Norwich v Chelsea
Norwich have scored a reasonably healthy number of goals this season -32. But the source is particularly interesting – 13 goals have come from headers and no other side in the Premier League is even in double figures. Norwich have only been shut-out three times this season – Spurs, Manchester United and West Brom.
Chelsea are 11 points behind Manchester City so they will be supporting Spurs this weekend. If Chelsea can match their clean sheet against Sunderland last week it will be only their second consecutive clean sheet this season – the other against Wolves then Newcastle.
Frank Lampard has now scored nine goals so far – one more and he will have hit double figures in the Premier League in the last 9 seasons.
Return of Michael Essien last week against Sunderland as a sub could have a big impact over the rest of the season
Bolton v Liverpool
Bolton have only dropped two points after scoring first in the PL this season – problem is they have only opened the scoring 5 times in 21 games
They now have Gary Cahill size hole in the defense that has already conceded the most goals in total (46) and most at home (24).
Liverpool – Source of goals – 24 goals in total, 11 open play, 8 resulting from free kicks, one penalty and 3 ogs.
Liverpool pretty much own Bolton as far as recent results are concerned although they have had to fight very hard at times for all three points
Charlie Adam criticized but he has been involved (2 goals at 8 assists) in just under 40% of Liverpool’s goals in the PL this season
Everton v Blackburn / Fulham v Newcastle / QPR v Wigan / Stoke v West Brom/ Sunderland v Swansea/ Wolverhampton v Aston Villa.
Everton have been brutal at home this season – three points this time though?
Fulham match looks interesting – never know which Fulham side will turn up. An accusation that was often made against Newcastle a few years back.
QPR and Wigan – a six pointer.
Stoke play Wigan in a match that brings together two managers who are in many aspects polar-opposites.
Swansea – will they start believing the press reports they received this week? Like Sunderland for this one.
Midlands derby with Wolves and Villa. Fancy a draw in this one.
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