Norwich vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on October 5, 2013

Carrow Road

Chelsea take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon looking to keep pace with league leaders Liverpool.

The Reds moved clear at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon but Chelsea can move to within two points if they beat the Canaries on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s men warmed up for the clash with a comfortable 4-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League on Tuesday night while they gained a valuable 1-1 draw away at Tottenham last weekend.

The Blues should be heading to Carrow Road full of confidence given the fact they haven’t lost on the ground in nearly twenty years.

However, Chris Hughton will be looking to build on his sides win away at Stoke last weekend, which was only their second of the season, and they have tasted defeat just once at home so far this campaign.

Team News

Norwich are sweating on the fitness of defender Sebastien Bassong, who remains a doubt with a hamstring strain that’s kept him out of action for over two weeks.  Michael Turner and Ryan Bennett have performed well in Bassong’s absence, so should continue their partnership at the back this weekend.

Javier Garrido and Nathan Redmond are both expected to miss out and they join midfielder Ellioy Bennett on the sidelines.

Chelsea received a blow in midweek with Fernando Torres ruled out for three weeks with a knee injury. The Spaniard would have missed this game in any case after being controversially sent off against Spurs last weekend.

This opens the door for Eto’o to return to the starting line-up with the Cameroonian hitman yet to find his feet since joining the club in the summer.

Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle will feel disappointed if they don’t retain their places after impressing in recent games while John Obi Mikel may come in for Frank Lampard in midfield with Mourinho reluctant to play the aging midfielder in consecutive matches.

Winger Eden Hazard is likely to miss out once again with an ankle injury and Marco Van Ginkel is out for the season with a knee injury.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Juan Mata: The little Spaniard came off the bench and changed the game last week against Spurs and will be hungry to show more of what he can do after seemingly being given a life-line by Mourinho.

Predicted Score

Norwich 1-2 Chelsea: The Canaries will put up a good fight, but we can see Chelsea having just too much for them to handle.

What would be your starting eleven and whats your predicted score? Share your views below.

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26 Comments

  1. dekingmoses

    October 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Norwich 0-3 chelsea

  2. Al-imam abdulazeez

    October 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Blues will with 3-1. Czech, Ivanovic, cahil, Terry, Cole, Mike, Admires, Mata, schurrle, willian, Eto’o

  3. Olowu

    October 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Scores cfc3- nor 0. Cech, iva, terry, cahill, cole, mikel, ramires,mata, shcurelle, oscar, eto’o

  4. Machine palele

    October 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Norwich 1:4 Chelsea, in favour of the blues: my predicted line up is: cech, iva, cahill, luiz, cole, ramires, lampard, mata, oscar, schurlle, Ba….the blues 4 life!

  5. yah lateef

    October 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    norwich o chelsea 4

  6. Adekola adesanmi emmanuel

    October 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Norwich :0 chelsea fc 2

  7. yah lateef

    October 5, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    petr cech, ivanovic, cahill, terry, asely cole, mikel, ramirez, schurrle, orsca, juan mata, eto’o. ( up chelsea )

  8. yah lateef

    October 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    petr cech, ivanovic, cahill, terry, asely cole, mikel, ramirez, schurrle, orsca, juan mata, eto’o. ( up chelsea ). O = 4 chelsea favour.

  9. AZUOMA CHRIS

    October 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Norwich 1 – 4 Chelsea Fc, BLUEZ 4 LIFE, ( ORJI FIRST SON )

  10. Jiyah n david

    October 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    In God i trust, by d grace of God chelsea is going to win 5 :0 by d grace of God

  11. Jerry joseph

    October 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Chelsea will win 4-1, line up luiz,iva,cole,cahill,mikel,rems,mata,oscar,andry,eto

  12. Joseph Porto

    October 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Terry and (Cahill or Luis)????
    The question is. Is John Terry better option than Luis and Cahill?
    The answer is NO! a thousand times NO!
    Cahill and Luis are Champions League and Europa League winners.
    Terry only can photoshop his disgusting face on that.
    Luis market value is ten times than Terry.
    Cahill is actual starter for England.
    Terry was kick out for inconsistency and troublemaker.
    Chelsea captaincy is questioned by all overseas Chelsea fans.
    Moral captaincy belong to Drogba, Lampard, Luis , Mata not a disgusting character like Terry.
    Only Mourinho love affair keeps Terry on the pitch, but soon he’s going to realize that gravity can not be defied. of course Mourinho knows that, if not why in the super-cup the starting eleven were with Luis and Cahill????? Is not the most important game???? Answer that Mourinho. Why are you favoring Terry against Chelsea interest????? Do you want him to get a new contract?????
    Many Chelsea fans oppose to renew a contract to this guy, that enough of Chelsea has got till now. Only a naive can believe that those banners claiming Terry as Chelsea legend are not in response of free tickets or even monetary support. Yes or Not???

  13. fearless

    October 6, 2013 at 1:42 am

    If mouh can go for cech,azpi,cahill,luiz,cole,oscar,rami,willian,mata,schurle,eto’o. Am sure we all see wat oscar can do from dat pivotal role last season, I predict Nor 1-3 chel

  14. RAFIU OGUNDOKUN

    October 6, 2013 at 2:41 am

    PETR CECH, SECER AZPLICUETA,DAVID LUIZ, GARRY CAHILL, ASHELEY COLE, OBI MIKEL, NASMENTO DOS SANTOS RAMIRES, ANDRY SHURRLE, DOS SANTOS EMBOABA OSCAR, JUAN MATA, SAMUEL ETOO FIL, AND THE MATCH WILL END 3 – 1 IN FAVOUR OF CHELSEA (INSHA ALLAH) (AMEN)

  15. akinola olaniyi

    October 6, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Norwish 0 chelsea 2

  16. Tarquine

    October 6, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Personally im not convinced Terry can play better than Cahil en Luiz. He has extremely improved but not to the level of Luiz en Cahil en again the age is catching up with him. Line-up, Petr Ccech, Iva, Cahil, Luiz, Ashley, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Mata, Andry S, Demba Ba. 3-1 in favor of Chelsea.

  17. Davido

    October 6, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Che 3 nor 0

  18. Soba

    October 6, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I am going to predict my starting line up to include Terry, Lampard and Cole because they are Mou favourites and IF not, Cahill for Terry(Cahill better than him), Mikel for Lampard(team take shape with Obi on the pitch and Offer good defensive work) and Bartrand for Cole(if Mourinho trust a young and far energetic player). Therefore my line up: Cech, Terry, Luiz, Cole, Ramirez, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Schurlly and Eto’o. Likely score with depend on, (1) who score first?, (2) when is the goal scored? If Chelsea scored first and at early first half I predict 1-3, if otherwise 1-1 draw. Also if Norwich scored first and at early first half, I predict 2-2 draw otherwise 2-1 in favour of chelsea. Wish Blues the best.

  19. timothy kandele

    October 6, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I don’t understand why CAHILL always finds himself on the bench wilst TERRY is in the pirch can anyone shed some light on this! Possible lineup “CECH 2 AZPILICUETA 5 CAHILL 4 LUIZ 3COLE 6 RAMIRES 8 LAMPARD(c) 7OSCAR 10 MATA 11 SCHURRLE 9 ETO’O” thanks 2 CAHILL n LUIZ @ the heat of our defence we hav the Champions league n Europa

  20. Abramspy

    October 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Dis morinho,idont knw wetin de woryam

  21. Ubong joseph

    October 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Todays match between norwich and chelsea is 0-2 leaded by chelsea. Scores by oscar and mikel

  22. Magashi Ian

    October 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Possible line-up; Cech, David Luiz, Cahill, Ashley Cole, Ivanovic, Mikel, Ramirez, Schurl, Oscar, Mata, Eto.

    Prediction; 0-3 in favour of Chelsea. Goals- mata,oscar,eto

  23. Magashi Ian

    October 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Don’t worry fans, we’re gonna catch up soon. Arsenal and Liverpoor are just early pacesetters, i know where they are gonna end. This season is between Chelsea and Man city. Up Chelsea! And someone pls tell Jose that Mata is the solution to our problem. By the time he starts playing every game, we will be celebrating goals like neva b4.

  24. Akinola

    October 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    My predicted Line up
    Cech
    Iva Cahill D.Luiz Cole
    Mikel Ramires
    Oscar Mata Schurrle
    Eto’o
    Norwish 1-3 Chelsea

  25. izueke tochukwu david

    October 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    My predicted lineup is cech,ivan,cahill,david.L,A.cole,mikel,ram,oscar,mata,schurrle,Ba. Chelsea is going to win by 3goals to 1 then sub ba to put eto,oscar for willans

  26. Taiwoi

    October 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    2 – o in favour of chealse

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