Norwich City vs Chelsea: Match Preview and Odds
Norwich City host Chelsea at Carrow Road in Saturday’s early Premier League fixture and with the game being shown live on BT Sport we at freebet.com are here to preview the game, offering enhanced odds, betting tips and team news.
The Canaries start the game two points and four places better off than their opponents, Chelsea, after recording their first win back in the top-flight last weekend. Norwich claimed a Teemu Pukki-inspired 3-1 win at home to Newcastle United. Finnish international, Pukki, scored a hat-trick against Newcastle, taking his Premier League scoring tally up to four goals in two games.
Last season’s Sky Bet Championship top scorer, Pukki, could become just the tenth player to score in each of his first three Premier League games. You can back the Norwich City sharpshooter at 13/8 to score at any time on Saturday with Betfair or Paddy Power whilst he is a massive 11/2 to score first with the same bookmakers.
Chelsea meanwhile are languishing in 16th in the Premier League after a return of just one point from their first two matches, The Blues were hammered 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford before Leicester City earned a deserved 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend. You have to go back to 1998/99 for the last time Chelsea started a Premier League campaign without a win from any of their first three matches, leading many to describe their trip to Carrow Road as a ‘must-win’ game for boss, Frank Lampard.
Having lost Eden Hazard in the summer and enduring a transfer ban, this season was always going to be difficult for Lampard in his first season as Chelsea boss. However, the club legend knows that his side need to start winning matches sooner rather than later. Lampard could become the first Chelsea manager since Bobby Campbell in 1988 to fail to win any of his first four competitive games in charge.
Chelsea are currently on a 15-game unbeaten run against Norwich City in all competitions but have lost to the side promoted as Sky Bet Championship winners in each of the past two seasons. Wolves ran out 2-1 winners when Chelsea visited Molineux last season whilst Newcastle United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Chelsea at St James’ Park a season earlier.
Chelsea’s first-choice striker?
As he continues to search for his first competitive win as Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard must decide on who he plays up front at Carrow Road. Tammy Abraham was given the nod on the opening weekend but after drawing a blank at Old Trafford he made way for Olivier Giroud last weekend. As both forwards battle it out for a starting berth, the bookies make them joint-favourites in the goal scoring markets. Betfred offer 6/4 on either player scoring at any time on Saturday whilst they are 19/4 to score first with Betway.
Norwich City - 15/4 (BetVictor)
Draw - 16/5 (Betway)
Chelsea - 5/6 (Betfred, Black Type)
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