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Match Preview: Norwich City v Chelsea

22 August 2019

Norwich City will aim to build on gaining their first points back in the Premier League this weekend when they host Chelsea at Carrow Road (12.30pm KO).

City notched their first points of the season last weekend by beating Newcastle United 3-1 at Carrow Road. Chelsea also opened their account, albeit only by drawing 1-1 with Leicester City after their opening weekend defeat at Manchester United.

Here’s our preview of the game including a look at the opposition, information for supporters and much more:

The Opposition

Following the departure of Maurizio Sarri after just one season, Chelsea reverted from their usual process of appointing coaches with CVs filled with managerial honours.

Instead, they went for “one of their own” in the form of Club legend Frank Lampard - the former Derby coach signed on a three-year deal back in July after just one season in full-time management.

It’s thought the hierarchy hopes Lampard will steer the Blues through their ongoing transfer embargo by giving Academy graduates a chance in the first-team.

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Lampard was in charges of the Rams for just 12 months and went close to guiding the Club back to the top-flight. They made the Championship play-off final last season by finishing fifth in the final standings and beating Leeds in the semi-final before Aston Villa pipped them at Wembley.

Lampard has already shown his faith with youth, bringing in Mason Mount to start both their games so far. Mount’s fellow Academy graduate Tammy Abraham has also featured in the fixtures against Manchester United and Leicester City.

The Blue have only picked up one point and scored one goal (Mount v Leicester). However, they’ve registered 16 shots per game in those fixtures, a stat only bettered by Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur (via WhoScored.com).

The last time City and Chelsea clashed was in an Emirates FA Cup third round replay back in 2018. The game is famous, certainly in the eyes of Canaries supporters, for Jamal Lewis’ first and only goal in City colours so far.

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With Daniel Farke’s team a goal down at Stamford Bridge, the young full-back flicked a Timm Klose cross into the far corner to send the fixture into extra-time.

Disappointingly for the Canaries, they lost out on penalties but it was certainly a night that Lewis and supporters won’t forget in a hurry. 

Info for supporters

We have a guide for all supporters heading to Carrow Road. It has lots of information about getting to Carrow Road, prohibited items, stadium opening times and much more. Click here to view it.

Away supporters can enter the stadium from 10.30am.

For fans seated in blocks C and D of the Barclay Stand, a large “Pride of Anglia” banner will held up over said areas as the players walk out of the tunnel (12.24pm approx).

For regular visitors to Carrow Road, there have been a number of exciting changes at the stadium over the summer. Head here to find out more.

The Junior Canaries Family FanZone at Carrow Park will be open between 10am and 12pm.

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Please note that the majority of kiosks in the stadium this season have contactless-only tills. In the away end, the left-hand lanes of kiosks are contactless-only.

How to follow

Supporters can sign up to Canaries TV to watch our new matchday show, #NR1Live. The broadcast begins at 12pm on Saturday and will feature pre and post-match reaction from presenter Darren Eadie and his studio guests. During the match, supporters will be able to listen to commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham.

To subscribe, CLICK HERE.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Canary fans can also sign up to the Norwich City WhatsApp group to receive the starting line-up ahead of the game sent straight to your phone, as well as the half-time and full-time score and game highlights. Click HERE to sign up. 


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