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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V NORWICH CITY - PART TWO

To continue the countdown to Chelsea blue taking on Canary yellow today, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are joined by former player Clive Walker…


TACTICAL BRIEF
The league leaders aim to avoid a first defeat against Norwich since 1994 and take a three-point lead at the top into the international break. Former Blues winger Clive Walker weighs up how that may be achieved.


Key battles
'I think Robbie Di Matteo deserves a lot of credit for the way he has picked the right team for most occasions so far,' says Clive. 'It is still early days and there is lots of hard work still to do but he has been able to set out a good tactical line-up to get the result while giving the right players game time or a rest.

'It's about getting points in the bag, the ultimate goal being to win the Premier League. From what I have seen so far I reckon we've got a chance of winning it. The players have got to believe, and the fans too. Winning the title back would be the ultimate after last year.

'John Terry is still the best central defender at the club but he was given the night off on Tuesday and we still kept a clean sheet away to what was a talented Nordsjaelland team.

'I imagine JT will be back in the team on Saturday because although any two from the three centre-halves is a good one, you want your captain leading, organising and keeping it solid.

'Norwich have not been setting the world on fire in front of goal but they have some quality upfront. Last season pundits were calling for Grant Holt to be called up for Euro 2012, and he scored against us here, after a mix-up between Henrique Hilario and Branislav Ivanovic.

'He's a big, powerful lad and he will have the bit between his teeth after scoring against Liverpool. Steve Morison too, and he's a similarly burly sort of player. Norwich will be looking for the ball behind for the forwards to run on to.

'The new boy Simeon Jackson is quicker and more mobile and has been partnering Holt upfront in a 4-4-2, but they switched to a 4-2-3-1 when the Ghanaian, Alexander Tettey, was put on in midfield and I think that's how they'll set up on Saturday.

'Paul Lambert came here and attacked, but I can see Chris Hughton thinking safety first is the best policy when you visit Stamford Bridge. It may be another Stoke, where everyone - players, crowd - have to remain patient and whoever has the chance must take it, just like Ashley Cole did.

'It really helps if you're knocking them in from set plays. You have that extra confidence every time there's a dead-ball situation and the opposition are nervous too.

'Let's be honest we haven't been scoring many free kicks in recent seasons and fans love to see more of a threat there. It's those moments that can swing a tough match. Long may it continue.

'I would have thought Tettey will be a defensive anchor in midfield, and that will be his first Premier League start since switching from Rennes in the French league. He will have his work cut out, whoever Robbie selects to play in that forward three behind Fernando Torres. I wouldn't want to face that lot straight away - any visitor making their debut against us is perfect.

'Norwich know they will have to deal with loads of pace, energy and quick passes. If they're not careful they will be giving away fouls in very dangerous areas. We saw that last week - and that was against Arsenal, who are a top side.

'Juan Mata especially stands out at the moment. When he is on the ball he uses it very well. He's making and scoring the goals too. That rest he had has given him a new lease of life.

Mata


'For a young man Oscar does a job for the team, like limiting Mikel Arteta's contribution last Saturday, and he may have a slightly freer role against Norwich, especially if Mikel - who is having an excellent season - returns as expected. The system change, with two in there, has made him a much, much better player.

'This might be a chance for Brana to have a break - he has played every minute in the league and Champions League so far and may play for Serbia next week too. We saw Cesar Azpilicueta's all-round qualities as a right-back against Wolves and the fans took to him straight away. Having said that the management may be reluctant to break up a full-back pairing that is working so well.

'One thing Robbie and his staff might consider, though, is that City's Javier Garrido had a bit of a nightmare last time he was here with Man City, a few years back.

'We beat them 6-0 and he was pretty much at fault on every goal. Hughton will not want him switching off like he did then, but a tricky player down our right might cause him problems.'

Squad news
Daniel Sturridge's hamstring injury will keep the striker out for one more game. He is expected to be fit for the next match after the international break.

For Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong (hamstring) and wideman Anthony Pilkington (back) could return.

Full-back Steven Whittaker is out with an ankle injury and striker Harry Kane, on-loan from Spurs, has a broken metatarsal.

KEY TWEET ANSWER
Ivorian is the answer to the question posed in Part One yesterday - which nationality other than British has contributed the most goals for Chelsea down the years? #CFCPMB
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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V NORWICH CITY - PART TWO

CHELSEA STATS
The Blues are hoping for a fifth straight win in all competitions.

Chelsea boast the Barclays Premier League's tightest defence, conceding three goals in six matches.

The Blues are eight points better off after six games than in last season's corresponding fixtures.

On each of the five occasions we have opened the scoring in the Premier League this term we have gone on to win the match.

Chelsea have won 12 of our last 14 games at Stamford Bridge. Newcastle are the only team to have won here in that time, with Tottenham gaining a point in a goalless draw.

Last six results
Sep 15 QPR (a) D 0-0
Sep 19 Juventus (Champions League h) D 2-2
Sep 22 Stoke (h) W 1-0
Sep 25 Wolves (League Cup h) W 6-0
Sep 29 Arsenal (a) W 2-1
Oct 2 FC Nordsjaelland (Champions League a) W 4-0

 

Premier League scorers
Torres 3, Ivanovic 2, Lampard 2 (2 pens), Cahill 1, Cole 1, Hazard 1 (pen), Mata 1. Total 11.


League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 7
A home defeat: 4



Chelsea's next three games
Sat 20 Oct Tottenham Hotspur away 12.45pm
Tue 23 Oct Shakhtar Donetsk (CL) away 7.45pm
Sun 28 Oct Manchester United home 4pm

 

MILESTONES
If selected, John Mikel Obi with make his 250th appearance for the club

Petr Cech's next appearance will be his 380th, bringing him equal to Peter Osgood as our 12th all-time appearance maker

Frank Lampard is one goal away from equalling our all-time league scorer in top-flight matches, Bobby Tambling, with 129 goals. He is currently level with Roy Bentley with 128.

John Terry needs one goal to reach 50 in all competitions for the Blues


NORWICH STATS
Formed
1902

Major trophies
2 League Cups in 1962 and 1985


Norwich's highest league finish was in the Premier League in 1992/93 when they finished third behind champions Man Utd and runners-up Aston Villa.

Norwich are still looking for their first Premier League win of the season. They have won just one of their last 11 Premier League games - Aston Villa at home on 13 May.

The Canaries have only gained one point after going behind.

Chris Hughton's men, with QPR, have the lowest goal tally in the top flight with four goals in six games. They have only breached the net once in their three away matches.


Manager Chris Hughton
Days in charge: 121
Played 8
Won 2
Drawn 3
Lost 3

 

Norwich's last 10 year league history

Pts Pos Division Level
2002/03 69 8th League Division One 2
2003/04 94 1st League Division One 2
2004/05 33 19th Premier League 1
2005/06 62 9th Championship 2
2006/07 57 16th Championship 2
2007/08 55 17th Championship 2
2008/09 46 22nd Championship 2
2009/10 95 1st League One 3
2010/11 84 2nd Championship 2
2011/12 47 12th Premier League 1


Last six results
Aug 28 Scunthorpe (League Cup h) W 2-1
Sep 1 Tottenham (a) D 1-1
Sep 15 West Ham (h) D 0-0
Sep 23 Newcastle (a) L 0-1
Sep 26 Doncaster (League Cup h) W 1-0
Sep 29 Liverpool (h) L 2-5

 

Premier League scorers
Holt 1, Jackson 1, Morison 1, Snodgrass 1. Total 4.



PMB

League games since
An away win: 5
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 0


SUMMER MOVES
Norwich
Ins Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham, undisclosed), Mark Bunn (Blackburn, undisclosed), Jacob Butterfield (Barnsley, undisclosed), Harry Kane (Tottenham, loan), Robert Snodgrass (Leeds, £3m), Michael Turner (Sunderland, undisclosed), Steven Whittaker (Rangers, free), Javier Garrido (Lazio, loan), Alexander Tettey (Rennes, undisclosed).
Outs David Ayala (Nottingham Forest, loan), Andrew Crofts (Brighton, undisclosed), Zak Whitbread (Leicester, free), Aaron Wilbraham (Crystal Palace, free), James Vaughan (Huddersfield, loan), Adam Drury (Leeds, free).


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Anthony Taylor is refereeing his third Chelsea match but first in the Premier League. His two previous games were last season's FA Cup: the 4-0 victory over Portsmouth at Stamford Bridge and the 2-0 win at Birmingham - Roberto Di Matteo's first match in charge.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

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