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Blues Bulletin: Chelsea vs Norwich

Saturday's Premier League action starts with Chelsea against the Canaries at Stamford Bridge, and our preview begins with the key match stats and info...

 

Chelsea vs Norwich head to head

The last occasion Norwich won at the Bridge was in October 1993 in the Premier League when Ruel Fox and Chris Sutton scored midway through each half. Gavin Peacock reduced the deficit late on from a Steve Clarke cross-header. They have taken just one point from their last seven trips to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso (James 80); Loftus-Cheek (Barkley 66), Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud (Abraham 85), Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi 80)
Unused subs: Caballero, Christensen, Tomori, Mount, Pedro
Booked: Zouma 59, Kovacic 62
Scorer: Giroud 45+3
Head coach: Frank Lampard

Norwich City (4-5-1): Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis; Cantwell (Buendia 71), Rupp (Martin 88), Tettey (c) (Stiepermann 78), McLean, Hernandez (Pukki 78); Drmic (Idah 78)
Unused subs: McGovern, Thomas, Vrancic, Trybull
Booked: Cantwell 58, Buendia 88
Head coach: Daniel Farke

Ben Chilwell has scored a goal in each of his last three Premier League games as well as a goal in his last three club and England games. He is the also the first Chelsea defender to score in three successive Premier League games, if you count a wing-back as a defender.

At Brentford, Edouard Mendy kept his 30th clean sheet on his 54th appearance. Only Petr Cech managed fewer games to reach that milestone (51).

Chelsea are the first team in the top four tiers of English football to win seven consecutive away London derbies, only conceding one goal in those games.

Chelsea haven’t won any of our last four Premier League matches that have kicked off at 12.30pm on a Saturday, losing the last two against West Brom in April and Man City in September.


Milestones

Norwich stats

Last season
Championship: Winners
FA Cup: Fourth round
League Cup: First round
Top scorer all competitions: Teemu Pukki 26 (all league)

This season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: Aarons 8, Hanley 8, Krul 8, Pukki 8
Most goals: Pukki 2 (one pen)
Most assists: Normann 1
Most clean sheets: Krul 2
Red cards: None

Norwich remain the only side yet to take the lead in a Premier League match this season. The Canaries haven’t led in any of their last 12 games in the competition.

Norwich’s successive goalless draws against Burnley and Brighton in the Premier League was the first time they have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the competition since March 2016. They are looking to keep three consecutive Premier League shut outs for the first time since November 2012.

Daniel Farke’s side have yet to score a goal in their four Premier League games on the road – Man City 0-5, Arsenal 0-1, Everton 0-2, Burnley 0-0. They are without a goal in their last 10 hours and 26 minutes of play on the road in the competition, since Emi Buendia netted against Watford in July 2020.

Norwich have failed to score more than once in any of their last 26 Premier League matches, netting just seven goals in total in this run. No side has ever had a longer such run in the competition’s history.

Norwich haven’t won any of their last 16 Premier League away games, scoring just four goals in that run.

Billy Gilmour is ineligible to play due to the terms of his loan. He has started in half of Norwich’s eight Premier League games and has been an unused sub in their last three. For Scotland he has started all five internationals this season.

Daniel Farke has lost all six of his Premier League games in London.

Daniel Farke’s record v Chelsea:
Won: 0
Drawn: 2
Lost: 2

Norwich's last Premier League match

Saturday 16 October 2021
Norwich 0 Brighton 0
Team (5-3-2): Krul; Aarons, Kabak, Hanley (c), Gibson, Giannoulis; Lees-Melou, Normann (Rupp 83), McLean; Sargent (Rashica 76), Pukki (Idah 90)
Booked: Kabak, Giannoulis, Pukki
Crowd: 26,777

Norwich's summer transfer window

IN

Dimitris Giannoulis - PAOK
Ben Gibson - Burnley
Billy Gilmour - Chelsea, loan
Angus Gunn - Southampton
Ozan Kabak - Schalke, loan
Pierre Lees-Melou - Nice
Mathias Normann - Rostov, loan
Milot Rashica - Werder Bremen
Josh Sargent - Werder Bremen
Christos Tzolis - PAOK
Brandon Williams - Man Utd, loan

OUT

Alex Tettey - Released, now Rosenborg
Mario Vrancic - Released, now Stoke
Emiliano Buendia - Aston Villa
Marco Stiepermann - Released, now Paderborn
Josip Drmic - Rijeka, loan
Jordan Hugill - West Brom, loan
Onel Hernandez - Middlesbrough, loan
Timm Klose - Released

Discipline

There are no suspensions.

In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match-suspension in the competition.

Premier League bookings list

Chelsea: Alonso 2, Rudiger 2, Christensen 1, Kovacic 1, Mendy 1, Thiago Silva 1, Werner 1

Norwich: Aarons 2, Cantwell 2, Kabak 2, Lees-Melou 2, Williams 2, Giannoulis 1, Hanley 1, Normann 1, Pukki 1

Referee and VAR

Referee: Andy Madley
VAR: Michael Oliver

This will be Andy Madley’s first Blues game this season and third in 2021. The other two were both at Stamford Bridge, against Sheffield United in March in the FA Cup and for the goalless draw against Wolves in January, Tuchel's first game in charge. 

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