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Premier League

  • 6 October 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 41784

Chelsea - Norwich Preview: Blues look to maintain unbeaten start to Premier League season

The league leaders welcome the Canaries to Stamford Bridge, and are looking to continue their good form from recent weeks against Chris Hughton's team



Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole
Ramires, Mikel
Mata, Oscar, Hazard

Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido
Snodgrass, Johnson, Howson, Pilkington

The Blues have no new injury worries, so have almost a full-strength squad to select from.

Daniel Sturridge remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, but is well on the way to recovery and should be available in the near future.

For Norwich, both Sebastian Bassong and Anthony Pilkington are recovering from knocks, but should both be available to start the game, while Simon Lappin could be set for a return to the squad, but it is unlikely given his absence was due to ankle ligament damage.

Steven Whittaker looks to be nearing a comeback having picked up ankle ligament damage during a pre-season friendly, but this game will be too soon for him to make an appearance for the Canaries.

Beyond that, the Canaries have no new injury concerns, so have a strong squad available to manager Chris Hughton.

  • Chelsea are one of three teams still unbeaten in the Premier League this season, with Manchester City and Sunderland being the other two.
  • In their last 12 games at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, the Blues have won nine games and lost just one.
  • The Blues have won their last five consecutive games in all competitions against Norwich.
  • Eden Hazard leads the way in the Premier League assists chart with four so far this season.
  • Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand (pictured) had a loan spell with Norwich in 2008, making 56 appearances and being dubbed "Plastic Bertrand" by the Canaries fans in reference to the Belgian singer.
  • With three points from their opening six games, Norwich have made their worst start to a Premier League season in their history.
  • The Canaries have conceded the most goals from outside the penalty area of all Premier League teams, with five finding their net.
  • Norwich lead the fair play charts so far in the Premier League, having picked up only two bookings.


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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
23David LuizDefender
26John TerryDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
24Gary CahillDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
-Oriol RomeuMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
5S. BassongDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
20Leon BarnettDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
6Michael TurnerDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
Players to Watch
Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 0 0
Hazard has caused havoc among Premier League defences so far this season, and if he is on form in this game the Canaries will have real problems. The Belgian has been a focal point of the Blues' attacking play, and will be crucial once again.
Grant Holt
Grant Holt
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
For the Canaries, the aerial threat of Holt will be key if they are to get through Chelsea's defence. The big striker has not hit the heights of last season's form that took him to the cusp of the England squad, but this game would be a superb time to recover.
The Blues have started this season well in the Premier League, while Norwich have struggled somewhat under new manager Chris Hughton. With the attacking resources available to them, Chelsea should take an easy win on home turf.
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