Our third league game of the season takes us to Carrow Road to meet new boys Norwich, and our build-up begins with all the key facts and figures...
Norwich vs Chelsea head-to-head record
Chelsea are unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions against Norwich, winning 10 and drawing five.
In the Premier League we have won eight and drawn two since our last defeat at Carrow Road in December 1994, when Jamie Cureton and a brace from Ashley Ward secured a 3-0 victory against Glenn Hoddle’s Blues.
At Carrow Road, we are undefeated in our last seven trips in league and cup.
In his playing career for the Blues, Frank Lampard never lost against Norwich, scoring four goals in his eight wins and three draws in all competitions.
Chelsea have lost just two of our last 22 Premier League games against newly promoted teams (15 wins, five draws), although both defeats came against reigning Championship champions; 0-3 v Newcastle in 2017/18, and 1-2 v Wolves last season.
Biggest league win for each team:
Norwich 4-1 Chelsea 1962/63
Chelsea 4-0 Norwich 2004/05
Chelsea’s biggest win at Carrow Road is 3-1 in 1990/91, 2004/05 and 2013/14
LAST TIME OUT AT NORWICH IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
NORWICH CITY 1 CHELSEA 2
Carrow Road, 01.03.16, 7.45pm
Norwich (3-4-2-1): Ruddy; R Bennett (Mbokani 60), Martin (c), Klose; Pinto, Tettey (O'Neil 35), Howson, Brady; Redmond, Hoolahan; Jerome.
Unused subs: Rudd, Jarvis, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Olsson.
Manager: Alex Neil
Booked: Howson, R Bennett, Klose.
Scorer: Redmond 68
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy (Baba 68); Fabregas, Matic; Traore (Willian 60), Oscar (Mikel 60), Hazard; Diego Costa.
Unused subs: Begovic, Loftus-Cheek, Pato, Remy.
Manager: Guus Hiddink
Booked: Oscar, Fabregas.
Scorers: Kenedy 1, Diego Costa 45+1.
Referee: Lee Mason
Chelsea's recent away record
The Blues are seeking a first away league win in five outings having drawn two and lost two of the previous four matches. We have lost six of our last 10 away Premier League matches, failing to score in seven of those games.
Mason Mount stats
Mason Mount is the first English player to score on his first home league appearance for Chelsea since Paul Hughes did so against Derby in January 1997.
Only Harry Wilson (24) has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions under Frank Lampard as a manager than Mason Mount (17 - 12 goals, five assists).
League games since
An away win: 4
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 0
If selected, Willian will make his 200th league appearance for the Blues. He will be the eighth overseas player to reach that milestone for the club behind Petr Cech (333), Branislav Ivanovic (261), Didier Drogba (254), John Mikel Obi (249), Eden Hazard (245), Cesar Azpilicueta (237) and Gianfranco Zola (229).
Kurt Zouma’s next appearance will be his 50th in the Premier League for Chelsea.
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Top scorer all competitions: Teemu Pukki 30
Last season’s Championship stats
Most starts: Krul 46, Pukki 43, Lewis 42
Most goals: Pukki 29, Vrancic 10, Stiepermann 9
Most assists: Emi 11, Pukki 10, Hernandez 9
Most clean sheets: Krul 13
Since losing three of their first five league games in 2018/19, Norwich City have lost just four of their last 43 league matches, winning 27 of them.
Norwich have won eight of their last 11 home league matches, drawing the other three since losing 3-4 against Frank Lampard’s Derby County in December.
The Canaries are looking to win three consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since December 2012.
Norwich City have won once in their last 15 Premier League home games against ‘big six’ opposition, picking up seven points from a possible 45 in this run (one win, four draws and 10 defeats).
The Canaries’ two games have seen nine goals scored (four scored, five conceded) – no team’s first two games have had more.
Teemu Pukki is the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick for Norwich City since Efan Ekoku against Everton in September 1993. He has become the first player in Premier League history to score as many as four goals in his first two appearances in the competition.
Since the start of the 2018/19 season Teemu Pukki has scored more league goals than any other player. The top five are:
Teemu Pukki, Norwich - 33
James Norwood, Tranmere/Ipswich - 31
Tammy Abraham, Aston Villa/Chelsea - 26
Neal Maupay, Brentford/Brighton - 26
James Collins, Luton - 26
Daniel Farke is the first Norwich manager to win his opening home Premier League game in charge of the Canaries since Mike Walker in August 1992 – prior to last week, each of the last seven managers had lost their first home game in charge of Norwich in the competition.
Norwich’s six pre-season friendlies were all played in Germany and England. First up they drew at Arminia Bielefeld and beat Schalke, before returning to England to lose to Brentford and then beat Luton 5-1 at Kenilworth Road. The last two were at Carrow Road against Atalanta, where Chelsea loanee Mario Pasalic scored in a 1-4 defeat, and then a 1-0 win over Toulouse.
Pre-season scorers: (12 in total)
Drmic 4 (1 pen), Buendia 1, Cantwell 1, Leitner 1, McLean 1, Pukki 1, Roberts 1, Srbeny 1, Stiepermann 1,
League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 2
A home defeat: 11
Norwich summer transfers
Daniel Adshead - Rochdale
Rocky Bushiri - KV Oostende
Sam Byram - West Ham
Josip Drmic - Borussia Monchengladbach
Ralf Fahrmann - Schalke
Aidan Fitzpatrick - Partick Thistle
Charlie Gilmour - Arsenal
Archie Mair - Aberdeen
Reece McAlear - Motherwell
Rob Nizet - Anderlecht
Ibrahim Amadou - Sevilla, loan
Patrick Roberts - Manchester City, loan
Marcel Franke - Hannover 96
Ben Marshall - Released
Nelson Oliveira - AEK Athens
Mason Bloomfield - Crawley, loan
Rocky Bushiri - Blackpool, loan
Josh Coley - Dunfermline, loan
James Husband - Blackpool, loan
Diallang Jaiyesimi - Swindon, loan
Ciaren Jones - Eastbourne Borough, loan
Carlton Morris - Rotherham, loan
Savvas Mourgos - Dordrecht, loan
Aston Oxborough - Wealdstone, loan
Sean Raggett - Portsmouth, loan
Louis Thompson - Shrewsbury, loan
There are no suspensions
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea: Jorginho 2, Abraham 1, Kante 1, Zouma 1
Norwich: Aarons 1, Buendia 1, Leitner 1
Norwich vs Chelsea referee and VAR
Referee: Martin Atkinson
VAR: Andre Marriner
Atkinson was the official for four of our Premier League games last season – away to Tottenham, Watford and Man Utd and at home to Arsenal.