Kick-off: 1230, 24/08/2019
Stadium: Carrow Road
TV: BT Sport
Teemu Pukki hit a hat-trick as Norwich marked their first home game since returning to the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Newcastle at Carrow Road.
Chelsea remain winless under Frank Lampard as they bounced back from their 4-0 defeat at Manchester United to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester.
We fancy the on-song Canaries to pick up a point against the Europa League champions at 29/10 and that is our first Norwich vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds
Pukki is the surprise early leader in the Premier League goalscorer charts after his treble ensured Steve Bruce’s winless start as Newcastle manager continued.
The Finland international became the first Norwich player to score a top-fight hat-trick since Efan Ekoku in 1993 as the Canaries claimed their first win of the season.
A stunning volley broke the deadlock in the first half before Pukki, who hit 29 league goals on the way to City winning the Championship title last term, added a second-half brace.
Boss Daniel Farke said: “It was a good performance from Teemu, not only because of his goals but because of his workload, because of his ability to link the play and he is so important to us for the spirit of the team.
“Not only for his goals, but in general because of his workload it was a brilliant performance.”
Norwich netted 51 times in the league at home last season, being blanked just twice, and showed by their display at Liverpool they won’t be changing their attacking philosophy.
Looking at the Norwich vs Chelsea odds, Pukki appeals at 4/1 in the first goalscorer market.
Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Hanley, Lewis, Cantwell, Buendia, Stiepermann, Trybull, Leitner, Pukki.
Norwich could welcome defender Timm Klose back from a hip problem.
The Canaries have had several defensive injuries and Klose’s return would be a timely boost, although Christoph Zimmerman (knee) is still absent.
Onel Hernandez (knee) faces three months out after undergoing surgery and summer signing Josip Drmic (hamstring) is also missing.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea were beaten 4-0 at Old Trafford in Lampard’s first league game in charge before they lost the Super Cup final to Liverpool on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra-time.
The former midfielder, who played close to 650 games for the Blues, was then unable to celebrate his first home game with a win as Leicester hit back to take a point.
It had seemed like a win was written in the stars as, after the pageantry of his arrival into the dugout, with chants of ‘Super Frank Lampard’ ringing around the stadium and banners held aloft, Mason Mount gave Chelsea a deserved early lead.
But Leicester showed why they are tipped to make a challenge for the top six this season as Wilfred Ndidi made up for an error in the build-up to Chelsea’s goal with the equaliser after the break.
Lampard said: “It felt great, it is a special moment for me to come back to the club and manage them at Stamford Bridge, of course it is the stuff of dreams.
“For me it is a huge thing, but my focus was on the match and trying to win. We can do better than we did for 60 minutes and we will do for sure.”
Lampard is the first Chelsea manager since Rafael Benitez seven years ago not to win any of his first three games in charge.
That sequence will be stretched as a 1-1 draw at 7/1 completes our Norwich vs Chelsea predictions.
Last Chelsea line-up: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Giroud.
N’Golo Kante could miss out for Chelsea with an ankle sprain.
Antonio Rudiger is not ready to feature as he closes in on a return after long-term knee trouble, but could be ready for the visit of Sheffield United on August 31.
Pedro missed training earlier in the week but was rested after a hectic fixture schedule and is expected to be available.
NORWICH 3-1 Newcastle – Teemu Pukki (3)
CHELSEA 1-1 Leicester – Mason Mount
Head-to-head: Chelsea 1-1 Norwich (Chelsea won 5-3 on penalties), Norwich 0-0 Chelsea, Norwich 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Norwich, Chelsea 0-0 Norwich, Norwich 1-3 Chelsea
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