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Norwich vs Chelsea - Blues set to ease early season pressure with first win

Norwich and Chelsea set to produce over 3.5 goals in open contest at Carrow Road
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Chelsea are set to claim first win of the season at high flying Norwich (Getty Images)

Norwich vs Chelsea Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Norwich and Chelsea are set to serve up a thrilling contest in their Premier League clash at Carrow Road. The Blues have made steady progress this season and are backed to earn their first win of the campaign at odds of 1.83. Given both teams' penchant for attacking football, I am also tipping an outcome of over 3.5 goals at odds of 2.50.

Norwich City FC Form & Team News 


Norwich claimed their first win of the season last time out as they triumphed 3-1 at home against Newcastle. Teemu Pukki scored an impressive hat-trick before the Magpies struck a consolation deep into added time. 

The Canaries have handed a baptism of fire in the opening weeks of their return to the topflight as they face three of the top four teams from last season. Daniel Farke’s men have already lost to Liverpool and are not favoured to triumph over Chelsea at 4.00 while a draw is valued at similar odds. 

Teemu Pukki has adapted quickly to life in the EPL having scored four goals in two matches. He should once again lead the line for Norwich with Emiliano Buendia and Marco Stiepermann providing support.

Chelsea FC Form & Team News


Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Leicester City in their previous Premier League fixture. They opened the scoring early in the first half through Mason Mount but allowed the Foxes back in the contest on 67 minutes after some slack marking from a corner.

The Blues are still seeking their first win of the new season despite creating loads of chances in their first three matches. They are backed to secure the victory on Saturday at odds of 1.83 but with seven goals conceded in three matches are not expected to keep a clean sheet. 

Olivier Giroud was the preferred choice in attack against Leicester and the Frenchman is likely to lead the line again on Saturday. Willian is in contention to start after making his return from injury last time out while Mason Mount should retain his place in midfield following his goal against the Foxes.

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Frank Lampard's men are due a win after creating loads of chances in their first three matches (Getty Images)

Norwich vs Chelsea Head to Head


Chelsea have an 18-10 advantage with 14 draws from 42 previous matches against Norwich. The Blues have won the last eight Premier League meetings between both teams and knocked the Canaries out of the FA Cup in 2018.

Norwich vs Chelsea Match Up 


Norwich appear to be heavily dependent on Teemu Pukki with the Finnish striker accounting for all their goals this season. He should trouble the Chelsea defence but Norwich’s attacking style of play is likely to leave them exposed at the back.

With the pace of Willian, Pedro and Christian Pulisic, Chelsea have the quality to capitalise on the spaces in the Norwich defence. Olivier Giroud also carries a significant aerial threat which should cause the Norwich backline problems.

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Chelsea have won four of their last five away matches against Norwich in the EPL (Getty Images)

Norwich vs Chelsea Key Statistics 


  • Norwich have lost 8 of their last 10 matches against Chelsea (Premier League).
  • Norwich have seen over 3.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • Chelsea have won 4 of their last 5 away matches against Norwich (Premier League).
  • Chelsea have seen over 3.5 goals in 4 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches (Premier League).

Verdict

Chelsea have been unlucky this season and are due a win. They are tipped to secure the victory over Norwich at odds of 1.83 but I am anticipating an open contest here so an outcome of over 3.5 goals is also predicted. 

Best Bet: Chelsea Win @1.83 at bet365 - 3 Units
Value Bet: Over 3.5 Goals @2.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Chelsea Win 3-1 @15.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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