Chelsea vs Norwich City Live Free: Chelsea head to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City with hopes of sweeping the season series. They will face off against one another at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. Chelsea have a defense that allows only 0.69 goals per game, so Norwich’s offense will have their work cut out for them.
Chelsea face Norwich City in the Premier League on Thursday night at Carrow Road.
Chelsea got themselves on the board against Burnley this past Saturday, but Burnley never followed suit. Chelsea took their matchup against Burnley by a conclusive 4-0 score. The score was all tied up at the break nothing to nothing, but Chelsea was the better team in the second half.
Norwich need the points as they sit at the bottom of the table, five points adrift of safety. Their last win in the league came on January 21 when they beat Watford, claiming back-to-back wins after the home win versus Everton.
Meanwhile, the Canaries came up short against Brentford this past Saturday.
Having only just returned from a hamstring issue, the defender suffered a new muscle problem – on his other leg – against Burnley.
Chelsea’s win lifted them to 15-3-8 (third place with 53 points) while Norwich City’s loss dropped them down to 4-18-5 (20th place with 17 points). Allowing an average of 2.15 points per game, Norwich have not exactly asserted themselves on the defensive end. We’ll see if they can patch up the holes in their defense before their upcoming game.
Premier League clubs meet in a midweek match, as Chelsea looks to firm up its top four credentials while Norwich City aims to escape the bottom three on Thursday.
Both Norwich forward Josh Sargent and Chelsea star Christian Pulisic are in decent form, but both of their clubs are short of their season goals heading into Thursday’s match at Carrow Road.
Sargent, 22, has two goals and two assists in his last five outings for the Canaries, who are languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table, while the 23-year-old Pulisic has been starting regularly for Chelsea and had a goal and an assist against Burnley at the weekend.
Pulisic will not play Thursday despite hefty praise from Tuchel, possibly rested with Chelsea facing Newcastle on Sunday and Lille on Wednesday.
Chelsea vs Norwich City Team News
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will hope he can use Cesar Azpilicueta as the Spaniard faces a late fitness test, whilst Reece James and Ben Chilwell are injured.
The game is a huge one for both sides. Norwich need a win to help them in their battle against relegation, whilst victory for Chelsea would help them in their battle to finish in the top four in the division.
Meanwhile, Norwich are without Adam Idah and Andrew Omobamidele due to injury, whilst Billy Gilmour is unable to face his parent club Chelsea.
Marcos Alonso (Covid) was expected to return along with Cesar Azpilicueta (muscle), but only the Blues skipper is back, with Saul Niguez playing on the left.
Callum Hudson-Odoi missed the win at Burnley due to a foot problem and is not fit, while Christian Pulisic is also out, meaning a start for Timo Werner.
Chelsea XI: Mendy; Hudson-Odoi, Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz.
Norwich XI: Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Zimmermann, Williams; Lees-Melou, Rupp; Sargent, Dowell, Rowe; Pukki
This upcoming match will be the 20th in the Premier League between the two sides. Chelsea have won 12, and Everton have won four. There has been three draws between the two sides.
This is a huge game for both sides, and no doubt both managers will be nervous; however, Chelsea have a great record against the Canaries and we believe that this will continue.