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Chelsea vs Norwich – LIVE!
Chelsea will be strong favourites to extend their early lead at the Premier League summit as they face bottom club Norwich in today’s lunchtime kick-off.
The Blues sit one point ahead of Liverpool after Edouard Mendy’s heroics in the west London derby win over Brentford, with Thomas Tuchel’s side on a three-match winning run across all competitions after bouncing back from successive defeats.
Chelsea thrashed Malmo 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, though that victory came at a cost with strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both suffering injuries.
Kai Havertz spearheads the attack today in their absence, can he take his chance to impress again after scoring off the bench in midweek?
Norwich’s latest top-flight foray has been a miserable affair so far, with Daniel Farke’s men winless and with just two points to their name after eight matches, already four adrift of safety.
The Canaries – without a win now in 18 Premier League matches – have scored only twice and conceded 16 goals to date this term, though have managed to keep clean sheets in back-to-back stalemates against Burnley and Brighton. They have not beaten Chelsea since 1994.
Follow Chelsea vs Norwich with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, featuring expert analysis from James Robson at Stamford Bridge…
Chelsea vs Norwich latest news
- GOAL! Mount fires Blues ahead early
- Kick-off time: 12.30pm BST, Stamford Bridge
- How to watch: BT Sport
- Chelsea team news: Five changes as Havertz leads attack
- Norwich team news: Unchanged from Brighton draw
- Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Norwich
12:47 , George Flood
14 mins: Hanley pulls up a little lame after having to show quick reflexes to beat Havertz to thread a pass back to his own goalkeeper.
Norwich show promise with a subsequent attack, though it’s scuppered as a free-kick is conceded.
Chilwell not moving too freely for Chelsea now.
12:45 , George Flood
11 mins: Chelsea piling on more pressure after the goal, with Norwich struggling to string three passes together as it stands.
This could be a long afternoon for the Premier League’s bottom club.
James Robson at Stamford Bridge
12:44 , George Flood
Brilliant goal from Chelsea – and from the man who said he was due one. Mount’s low drive from about 20 yards left Krul with no chance.
Good work from Hudson-Odoi in the build-up and the lay-off from Jorginho, but it was all about Mount’s strike.
GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Norwich | Mason Mount 8′
12:39 , George Flood
8 mins: A fine strike from Mount!
It’s good, positive play from Hudson-Odoi down the left and his initial cross is headed away by Gibson.
But it only reaches as far as Jorginho, who tees up Mount for an arrowing low drive from 20 yards that fizzes into the corner and leaves Krul with no chance.
That’s the England midfielder’s first goal of the season. A super shot.
12:38 , George Flood
5 mins: Rudiger’s shot forces Krul into an awkward save before Norwich push forward and James has a momentary lapse of concentration before shiedling the ball out play for a Mendy goal kick.
James Robson at Stamford Bridge
12:37 , George Flood
Tuchel is absolutely livid with Hudson-Odoi. He wanted him to get up the pitch quicker and is furious with his final ball.
As soon as that break happened, he was out of his seating and yelling at Hudson-Odoi to get forward.
Only the start, but in a game where the winger really needs to make an impression, so far he’s not done the best job of it.
12:36 , George Flood
4 mins: Another dangerous early moment for Norwich as Jorginho takes a nice touch and has more than enough time to loft an enticing ball to the back post that just evades Hudson-Odoi with Havertz also lurking.
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3 mins: Max Aarons flashes a ball across Chelsea’s six-yard box, but Kovacic quickly wins possession and sets the hosts forward on the counter-attack.
A pass is squeezed out to the left of the Norwich box to Havertz, whose low squared cross is intercepted.
12:32 , George Flood
We are underway at Stamford Bridge!
A comfortable afternoon ahead for Chelsea, or can Norwich spring a shock?
Matthew Harding tribute
12:31 , George Flood
A banner reading, “Matthew Harding always loved, never forgotten” is unveiled in the stand that bears his name as the whole stadium joins in with a pre-match minute’s applause in memory of the former Chelsea vice-chairman, who tragically died in a helicopter crash 25 years ago yesterday.
A chant of, “There’s only one Matthew Harding,” also rings out. A lovely tribute.
12:27 , George Flood
Here come the teams at Stamford Bridge.
Jorginho leads out Chelsea with Azpilicueta on the bench, with Norwich captained by Grant Hanley.
A rather dreary and overcast autumn day in west London, with the floodlights already on.
James Robson at Stamford Bridge
12:23 , George Flood
🗣️ “It shows the level of options at Tuchel’s disposal.”@jamesrobsonES offers his pre-match thoughts from Stamford Bridge.
LIVE: https://t.co/qtWusQZnJl#CHENOR pic.twitter.com/2g74BeKuCD
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) October 23, 2021
12:19 , George Flood
It is worth noting that Havertz is operating as a false nine today for the first time since his match-winning turn in the Champions League final win over Manchester City in Porto in May.
Chelsea fans would gratefully accept another performance of that caliber at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
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🧤@ChelseaFC’s Edouard Mendy has kept clean sheets in 20 of his 38 #PL matches (53%), which is the best ratio of all ‘keepers to have made 10 or more starts#CHENOR pic.twitter.com/07NmqeeEby
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 23, 2021
12:02 , George Flood
Daunting stuff for Norwich.
It is worth noting that only three clubs have ever been in such a bad predicament after nine Premier League games and managed to survive.
38 – Excluding MD1 matches, Norwich’s game against Chelsea will be their 38th consecutive Premier League game in which they’ve started the day in the relegation zone. Only Swindon (40 in 1993-94) have ever had a longer such run in the competition. Basement. #CHENOR
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 23, 2021
11:50 , George Flood
Norwich are unchanged from their goalless draw with Brighton last week.
The ineligible Billy Gilmour’s place on the bench is taken by Danish midfielder Jacob Sorensen.
Jorginho captains Chelsea today
11:47 , George Flood
©️ in the building!#CheNor pic.twitter.com/6zLgFSWyb2
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 23, 2021
Standard Sport’s James Robson at Stamford Bridge
11:45 , George Flood
Considering Chelsea are without £200m-worth of injured forwards, that’s a pretty strong team and bench…
Five Chelsea changes from Malmo win
11:44 , George Flood
So Chelsea make five changes in total to the team that thrashed Malmo in midweek.
Kai Havertz does indeed spearhead the attack without Lukaku and Werner, supported by Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount.
Reece James is fit enough to return in defence along Trevoh Chalobah, with Andreas Christensen and captain Cesar Azpilicueta dropping to the bench.
In midfield, Mateo Kovacic replaces N’Golo Kante, who is not in the matchday squad at all.
11:32 , George Flood
Krul, Kabak, Gibson, Hanley, Aarons, Lees-Melou, Normann, McLean, Giannoulis, Sargent, Pukki
Subs: Rupp, Dowell, Rashica, Tzolis, Sorensen, Williams, Gunn, Idah, Omobamidele
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Mendy, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell, Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Havertz
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Christensen, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Barkley, Ziyech, Azpilicueta, Sarr
Tuchel explains Haaland comments: I fell into a trap
11:24 , George Flood
By the way, any Chelsea fans left potentially giddy at the chance of a move for Erling Haaland following Thomas Tuchel’s interview with Sport Bild earlier this week might want to take note of the manager’s latest comments on the situation.
“I fell into a trap,” said Tuchel. “I got an award in Germany. I got an award from a newspaper. They gave me this award and asked me about a player.
“Normally I never, never speak about other players, because I simply never do.
“And we were making more or less fun about it and I should have known better because in making fun about it and being a nice guy to answer a question, instead of ‘no I don’t want to answer a question,’ getting this award I joke about a double striker with Romelu in October and it gets like we put an offer in. That was the context, but I should have known better.”
He still doesn’t appear to have ruled out a swoop in future, however…
Lineups on the way
11:20 , George Flood
Official team news from Stamford Bridge is now less than 10 minutes away.
11:17 , George Flood
No pressure, Kai…
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With injury doubts for Chelsea’s attackers, Havertz was the fourth most transferred-in player for GW8 with 362,934 👊#FPL #CHENOR pic.twitter.com/C7UgL2AxJi
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) October 23, 2021
Chelsea pay tribute to Matthew Harding
11:08 , George Flood
Chelsea paid tribute to former vice-chairman Matthew Harding – after whom the north stand at Stamford Bridge is named – against Malmo in midweek and will do so again today.
There will be a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off in memory of Harding, who died in a helicopter crash 25 years ago. Yesterday was the anniversary of the tragedy.
Chelsea are also paying tribute to Sam Hasan, a long-serving member of their finance team who sadly passed away two weeks ago.
Chelsea loanee Gilmour happy at Norwich, Farke insists
10:56 , George Flood
Having said that Gilmour was ineligible to face his parent club Chelsea today, there are doubts as to how much he would have been involved anyway.
The 20-year-old was an unusued substitute against Brighton and has not played a minute in the Premier League for Norwich for more than a month.
There have been whispers over a potential recall by Chelsea in January, though Farke insists Gilmour is happy to be at Carrow Road.
“There is always a lot of talking when an exciting player like Billy is sometimes not in the starting line-up or does not get minutes like in the last game,” said Farke.
“But Billy is absolutely happy to be here and we are absolutely happy that we have him. Discussions with Chelsea are pretty trustful, everything is okay.
“Billy is fully committed, with a great personality – of course he is not dancing on the table when he is not playing, but he is a great character and I cannot praise him enough.”
Tuchel vs Farke: Close friends go head to head
10:49 , George Flood
Compatriots Farke and Tuchel are certainly no strangers, having worked together previously at Borussia Dortmund.
Farke is looking forward to seeing his old friend again today as he bids to damage Chelsea’s title bid.
“Thomas is one of the greatest coaches on this planet and his CV speaks for itself, he has worked at the giants of Europe and won national titles, now the Champions League,” Farke said.
“We worked together for two years at Dortmund and had a really good relationship.
“But now it is such a busy schedule so there is not always that chance to meet for a coffee, sometimes you can maybe have a little text message.
“It is fantastic to see him again tomorrow, but then also worrying because you know you will face a really strong opponent who have been really well prepared.”
Farke: Tough test for Norwich… but we aren’t scared
10:41 , George Flood
Norwich have not beaten Chelsea since 1994, a run of 17 matches.
Per Opta, another loss today would set a new Premier League record for the club in terms of a sustained losing streak against one particular team.
And Farke is under no illusions as to the scale of the task facing his team – who are yet to even lead in a game so far this season – at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
“We know that we face the toughest task in world football – a world-class coach, world-class players and a world-class club,” he said.
“They are the reigning Champions League winners and they are top of the league, in the best league in the world.
“It couldn’t be harder, but we are looking forward to this game.
“We want to play this game and are not fearful – we have worked so hard to be able to play on this level for these games.
“If we don’t trust ourselves to play these games, then after each promotion we should say ‘no, thanks a lot, but we don’t take part in the Premier League’ and rather stay in the Championship or perhaps League One where we will win many games.
“If we go there with a top performance, then in football there is always a chance to have one of those days.”
Tuchel defends Lukaku decision
10:33 , George Flood
Speaking at his pre-match press conference yesterday, Tuchel hit back at criticism over his costly decision to not hand Lukaku a rest against Malmo.
“He was and is mentally a bit overplayed, like others in our squad, but that doesn’t mean that we constantly have to rest them,” said the German.
“Romelu didn’t need this break, so it was not a muscle injury or something. It was an accident.
“I don’t follow this argument. It is not like the body collapsed.”
Chelsea vs Norwich prediction
10:25 , George Flood
It’s top versus bottom in the Premier League and as such it’s not exactly a stretch to imagine a one-sided contest. Chelsea are without their leading striker which could, in theory, impact their goal threat.
But there is so much class elsewhere, and their deputies are themselves quality players eager to impress. Anything other than a stroll for the European champions would come as a surprise.
Chelsea 3-0 Norwich
Norwich team news: Gilmour ineligible to face parent club
10:24 , George Flood
Norwich boss Daniel Farke will not be able to call upon the services of Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour this afternoon, with the Scottish playmaker ineligible to face his parent club.
Todd Cantwell, Sam Byram and Christoph Zimmermann are all still out for the Canaries, while Polish international winger Przemyslaw Placheta is short of match fitness.
Chelsea team news: No Lukaku, Werner or Pulisic
10:19 , George Flood
Chelsea are without strikers Romelu Lukaku (ankle) and Timo Werner (hamstring) today after both sustained injuries in the Champions League drubbing of Malmo in midweek, with Thomas Tuchel facing questions over why he started his club-record signing in a game the Blues were expected to win comfortably anyway after revealing just days before that he was “mentally tired” after being overplayed.
Kai Havertz came off the bench to score the fourth against Malmo and will be expected to lead the line today, with Christian Pulisic still not yet ready to return following an ankle injury.
Hakim Ziyech is likely to come back in after illness, with Mason Mount on the other side of a front three with Havertz.
Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Havertz, Ziyech
How to watch Chelsea vs Norwich
10:15 , George Flood
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate HD, with coverage beginning at 11:30am.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
Welcome to Chelsea vs Norwich LIVE coverage
10:05 , George Flood
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest live coverage of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
It’s top vs bottom in today’s lunchtime kick-off as early leaders Chelsea host struggling Norwich at Stamford Bridge, with kick-off at 12:30pm BST.
Stay tuned to Standard Sport for all the match build-up, latest team news and live updates, with James Robson providing expert analysis from Stamford Bridge.