Thomas Tuchel gives injury updates on Chelsea duo Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner
Thomas Tuchel’s side enters the weekend top of the table, having taken 19 points from a possible 24 this season, and are full of confidence after sweeping aside Malmo in the Champions League during the week. Their victory was marred by significant injury blows, though, with both Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner ruled out. That means Kai Havertz should return to the starting XI while Callum Hudson-Odoi will have a rare chance to impress from the outset. “It’s only a turning point if he makes it a turning point – and only if he does not only do one good match, one good half, 60 good minutes, but if he does it consistently,” Tuchel said of the winger.
Meanwhile, Norwich have endured a difficult start upon their return to the top-flight. The Canaries are bottom of the table, having lost six out of eight matches, and are yet to secure a victory. To break that streak this afternoon, it will take a truly momentous performance. Follow all the latest updates below:
Chelsea vs Norwich
The players make their way out onto the pitch. Chelsea are big, big favourites. It’s top of the league vs bottom of the league. Can Norwich pull off a surprising and unlikely victory?
Michael Jones23 October 2021 12:28
Chelsea vs Norwich
Before kick off there’s going to be a moment to remember and celebrate Chelsea vice-chairman Matthew Harding on the 25th anniversary of his untimely death.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 12:27
Hanley reaches 300 appearances
In contrast Grant Hanley is poised to make his 300th career league appearance when he starts for Norwich today. Will he be celebrating after the match with three points?
Michael Jones23 October 2021 12:21
200 appearances looming for Kante
N’Golo Kante is still waiting to make his 200th Premier League appearance. He’s currently on 199 and as he’s not included in the squad for today’s game He’ll have to wait until next week to reach the landmark.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 12:18
Thomas Tuchel’s pre-match thoughts
Thomas Tuchel was asked whether Chelsea being heavy favourites to win today had any effect on his players and he told BT Sport:
Michael Jones23 October 2021 12:14
Chelsea’s strong defence
Chelsea have lost four home games in the Premier League in 2021. They haven’t had five defeats in a calendar year since 1995.
But, they have the joint-best defence in the division this season, conceding just three goals, the same amount as Manchester City.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 12:10
Daniel Farke’s side have two points after eight games. Only two teams have fared as badly after nine Premier League matches and gone on to avoid relegation.
Norwich are also struggling to score goals. Their most recent away goal in the Premier League was scored by Emiliano Buendia against Watford in July 2020 with Buendia now playing for Aston Villa.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 12:06
Daniel Farke’s pre-match thoughts
Daniel Farke spoke to BT Sport before kick off saying that if his side can be defensively solid today they have every chance of shocking Chelsea. He said:
Michael Jones23 October 2021 12:02
Ominous signs for Norwich
Norwich haven’t won in 18 Premier League matches, scoring just three goals with two draws and 16 defeats in that time. They are also winless in their last 16 top-flight away fixtures (three draw, 13 defeats).
Not exactly the kind of form you want to be in heading to Stamford Bridge.
Michael Jones23 October 2021 11:58
A sign of things to come?
Chelsea are vying to win six of their first nine league matches for the first time since 2014 under Jose Mourinho. They went on to win the title that season. Will they do so again this year?
Michael Jones23 October 2021 11:55