Norwich v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 20, 2019
Carrow Road - Premier League
Chelsea travel to newly-promoted Norwich in the Premier League this weekend, with Frank Lampard still looking for his first competitive win as manager. The Canaries may be the underdogs, but a 3-1 dismantling of Newcastle has provided so early-season confidence.
The FA Cup produced an encounter between these two sides as recently as January 2018, with a goal from Michy Batshuayi cancelled out in the 90th minute by Jamal Lewis. Despite bringing out the stars no further goals were scored in extra time, before Chelsea went on to win on penalties.
Norwich are without a number of key players as both first-choice centre-backs Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose have missed the first two games of the season. New signing Ibrahim Amadou will hope to get some game time, although Onel Hernández is set for a lengthy spell on the side-lines.
The Blues also have a number of big-name absentees, the most significant being Antonio Rudiger at centre-back. Callum Hudson-Odoi is also continuing rehabilitation whilst Reece James' absence means that Cesar Azpilicueta is the only available right back following Davide Zappacosta's loan move to Roma.
Norwich v Chelsea Predictions and Previews
With two Premier League games gone and just one point Lampard will be keen to make an impression against Norwich. Daniel Farke's side sit four points above their opponents on Saturday, and will be keen to avoid slipping down the table so early in the season.
The Canaries have shown that they have the quality to pose a threat going forward, but whether they have the defensive capabilities to keep the Blues at bay remains to be seen. This should make for an interesting tie, as Chelsea have appeared to struggle in front of goal so far this season, with Lampard struggling to decide on a forward able to consistently score goals.
Simultaneously, the Blues have looked shaky at the back at times, with Kurt Zouma's defending lurching from imperious to panic-inducing in a David Luiz-esque manner. Teemu Pukki is very much the man-of-the-moment for Norwich following his hattrick against Newcastle, and is currently 17/10 to unlock the Chelsea back line.
Saturday's match is likely to be a testing ground for both sides, as Farke looks to evaluate where his team fits within the Premier League. Their opening two games, against possibly the best and the worst teams in the division provide little information, but a result against the Blues will show they are moving in the right direction.
Likewise, Lampard appears to have Chelsea playing good football, but failing to get results. Its worth noting that the Blues have as many points from their opening two fixtures as they did against the same opponents last season, although this will do little to reassure impatient fans.
The two teams have made for interesting football in their opening 180 minutes of the season, and hopefully will continue to do so on Saturday.
Michy Batshuayi to score last at 8/1
The forward has yet to play under Lampard, but may get a run out if the Blues are coasting.
Both teams to score at 4/7
Chelsea may be the overwhelming favourites, but may struggle to contain Pukki.