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Guus Hiddink: Chelsea aiming to secure European qualification …

Guus Hiddink 1 has admitted Chelsea 2 now have a new target for this season: securing a place in next season’s Europa League 3 through their exploits in the Premier League 4 . The Blues secured a hardfought and nervy 2-1 victory away to Norwich on Tuesday night, which lifted the reigning league champions into eighth place in the standings, just four points behind sixth-placed West Ham, who play Tottenham on Wednesday. With Manchester City winning the Capital One Cup on Sunday and looking likely to end the season in the top four spots, which would secure Champions League football for them in the process, the additional Europa League spot could go to the club finishing in sixth place this season.

Should Chelsea manage to maintain their good form – they remain unbeaten in 12 Premier League matches – they could feasibly achieve such an aim despite their poor start to the campaign. And Hiddink admitted after Chelsea beat Norwich to lift themselves into the top half of the table for the first time since August, he wants his team to focus on securing European football for next season along with trying to win the FA Cup and go as far as possible in the Champions League. “Now with the ambition of Chelsea we must set a new target and see what we can do in the direction of Europe,” Hiddink said. “We have now won a few games in a row. We have to keep on winning.

If everyone is on board and there are no big injuries, we’d like to go as high as possible towards the European spots.” The victory at Carrow Road means Chelsea have won three Premier League games in a row for the first time since April 2015.” References ^ Guus Hiddink (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Chelsea (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Europa League (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Premier League (www.standard.co.uk)

Norwich City vs Chelsea: Prediction, team news, TV channel …

Chelsea 1 face their second successive Premier League 2 away trip on Tuesday when they play Norwich City 3 at Carrow Road following a comeback win at Southampton 4 on Saturday. Date, time and venue Chelsea travel to play Norwich on Tuesday 1 March at Carrow Road, with the game kicking off at 19:45 PM. Where to watch The game will not be shown live, but fans can follow all the action as it happens in Standard Sport’s blog from 18:45 PM.

Last five matches Southampton 1 Chelsea 2 5 (27/02/2016) Chelsea 5 Manchester City 1 6 (21/02/2016) PSG 2 Chelsea 1 7 (16/02/2015) Chelsea 5 Newcastle 1 8 (13/02/16) Chelsea 1 Man United 1 9 (07/02/16) Team news and probable line ups Pedro will miss the match after suffering a hamstring injury against Southampton, which forced him off the field after just seven minutes. John Terry remains a doubt as Hiddink said on Saturday he doesn’t “want to take a big risk on his fitness”, although Radamel Falcao and Kurt Zouma will definitely be sidelined through injury. Meanwhile, Abdul Baba Rahman could be sacrificed at left back for Kenedy after the former’s mistake at St Mary’s Stadium saw him replaced at the break before Hiddink praised Kenedy’s subsequent performance.

In contrast, the only injury concerns Norwich have to contend with is that to Andre Wisdom. Norwich possible starting XI: Ruddy, Pinto, Bennett, Martin, Klose, Brady, Redmond, Tettey, Howson, Naismith, Jerome. Chelsea possible starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.

What they re saying Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: “The Chelsea we want to see is one which reacts to setbacks. We like to be proactive also, and this is what the team did, regaining possession as soon as possible and showing a huge desire to turn a negative result into a positive one. “We emphasised that and the players responded.” In Pictures: Southampton vs Chelsea Norwich boss Alex Neil: “I don’t think we deserved that to lose to Leicester. In the game we had good chances and defensively we were solid.

We kept Vardy and Mahrez quiet and we certainly deserved something. There are a lot of things to take from it. “We have a game on Tuesday and we’ll get it out of our system before then.” Prediction What do you think the result of the match at Carrow Road will be? Have your say by voting in the poll below!

Betting odds (Bet Victor) Norwich to win: 11/2 Chelsea to win: 4/7 Draw: 16/5 All odds provided courtesy of Bet Victor.

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Norwich City vs Chelsea: Prediction, team news, TV coverage …

Chelsea 1 face their second successive Premier League 2 away trip on Tuesday when they play Norwich City 3 at Carrow Road following a comeback win at Southampton 4 last Saturday. Teams Norwich City starting XI: Ruddy; Bennett, Martin (c), Klose; Pinto, Tettey, Howson, Brady; Redmond, Hoolahan, Jerome. Substitutes: Mbokani, Jarvis, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Olsson, O’Neil.

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy, Fabregas, Matic, Hazard, Oscar, Traore, Diego Costa. Substitutes: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Pato, Remy. But who will come out on top?

Stay tuned to Standard Sport for all the action! Please wait a moment for the Live Blog to load. What they said Norwich boss Alex Neil: “Are you going to roll over and give up?

We’re fighting for our lives and we want to stay in the Premier League. A win changes everything. “We are capable of a level that can get us positive results in the remaining 11 games. “There is no point us dipping our toe in the water and being a bit cagey and hoping we see things out. We need to go and attack it.” Player ratings: Southampton vs Chelsea Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: “When I started in December we were close to the relegation zone, one point away.

Of course this club must have big objectives but it was a side objective to get away from the relegation zone as soon as possible. “The team did well with draws and victories so in a relatively short time we’ve accomplished that in-between target.

That encourages us to go on.” References ^ Chelsea (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Premier League (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Norwich City (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Southampton (www.standard.co.uk)

Norwich vs Tottenham team news: Kevin Wimmer starts alongside …

Mauricio Pochettino 1 has made seven changes to his Tottenham 2 side that beat Colchester at the weekend as he brings in the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son for the club’s Premier League 3 clash with Norwich City 4 while keeping Kevin Wimmer in defence. The Argentine has reverted back to a first-choice line-up for the game at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, and has decided to pair up Wimmer with Alderweireld in central defence as Jan Vertonghen remains out for the next two months through injury. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose also come into the Spurs side in the full-back positions while Eric Dier is pushed further up field alongside Mousa Dembele.

Pochettino has also decided to start Alli with Christian Eriksen, Son and Harry Kane taking up the rest of the attacking positions. Hugo Lloris replaces Michel Vorm in goal. Meanwhile, Norwich boss Alex Neill has handed new signing Timm Klose a starting spot in his team following the Canaries’ poor record at the back in recent weeks.

Tottenham XI to face Norwich: Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane.

Norwich XI to face Tottenham: Rudd; Pinto, Klose, Bassong, Olsson; Howson, Mulumbu, Tettey (c), Jarvis; Naismith; Mbokani.

References ^ Mauricio Pochettino (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Tottenham (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Premier League (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Norwich City (www.standard.co.uk)

Patrick Bamford to Norwich City: Chelsea striker moves to Carrow …

1/24 Mohamed Elneny 1 to Arsenal The 23-year-old joined the Gunners from Swiss side Basel after making over 90 league appearances for the club and winning three consecutive Super League titles. An experienced Egyptian international, Elneny can operate in several midfield roles and will provide Arsene Wenger with a versatile option in the centre of the park. Getty Images 2/24 Steven Caulker 2 to Liverpool The 24-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Southampton but completed a short-term switch to Anfield to provide Jurgen Klopp with defensive cover.

Having struggled for game time on the South Coast, the England international will be keen to impress. Reuters 3/24 Matt Jarvis to Norwich With West Ham boasting a wealth of midfield options, Jarvis completed a season-long loan move to Carrow Road last summer. The 29-year-old impressed sufficiently enough to earn a three-and-a-half year permanent deal earlier this month.

An astute signing from the Canaries. Rex 4/24 Jack Hunt to Sheffield Wednesday The 25-year-old full-back never played a competitive game for Crystal Palace after joining the south Londoners from Huddersfield Town in 2013. He joined the Owls on loan last Augist and, after making 22 appearances in all competitions, was rewarded with a three-and-a-half year permanent deal.

Rex 5/24 Charlie Austin 3 to Southampton The 26-year-old was set to become a free agent in the summer but QPR secured a fee for his services after he completed a move to Southampton earlier in the month. Austin had attracted interest from several sides and Ronald Koeman has got his hands on a forward who scored a healthy 18 goals in his only season at the top level. Getty Images 6/24 Alessandro Diamanti to Atalanta (on loan) The 32-year-old midfielder made just three substitute appearances for Watford after arriving in August.

The former Italy international, who won 17 senior caps for the Azzurri, has joined Serie A side Atalanta on loan until the end of the season. EPA 7/24 Diego Poyet to Charlton (on loan) The Championship strugglers have re-signed Poyet on loan after the midfielder was recalled from his initial loan spell at MK Dons by parent club West Ham. The 20-year-old came through the Valley’s youth ranks but joined the Hammers in the summer of 2014.

He will remain in south-east London until the end of the season. Getty Images 8/24 Mauro Zarate 4 to Fiorentina The forward started the season in memorable fashion, netting in a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, but has signed for Serie A club Fiorentina on a permanent basis. The 28-year-old’s fee is reported to be 1.5m.

9/24 Sam Byram 5 to West Ham The 22-year-old appeared to be destined for a move to Everton earlier in the transfer window but eventually chose to move to the Boleyn Ground. The former Leeds full-back may have grown up in Yorkshire but he was born in Essex and members of his family are Hammers fans.

10/24 Shilow Tracey 6 to Tottenham The 17-year-old midfielder was monitored by Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace and West Ham this month but committed his long-term future to Spurs after rising to prominence with National South side Ebbsfleet United. The north Londoners will be hoping they have unearthed another Dele Alli.

11/24 Emmanuel Adebayor 7 to Crystal Palace The Togo forward has penned a shot-term deal with Alan Pardew’s side, who have been short of goals in recent weeks. The former Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City striker has a wealth of experience and could be just the ticket for the south Londoners during the second half of the season.

12/24 Andros Townsend 8 to Newcastle The England international was previously seen as one of Tottenham’s most promising prospects, but fell out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino. Banished to the Under-21s after a bust up with one of the club’s fitness coaches, Townsend’s spell at White Hart Lane was brought to an end after he completed a 12m switch to Tyneside five days before the transfer deadline.

13/24 Ramires 9 to Jiangsu Suning A surprise departure but at 25million Chelsea could hardly say no to a sizeable profit on a player who was at best a squad member.

14/24 Alexandre Pato 10 to Chelsea Chelsea have taken a six-month gamble on the former AC Milan striker, who spent last season on loan with Sao Paulo. Pato will compete with Diego Costa for a first-choice striking role.

15/24 Sandro 11 to QPR The QPR midfielder has joined West Brom on loan with a view to a permanent summer move. Sandro has made just 11 appearances for Rangers in the Championship this season following the club’s relegation from the Premier League last term.

16/24 Mario Suarez 12 to Watford The 28-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Vicarage Road and joins from Serie A side Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee, understood to be around 4million.

17/24 Matt Miazga 13 to Chelsea The 20-year-old defender arrives from MLS side New York Red Bulls, and has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge.

18/24 Patrick Bamford 14 to Norwich City The academy graduate moves to Carrow Road on loan after only recently returning to Chelsea after deciding to cancel his stint at Crystal Palace after failing to cement his place in Alan Pardew’s side.

19/24 Emmanuel Emenike 15 to West Ham The 28-year-old Nigerian international arrives from Fenerbahce, though he has spent this season on loan at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates league.

20/24 Alex Prtichard 16 to West Brom The Tottenham man has joined West Brom on loan until the end of the season in a bid to get more game time. Pritchard was at Brentford last term, where he scored 12 Championship goals in 45 starts as the Bees made the play-offs.

21/24 Federico Fazio 17 to Sevilla (loan) The 28-year-old only signed for the north Londoners from the La Liga outfit in the summer of 2014 but has failed to establish himself at White Hart Lane.

22/24 Abdoulaye Doucoure 18 to Watford The 23-year-old midfielder signed for Watford only to immediately be sent out on loan to felllow Pozzo club Granada.

23/24 Mathieu Debuchy 19 to Bordeaux (loan) After a frustrating 18 months at Arsenal that saw Hector Bellerin comprehensively overtake him in Arsene Wenger’s affections. He moves to Bordeaux on loan in the hope of securing his spot in Didier Deschamps’ France side.

24/24 Yaya Sanogo 20 to Charlton (loan) Arsene Wenger had hoped that a spell at Ajax would sharpen Sanogo’s striking instincts. He didn’t start a single game and has now moved on to Charlton. They have had previous success with Arsenal loanees, with Francis Coquelin returning to the Emirates and establishing himself as a crucial first-teamer.

References ^ Mohamed Elneny (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Steven Caulker (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Charlie Austin (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Mauro Zarate (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Sam Byram (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Shilow Tracey (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Emmanuel Adebayor (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Andros Townsend (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Ramires (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Alexandre Pato (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Sandro (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Mario Suarez (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Matt Miazga (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Patrick Bamford (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Emmanuel Emenike (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Alex Prtichard (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Federico Fazio (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Abdoulaye Doucoure (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Mathieu Debuchy (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Yaya Sanogo (www.standard.co.uk)

Arsenal vs Sunderland team news: Oxlade-Chamberlain and …

Arsenal 1 manager Arsene Wenger 2 has made two changes to the side which drew at Norwich on Sunday. The Frenchman is forced into both of those alterations as Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla recover from problems sustained at Carrow Road. Joel Campbell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are introduced as Aaron Ramsey drops back to accompany Mathieu Flamini in deep midfield.

Keiran Gibbs, who dropped out of the matchday sqaud to face Norwich with an injury concern, returns to the bench.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce makes three changes to his Sunderland team as Jermain Defoe drops out of the squad with injury Arsenal: Cech, Beller n, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Cambell, zil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Walcott, Chambers, Iwobi Sunderland: Pantilimon, Yedlin, van Aanholt, Kaboul, O Shea (c), Coates, Toivonen, M Vila, Watmore, Borini, Fletcher.

References ^ Arsenal (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Arsene Wenger (www.standard.co.uk)

Norwich vs Arsenal – player ratings

1/24 John Ruddy: 3 One careless kick is understandable in the driving rain. But having miscued early on there were no excuses whatsoever for Ruddy s second shank, which led to Arsenal s goal. Three miscued kicks and more than one instance of poor positioning made up a woeful performance.

2/24 Ryan Bennett: 7 The 25-year-old was a commanding presence in the Norwich backline, competing well with Giroud in the air and repelling Arsenal crosses into the area.

3/24 Martin Ollson: 6 Was all too often dragged out of position by Ramsey when he cut infield, giving space for Bellerin to accelerate in to. His covering of the full-back improved in the second half though, as Norwich s resolve stiffened.

4/24 Sebastien Bassong: 6 A mistake-free display from the senior defender, he may not have done anything to seize headlines but he also never gave Alex Neil cause for concern.

5/24 Andre Wisdom: 7 Bombed up and down the right flank despite the threat posed by Sanchez and Monreal, creating his own chances with accurate crossing. Should have received an assist on the stroke of half-time after Hoolahan blew a perfect opportunity to give Norwich the lead.

6/24 Gary O’Neil: 6 Did all that could be asked of him in his chasing of Alexis Sanchez, the Arsenal man was often too good for him though, as when he carelessly lost the ball for the opener. But O Neil kept committing to tackles and trying to stem the Arsenal tide.

7/24 Graham Dorrans: 6 His main task seemed to be ensuring that Norwich held the ball on the occasions they were able to get it back from Arsenal, something he achieved without ever doing much more.

8/24 Jonny Howson: 5 Should have offered his team-mates more cover for the marauding Sanchez down the right, particularly as he offered next to nothing going forward. It was little surprise he was the first to make way for Norwich.

9/24 Wes Hoolahan: 5 A quiet day for the Irish playmaker, whose side did not have enough of the ball to get him involved. Blew Norwich s best chance to take the lead late in the first half and should have at least tested Cech from six yards out.

10/24 Robbie Brady: 8 By far the host s most effective attacking force, typified by an assist Ozil would have been proud of to draw Norwich level. His delivery from set-pieces often left Arsenal on the ropes and his ability to find a team-mate in space was remarkable.

11/24 Lewis Grabban: 6 Comfortably kept in check by Mertesacker for 45 minutes but when a chance fell to him he needed no second invitiation, turning well and calmly tucking the ball past Cech. He was not able to get back in the contest again but he had already made a telling contribution.

12/24 Petr Cech: 6 Could do nothing to prevent Grabban bringing Norwich level, and rarely had much to do as the visitors dominated proceedings. After a quiet 70 minutes he produced a spectacular save from a deflected cross to keep Arsenal level.

13/24 Hector Bellerin: 5 Rarely let Norwich s attack get in behind him but was not at his peak going forward. His afternoon was best summed up by his strange decision to shoot at goal from a tight angle when he could have delivered a cross.

2015 Getty Images 14/24 Per Mertesacker: 6 From minute one to minute 90 he didn t put a foot wrong, but then he was rarely tested by a Norwich side intent on holding on to a point.

15/24 Laurent Koscielny: 6 His injury bug struck once more, as he went off in the opening ten minutes due to back-pain.

16/24 Nacho Monreal: 5 Targeted Norwich s lack of numbers on the left flank, getting forward as Wisdom was dragged out of position by Sanchez. But time and again his delivery left a great deal to be desired whilst he found an Arsenal player it was not always the right player in the right position.

17/24 Mathieu Flamini: 6 Much improved from Wednesday s poor showing, Flamini seems to have calmed down and ditched his desire to be in every position at every time. He showed reliability in shielding a backline thrown together ten minutes into the game.

18/24 Aaron Ramsey: 6 An encouraging return to the starting XI for Ramsey, who continued to show his excellent understanding with Ozil and Sanchez. His influence visibly waned later in the second half, but Wenger will be pleased to have him back in contention.

19/24 Santi Cazorla: 7 Made the most of the opportunities Norwich provided him to bring the ball forward from deep, dribbling past opponents at will before teeing up team-mates. Another to suffer a potentially worrying injury, he slowed down significantly in the second half.

20/24 Mesut Ozil: 8 The playmaker has clearly taken on board his manager s wish for him to add greater goal threat to his game. Was immediately alive to the opportunity when Ruddy miscued his kick, finding space as a true poacher should.

21/24 Alexis Sanchez: 8 Consistently found the space to draw Norwich defenders into mistakes. It was little surprise that he was well-placed to profit for the opener. An excellent performance was cut short on the hour with an utterly predictable hamstring injury.

22/24 Olivier Giroud: 4 Whilst his team-mates displayed some sumptuous short passes and flicks around the area the Frenchman was unmoved and unmoving. He contributed next to nothing to the Arsenal attack, at best competing for a few headers.

23/24 Gabriel: 5 Got far too tight to Grabban as the Norwich striker converted to bring the hosts level. His second half got little better, as only a spectacular save from Cech prevented him from chalking up an own goal.

24/24 Joel Campbell: 6 With Arsenal attackers dropping like flies he did his case for further opportunities no harm with a half-hour cameo full of direct running and willingness to get into the right positions.

He may not have the quality of his more illustrious team-mates but that was somewhat compensated for by plenty of effort.

Arsene Wenger defends Arsenal's 14-minute flight ahead of Norwich …

Arsene Wenger 1 has defended Arsenal 2 ‘s decision to take a 14-minute flight to Norwich 3 ahead of their Premier League game with the Canaries on Sunday after saying roadworks has forced the club to fly instead of travel by coach or train. The Gunners were criticised by Plane Stupid 4 , a network of groups that work to try and end short-haul flights, on Friday for opting to take the 14-minute trip by air from Luton Airport to the city instead of travelling by coach – a two-and-a-half-hour journey – or taking a direct train, which would transport the Arsenal squad to Norwich within two hours. But Wenger insisted the club’s decision to fly the 118-mile journey on Saturday night is an exception and was necessary to ensure traffic problems do not delay the team’s trip to Norwich.

In quotes published by the Mirror, Wenger said: “We fly. Saturday night. After dinner here. “When we made the decision there was some roadworks planned.

Sometimes the access to Norwich is difficult, so we decided to fly. But it s not a lot of difference. “We do not fly a lot any more. We take a train or coach.

This is an exception. Now, we have a new coach. “When you go to Birmingham, we took the train a lot because the traffic was impossible on a Friday afternoon on the M1. “Now we found a solution is that we have dinner here and travel afterwards. So we go 7.30 to 9.30 and that usually goes well.

We have no traffic problems. “Before, when you left at 3 o clock, we never knew when we would arrive.” Arsenal also took the decision to fly to Norwich in 2012, which Wenger said at the time was down to trying to overcome a similar issue of roadworks. “Usually we take the train and there was no train available, so in the end we decided to fly because we had to drive up on Friday afternoon at the moment when you never know how long it lasts,” he said.

References ^ Arsene Wenger (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Arsenal (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Norwich (www.standard.co.uk) ^ The Gunners were criticised by Plane Stupid (www.standard.co.uk)