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The teams: Norwich City vs Chelsea

There are three changes to the side which started against Leicester City last weekend.

One of those is in midfield where Mateo Kovacic comes in for N'Golo Kante who is missing today with an ankle injury and another is up front. 

Tammy Abraham returns with Olivier Giroud moving to the bench. Michy Bathshuayi, who scored twice in a PL2 game on Monday, is also among the subs. 

Pedro was originally named in the 11 but Ross Barkley began the match instead.

In defence Kurt Zouma makes his 50th Premier League appearance for Chelsea. 

Norwich name a side unchanged from their home win against Newcastle last time out.

Chelsea:

Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Christensen, Emerson; Jorginho, Kovacic; Mount, Barkley, Pulisic; Abraham.

Chelsea subs: Caballero, Tomori, Alonso, Willian, Batshuayi, Giroud.

 

Norwich: Krul; Aarons, Hanley (c), Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, Leitner; Cantwell, Stiepermann, Buendia; Pukki.

Norwich subs: Fahrmann, Byram, Roberts, Vrancic, McLean, Tettey, Srbeny.

The referee is Martin Atkinson.

Stat recap

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.

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.

Since losing three of their first five league games in 2018/19, Norwich City have lost 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.

Daniel Farke’s side 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 just seven points from a possible 45 in this run (one win, four draws and 10 defeats).


 

 

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