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Premier League

  • August 27, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 41765

Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Norwich City

Andre Villas-Boas' squad bolstered by new signings as they attempt to banish memory of lacklustre display to West Brom by extending impressive run against their visitors at home

Chelsea (4-3-3): Hilario; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel, Lampard; Anelka, Torres, Malouda


New signing Juan Mata could be drafted in with Fernando Torres perhaps preferred to Didier Drogba if this is the case. Florent Malouda is likely to be restored after his productive cameo against West Brom, with the ineffectual Salomon Kalou the most likely casualty. At the back, Alex's slip-up proved costly against the Baggies, so David Luiz may be drafted in straight away after recovering from his injury, with the robust Branislav Ivanovic set to recapture his slot at right-back.

Norwich City (4-4-2): Ruddy;
R. Martin, Whitbread, De Laet, Tierney; Pilkington, Crofts, Johnson, Surman; Holt, Morison

AC Milan

It's likely that the majority of the players who featured in the 4-0 tonking by MK Dons will be relegated to the bench for this one, though the likes of Russell Martin and Andrew Surman will be hoping to survive a cull. Paul Lambert will want the physical threat of both Grant Holt and Steve Morison up front in order to pose some problems to John Terry, with the combative Andrew Crofts also in to help rattle some cages.

  • Norwich have failed to register in five of the last seven games against Chelsea.
  • Of all the teams in the Premier League, Norwich have utilised their squad the most, playing a total of 19 players in their two games so far.
  • In their last eight home games Chelsea have picked up 22 points, dropping just two.
  • Norwich’s away record isn’t too bad either though, having lost only one of their previous nine away games in league competition.
  • Grant Holt has proved himself a handful so far in his maiden Premier League campaign, being the most fouled player in the division, winning 11 free kicks.
  • Chelsea’s goal-scoring record in the month of August is the most impressive of all the Premier League clubs, with the Blues netting 1.9 goals on average per game.
  • The last two times Norwich have visited Stamford Bridge, they’ve run out 4-0 losers.


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48Henrique HilárioGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
26John TerryDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
21Nicolas AnelkaStriker
17Romelu LukakuStriker
8Juan MataStriker
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
6Zak WhitbreadDefender
44Ritchie De LaetDefender
20Leon BarnettDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
23Marc TierneyDefender
16Christopher MartinStriker
9Grant HoltStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
25David FoxMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder

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