Premier League leaders Chelsea hope their run of attacking injuries don’t short-circuit a straightforward run of fixtures that continues with a visit from Norwich City to Stamford Bridge (start time 7:30am ET Saturday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Thomas Tuchel’s comments on Erling Haaland now feel like a move he’d love to will into immediate existence.
Will Chelsea’s other attackers be enough to handle winless Norwich City before a cup match versus Southampton, a trip to Newcastle in the league, Malmo away in the UCL, and Burnley at Stamford Bridge in the PL?
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Chelsea is 6-1-1, good for a one-point lead on Liverpool and four-point advantage over fifth-place Tottenham.
That’s well clear of Norwich’s two points, which have come in consecutive matches. The last, a 0-0 draw with Brighton, should’ve been good for three points but the Canaries could not fire home on some big chances for Teemu Pukki and USMNT striker Josh Sargent.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Chelsea vs Norwich City.
Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup
Christian Pulisic is still struggling to overcome his last hurdle, while Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku will not play after midweek Champions League injuries.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 23, 2021
Norwich City team news, injuries, lineup
Billy Gilmour can’t feature against his parent club, while Przemyslav Placheta is working toward full match fitness. Sam Byram and Christoph Zimmermann are out, while Todd Cantwell waits on an achilles ailment.
🚨 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 🚨
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) October 23, 2021
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Chelsea is the second-biggest favorite of the entire PL weekend, paying just -556 for a win. A draw bags +575 and there’s +1500 coming the way of the brave soul who thinks the Canaries come out of this coal mine with a win: +1500.
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Maybe, just maybe? There’s still so much talent at Chelsea but Norwich really did look decent against Brighton and the Blues played at midweek. Still, this one’s at the Bridge and the players who get chances in place of Werner and Lukaku will be hungry to do a job. Chelsea 3-1 Norwich City.
How to watch Chelsea vs Norwich City live, stream and start time
Kick off: 7:30am ET Saturday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium