It's Norwich City vs Chelsea in the early Premier League game on Saturday. The Canaries have taken to life in the top-flight well, recording a 3-1 win over Newcastle last weekend.
Frank Lampard took over at Stamford Bridge in the summer but his side have looked laboured thus far. The Londoners were thumped 4-0 by Manchester United on matchday one before drawing 1-1 with Leicester City.
Norwich City vs Chelsea – Match details, kick-off time and where to watch
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Carrow Road
Date: 24th August 2019
Kick-Off Time: 12:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Martin Atkinson
Where to Watch
The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
Norwich City vs Chelsea – The form guide
Having won the Championship in emphatic style last term, Norwich have refused to compromise on their attacking principles. Daniel Farke’s side were undone by Liverpool but showed just how effective they can be last time out. A Teemu Pukki hat-trick gave the hosts their first top-flight win since May 2016 and in great style, too.
A lack of defensive discipline will be a concern for Lampard. His side have failed to keep a clean sheet in three competitive encounters so far including the UEFA Super Cup final. Leicester had the better of the final stages in their previous outing and the Canaries should provide another stern test in East Anglia.
What are the latest odds?
Betfair Sportsbook make Chelsea 4/5 (1.80) favourites. Usually, such a price about the Blues to see off a newly promoted side might have punters queuing up to back the visitors, but they’re tough to trust. Norwich are available at 16/5 (4.20) to make it back-to-back Premier League wins with the draw trading at 3/1 (4.0) at the time of writing.
Norwich City vs Chelsea Team News
The home side will be without long term absentees Christoph Zimmerman and Onel Hernandez. Timm Klose continues his recovery from a knee injury but this game may come too soon for the defender to be involved. After such a convincing win last time out, Farke is expected to name an unchanged side.
Antonio Rudiger is nearing a return. The 26-year-old defender played 90 minutes for Chelsea’s development squad on Monday night as he recovers from a knee injury. The Germany international has been out of action since April though and is unlikely to be put straight back into the starting line-up for Saturday’s trip to Carrow Road.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remain side-lined for the visitors.
Predicted Line Ups
Norwich City: Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, Leitner, Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Mount; Pedro, Giroud, Pulisic
Predictions for the match?
Mason Mount impressed against Leicester, pouncing on an error from Wilfried N’didi to give his side the lead. The 20-year-old is 23/10 (3.30) to score anytime at Carrow Road having netted 11 times under the stewardship of Lampard at Derby County last season.
The defences look set for another tough afternoon. Both teams to score is just 8/15 (1.53) while over 2.5 goals is marginally bigger at 8/13 (1.62) with Betfair Sportsbook. Norwich will continue their attacking approach and given Chelsea’s issues at the back, the Canaries could be set for more joy in the final third.
It’s 10/11 (1.91) that the home side avoid defeat and that’s worth considering but there is a better selection available for punters looking to oppose the favourites.
Betting Tips for Norwich City vs Chelsea
Teemu Pukki has made a blistering start to the Premier League season. The striker topped the scoring charts in the Championship last term with 30 goals and has already plundered four more in the top-flight.
As the focal point of Norwich’s attack and against a suspect visiting defence, he looks well worth backing to score again at an industry-best price of 17/10 (2.70) with Betfair Sportsbook.
The same firm are also joint best about Pukki scoring two or more at 9/1 (10.0). That is worth a smaller stake for those who are more adventurous with their betting.