Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s loss at Sheffield United when they welcome already-relegated Norwich City to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The Blues lost 3-0 to Chris Wilder’s side at Bramall Lane, while Norwich’s relegation was confirmed on Saturday when they suffered a 4-0 defeat at home to West Ham United.
The race for the top four in the Premier League is threatening to go to the wire, with Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United battling for the two spots behind Liverpool and Manchester City.
Fifth could yet be enough to qualify for next season’s Champions League due to Man City’s European ban, but there is no question that the three teams mentioned will be determined to finish inside the top four.
Chelsea currently hold third, but Saturday’s loss to the Blades mean that Leicester and Man United will both have the chance to go above them when they play their respective matches on Sunday and Monday.
As a result, Frank Lampard’s side could be down in fifth by the time that they take to the field for this match and another poor result against Norwich might leave them vulnerable to the teams behind them.
Chelsea will fancy their chances of picking up a positive result, though, having won each of their last four Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, including victories over Manchester City and Watford since returning to the field following the league’s postponement.
Norwich, meanwhile, will already be thinking about next season, having had their relegation back to the Championship confirmed on Saturday afternoon.
It was only a matter of time before the drop was confirmed, but there is no question that their supporters would have been incredibly disappointed with the manner of the defeat to West Ham, who ran riot at Carrow Road courtesy of four goals from Michail Antonio.
The Canaries have now lost each of their last eight games in all competitions, including seven in the Premier League, while they have managed just one goal in their six league games since the lockdown period.
Just five wins and 24 defeats from their 35 matches this season is an indication of their struggles in England’s top flight, while they are comfortably the lowest scorers in the division with 26.
A trip to Stamford Bridge is not quite what the team would have wanted after a four-goal loss at home to West Ham, but the pressure is now arguably off Farke’s side, which could give them a boost.