Chelsea v Norwich City preview
Blues aiming to extend their unbeaten run to seven league games
Last Updated: 05/10/12 12:19pm
Roberto Di Matteo: Chelsea manager aiming for the Blues to retain their unbeaten start to the Premier League
Chelsea will look to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League with a victory over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.
Roberto Di Matteo's side are currently in pole position in the table with 16 points from six matches, three points clear of second-placed Everton.
The Blues are in a fine run of form, having made it four competitive wins in a row with their 4-0 victory at Nordsjaelland in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
On the other hand, Norwich are struggling for points and have yet to register a win in the Premier League this campaign.
The Canaries are third from bottom in the table with just three points from six fixtures, having collected just one point from a possible nine on the road.
Chris Hughton's side lost 5-2 to Liverpool at home last weekend and also went down 1-0 at Newcastle United in their previous league fixture.
Chelsea have no fresh injury problems and will not have any players suspended for their clash with Norwich.
The Blues, though, will be without forward Daniel Sturridge, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Di Matteo is likely to retain striker Fernando Torres in his starting line-up, with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata all being deployed behind the Spaniard.
Norwich could have defender Sebastien Bassong and attacker Anthony Pilkington available for selection despite their recent struggles with injury.
Midfielder Simon Lappin is likely to be left out of the squad after suffering ankle ligament damage, and so will right-back Steven Whittaker.
Manager Hughton is likely to field Grant Holt as the lone forward upfront with Wes Hoolahan just behind him.
- Chelsea have won their last five home games in all competitions against Norwich City.
- Norwich have won just one and lost six of their last nine away matches in the Premier League.
- Chelsea are the only team in the Premier League this season yet to concede a goal in the second half.
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Cech
- 2 Ivanovic
- 24 Cahill
- 26 Terry
- 28 Azpilicueta
- 7 Ramires
- 12 Mikel
- 14 Schurrle
- 10 Mata
- 17 Hazard E
- 9 Torres
Team taken from Chelsea vs Stoke City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 7th December 2013
- 1 Ruddy
- 3 Whittaker
- 6 Turner
- 5 Bassong
- 23 Martin Olsson
- 22 Redmond
- 8 Howson
- 4 Johnson B
- 10 Fer
- 16 Elmander
- 11 Hooper
Team taken from Norwich City vs West Bromwich Albion (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 7th December 2013
Barclays Premier League
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Chelsea v Norwich
Chris Hughton admits Chelsea's superior quality made Norwich's task a difficult one on Saturday.
Roberto Di Matteo was happy that Chelsea put aside their off-the-field problems with a comfortable 4-1 win over Norwich.
Norwich City captain Grant Holt has angrily rejected suggestions he had lost some of his hunger for goals.