Chelsea vs Norwich City Premier League LIVE Football Score 23 Oct 2021
ABOUT THE MATCH
Chelsea is going head to head with Norwich City starting on 23 Oct 2021 at 11:30 UTC at Stamford Bridge stadium, London city, England. The match is a part of the Premier League.
Top meets bottom in Saturday’s Premier League battle at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea and Norwich City prepare to lock horns in the English capital. The Blues marched to a 1-0 win over Brentford in gameweek eight, while Norwich claimed their second point of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ are quickly finding out how dogged and determined Brentford can be in front of their own fans, and it was no different against Chelsea, but Thomas Tuchel’s side ultimately prevailed 1-0 in the West London derby. Ben Chilwell’s peach of a strike after 45 minutes was all that could separate the two sides on the day, and the Blues followed that up with a dominant Champions League performance versus Malmo, as Jorginho netted two penalties alongside goals from Kai Havertz and Andreas Christensen in a 4-0 win.
While Chelsea do not sit atop the pile in their Champions League group, they do lead the way in the Premier League with 19 points taken from a possible 24 and also in the knowledge that at least one of Manchester United or Liverpool will drop points on Sunday. Sixteen goals scored – at an average of two per game – is not the most prolific record in the top flight, but a mere three conceded at the other end of the pitch typifies the new-found defensive resilience under Tuchel, whose side have also amassed nine goals at home in the league so far this term.
Any hopes of keeping pace with Manchester City on the goalscoring front may have been dashed with injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner in midweek, but with the chasing pack ready to close in, nothing but a dominant win will do for Chelsea over the hapless Canaries. While Norwich’s wait for an elusive first win of the new Premier League season continues, the Canaries have posted two respectable results in recent weeks, playing out back-to-back goalless draws with Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion in recent weeks.
Last weekend’s stalemate with the Seagulls certainly caught the eye given Brighton’s stellar start to the new season, but even though back-to-back clean sheets can certainly be seen as a positive, that has done little to help their standing in the table. The Canaries have now gone four top-flight games without a goal since Teemu Pukki’s effort against Watford, and they are yet to find the back of the net away from home this term, while their last top-flight win on the road came all the way back in November 2019.
However, Chelsea had to rely on an Olivier Giroud winner to see them to a 1-0 success over Norwich in their most recent Stamford Bridge battle, but it has been 27 years since the Blues lost to the Canaries in any competition – a streak which is highly unlikely to end here.
As mentioned, Chelsea lost both Lukaku and Werner to injury during the Champions League win over Malmo, with the former suffering a twisted ankle while Werner picked up a hamstring strain. Neither man is expected to make the cut this weekend, so Havertz could therefore lead the line with support from Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech as Christian Pulisic remains a major doubt.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could also force his way back into the midfield over N’Golo Kante, while Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah should also be in contention to return to the backline given the hectic schedule. Meanwhile, Norwich will be without Billy Gilmour as he misses out against his parent club, but the Chelsea loanee has been linked with a January return to Stamford Bridge anyway.
The Canaries will hope to have Przemyslaw Placheta (fitness) back in the fold, but Sam Byram and Christoph Zimmermann remain absent for the time being, as does Todd Cantwell. It would be a surprise to see Farke make any alterations from the side that held Brighton to a 0-0 draw last time out, with Pukki and Josh Sargent continuing their partnership up top.