Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Chelsea kick off their 2017/2018 FA Cup campaign with a match against Norwich City at Carrow Road. The Blues were beaten by their local rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final last term and, no doubt, they are determined to regain the trophy. Chelsea have slim chances of winning the Premier League trophy and we predict that coach Antonio Conte is going to field the best possible side against the Championship club. The Canaries, on the other hand, have been struggling in the Championship this season and they do not seem capable of matching the star-studded Premier League side. Chelsea are likely to take Saturday’s football match very seriously and we believe that there is a big value in betting on Antonio Conte’s troops. You should bear in mind that it has been 23 years since Norwich City recorded their last win over Chelsea in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Russell Martin):
Russell Martin is a professional football player who was born on 4 January, 1986. Martin plays for Norwich City, but he began his senior career at Wycombe Wanderers. After making 116 appearances for the club, he joined Peterborough United in May, 2008 and in January, 2010 he signed a contract with Norwich City. Despite being born in England, Russell Martin plays for Scotland national team and it has to be noted that he made his international debut in May, 2011 against Wales. Martin won Championship play-offs with Norwich City in the 2014/2015 campaign, but the Canaries quickly dropped to the English second-tier. Despite the fact that Norwich City failed to avoid relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, he decided not to leave the club. Russell is a right back, but he is capable of playing as a centre back as well. He was born in Brighton, England and he attended Varndean School.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.