14 July 2020 20:33
Michael Obafemi's 96th-minute equaliser for Southampton at Old Trafford last night pulled Manchester United down from third place in the 'live' Premier League table back to fifth in the actual standings. Chelsea, after that mullering by Sheffield United, maintain a one-point gap over their pursuers, Leicester and United, which they will surely extend to four after victory over a Norwich side that have emerged from the lockdown to lose six on the bounce,conceding 16 goals in the process and scoring only one. Norwich haven't won at Stamford Bridge for 27 years when Ruel Fox and Chris Sutton scored in a 2-1 victory over Glenn Hoddle's side, an opportunity that afforded visiting Canaries an opportunity to laugh at Robert Fleck, who had decamped from Carrow Road for the bright lights and promptly found that he had left his goalscoring form behind, never to recover it. Norwich have no survivors from the matchday 18 in their squad tonight, Chelsea have four - Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Willian and Pedro - though for the last two this could be their penultimate appearances at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso; Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic Sky Sports Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Norwich Chelsea vs Norwich City LIVE!
A humbling 3-0 loss at Sheffield United looked to have dealt Chelsea a huge blow to their top-four hopes, only for their positional rivals to also drop points in the following days. Norwich, who saw their relegation confirmed last time out, should not pose Chelsea much of a threat as Lampard looks for a reaction ahead of the weekend FA Cup semi-final. "It was starting look like it might be one of those nights for Giroud but that is a huge goal. "Norwich had defended well until then but that goal should settle the Blues down on what was threatening to become a nervy evening. Chelsea haven't been great but they lead." He missed some early chances but that's five goals in his last six starts for Giroud.
Photo: Getty Pulisic has been in fine form since the restart and the American nearly adds to his growing tally of goals, striking a volley on the swivel which is tipped over by Krul.From the corner, Zouma should bury his header but sends it agonisingly wide of the post. Advertisement 34 mins: Better from Giroud, who backheels into the path of Willian but Lewis makes an important intervention. 32 mins: Klose is now back on, albeit moving a little bit gingerly, and Chelsea try to capitalise by launching the ball forward into Giroud. Advertisement 29 mins: Giroud fluffs his lines! Zouma is allowed to step into midfield as Norwich gather on the edge of their box and he slides in Alonso.
"After an encouraging start from Chelsea, they have struggled somewhat up to the drinks break and Norwich look comfortable defending deep and sitting back. "Lampard has spoken a lot since the lockdown about their need to improve the pace they move the ball at and we're seeing another example of that here." Advertisement 23 mins: Drinks break 20 mins: Chance for Giroud! Chelsea get their best opportunity of the game so far and Giroud may be disappointed with his effort after being sent through by Jorginho's speculative ball forward. Photo: AP Chelsea get their best opportunity of the game so far and Giroud may be disappointed with his effort after being sent through by Jorginho's speculative ball forward.The French striker tries to lob Krul, but the Dutchman anticipated it and makes the save. 16 mins: A quick passing move from Chelsea nearly sees Pulisic in on goal after a dink over the top from Jorginho, but Godfrey makes a brave challenge on the American, who comes off worse with a slight knock. Advertisement 14 mins: Chelsea work it nicely into the box with Willian and Loftus-Cheek combining, but Giroud's attempts to lay it off to the midfielder fall short and Norwich clear. Chelsea so far have shown no signs of a hangover from their defeat at Sheffield United. Chelsea so far have shown no signs of a hangover from their defeat at Sheffield United."'Quick, quick', shouts Lampard, who urges his team to get the ball forward earlier." Next Can't see the Chelsea vs Norwich LIVE blog? Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud, Pulisic Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Norwich City TV channel: Chelsea vs Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports' Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99, or a three-month pass on offer for £25. Norwich City: How to watch online, live stream info, game time, TV channel. Norwich City soccer game Face Off (live) coverage. Norwich City needs to shore up a defense that is allowing 1.91 goals per game before their game on Tuesday. They will take on Chelsea at 3:15 p.m. ET at Stamford Bridge.