Canaries will be feeling blue, say bookies

PUBLISHED: 09:34 16 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:05 14 September 2010

There is more chance of cookery queen Delia Smith stripping for men's mag Playboy than there is of Norwich beating Chelsea tomorrow.

That's the verdict of bookmaker William Hill, which rated the Canaries' chances as of beating the Premiership champions at 16-1.

There is more chance of cookery queen Delia Smith stripping for men's mag Playboy than there is of Norwich beating Chelsea tomorrow.

That's the verdict of bookmaker William Hill, which rated the Canaries' chances as of beating the Premiership champions at 16-1.

The bookies put even money on the Norwich City director modelling for the men's porn magazine and said there was more chance of snow falling in April than the Championship side walking away from tomorrow's clash at Stamford Bridge as heroes.

But despite the poor odds Norwich South MP and sacked Home Secretary Charles Clarke has little to smile about. According to the bookies, Norwich, which is languishing in the bottom of the League Championship, has got more chance of pounding Jose Mourinho's star-studded line-up tomorrow than Mr Clarke has of inheriting the title of Prime Minister from beleaguered incumbent Tony Blair

And there is a greater likelihood of the Canaries thrashing the Premier League champions than there is of Adrian Ramsay, the ambitious city council Green Party leader, of ever achieving his goal of becoming the first Green MP.

A 6,300 travelling army will march on southwest London tomorrow for the FA Cup fifth-round tie despite most branding it Mission Impossible.

Extra ticket staff have been drafted in to meet the huge demand for the Canaries' biggest away turnout since last-day Premiership relegation at Fulham in May 2005 and will be hoping talisman Darren Huckerby can work his matchday magic to guide Peter Grant's men to victory.

The last time Norwich played at Stamford Bridge, they lost 4-0 to Chelsea in a re-match as a result of a 0-0 draw in the 2002 FA Cup at Carrow Road.

Chairman of Norwich City Independent Supporters' Association and city councillor Roy Blower, who will be the next Lord Mayor, said he would not be betting on Norwich winning despite the Canaries' victory against League One club Blackpool on Tuesday.

He said. “We would all love to see Norwich do it but being a realist you just hope we give them a good game. I wouldn't say we are going to win though.

“Chelsea have got so much money at their disposal - they have got players worth £10m in their reserve team and yet our whole team could be assembled for less.

“We played well against Blackpool yes but they are in a lower division and we had the Huckerby magic. Of course I am hoping that on the day something happens something like we score three goals and they can't score or a couple of their players get sent off or something strange happens, there is always a chance, but realistically 16-1 is about right.

“Mind you, in June 1976 snow fell in Norwich so anything is possible.”

North Norwich MP and ardent city fan Ian Gibson was far more optimistic saying Norwich would beat Chelsea tomorrow.

“It might be Chelsea are super confident on the day and put a reserve team out and then get beaten. I don't think the bookmakers know everything. Huckerby is impossible to stop when he is on form.

“Plus Norwich has just had the experience of playing as a team this week. Otherwise I am hoping it will be a draw and then they come back to Norwich for a replay, that's how confident I am,” he said.

The City underdogs are poised to pocket an estimated £300,000 in gate receipts from the trip to Stamford Bridge with Norwich entitled to a 45pc share of total through the turnstiles.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's team has won the Premiership for the past two years.

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Bookmakers William Hill reveals the odds on various occurrences to compare them to the odds of Norwich beating Chelsea tomorrow

Delia Smith appearing in Playboy: Even money

Snow falling on April 1: 8-1

Norwich beating Chelsea: 16-1

Adrian Ramsey becoming first Green MP: 20-1

Charles Clark becoming next PM: 33-1

Chris Moyles buying a flat in Norwich city centre: 50-1

Norwich hosting the 2016 Olympics: 50,000-1

Puppet man winning Pop Idol: 100,000 - 1

Shergar winning the 3.10 at Yarmouth 1,000,000 - 1

Elvis appearing in a Mile Cross chippy: 1,000,000 - 1

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