After the humbling 3-0 win away to Sheffield United last time out, Chelsea will be desperate to return to winning ways when they lock horns with Norwich City at Stamford Bridge Wednesday night.
There have been a lot of twists and turns in the race for top four and Chelsea know they can no longer afford any slips going into the last three games of the season.
Coming against an already relegated team like Norwich City, nothing suggests that the Blues will not get the maximum points even though in football you never say never.
Lately, Frank Lampard’s Blues have been living with their hearts in their mouth with respect to the top-four race.
A stunning 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United this past weekend put them in a difficult position, but thankfully Leicester City and Manchester United’s both failed to capitalise on the slip-up, a development that meant the Blues held on to third place in the table.
For Norwich City, they had their relegation to the Championship confirmed after a 4-0 hammering at the hands of West Ham United last time out.
While the Canaries did show promise upon their return to the top-flight early in the campaign, they just simply fizzled afterwards; failing to put together a run of positive results.
Daniel Farke’s men will now be playing the final three games for pride.
In the reverse fixture, played at Carrow Road, it was a five-goal thriller in which Chelsea beat Norwich 3-2, with Tammy Abraham (2) and Mason Mount scoring while Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell got on the scoresheet for the hosts.
N’Golo Kante will be missing in action due to a hamstring injury but he could be fit for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
Defender Andreas Christensen came off at half-time in the 3-0 loss at Sheffield United but has shaken off a knock.
As for Norwich, they will be without Ondrej Duda who was given permission to return to his parent club Hertha Berlin.
The Canneries will also be without Moritz Leitner (hernia) plus defenders Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram (all hamstring).
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 16 meetings with Norwich City in all competitions (W11 D5). Their last defeat to the Canaries came in December 1994.
Chelsea have won their last four Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge, scoring at least twice in each victory.
Norwich City have lost 24 Premier League games this season – they have never lost more in a league game in their history.
Norwich are currently on a run of seven consecutive Premier League defeats – they’ve never lost eight consecutive league games in their history.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic
Norwich (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Klose, Godfrey, Lewis; Tettey, McLean; Buendia, Duda, Cantwell; Drmic
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Chelsea 3-0 Norwich City