Having to settle for a point against Leicester in Frank Lampard’s homecoming party at Stamford Bridge last weekend, it was a tricky opening week of Premier League management for the former Chelsea skipper.
Having to watch Liverpool lift the Super Cup out in Istanbul last week and likely still feeling the effects of their 4-0 hammering away at Old Trafford in their top-flight opener, the former champions will make the trip to a revitalized Carrow Road on Saturday lunchtime.
While fans in West London might still be searching for their first three points of the season, they will be aware of Chelsea’s struggles against Norwich during their FA Cup run last year.
With Norwich managing to snatch a draw in both of their third-round meetings before eventually suffering a penalties defeat at Stamford Bridge, you will be interested to know that a third consecutive stalemate between the two sides can be found at 11/4 with Ladbrokes.
Daniel Farke’s high-flying Canneries
While much of Saturday’s build-up will be focused around Chelsea’s sluggish start, Norwich find their confidence on a high after making a statement against Newcastle last weekend.
Securing their first Premier League victory at Carrow Road since May 2016, Daniel Farke’s side put three past the Magpies and have top-flight safety on their radar.
With the former Borussia Dortmund coach deciding to spend just £1.1million on new arrivals during the transfer window, the lowest amount of any side over the summer, the Canneries are pencilled in at 4/6 with William Hill to avoid the drop come May.
Priding themselves on their attacking identity, one man who has really epitomized Norwich’s bright start to the 2019/2020 campaign is the red-hot Temmu Puki.
Bagging a hat-trick against Newcastle last weekend and becoming the first man to do so since 1994, the Finland international already has four Premier League goals to his name and sits top of the charts with Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling.
You will be interested to know that last year’s Championship Golden Boot winner can be found at 6/4 with Bet365 to extend that tally on Saturday lunchtime.
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Lampard’s sluggish start
On the flip side, while Norwich might be enjoying a bright start to the new season, a youthful Chelsea side are still searching for their first victory under a returning Frank Lampard.
Despite impressing in the first half against Leicester last weekend, the Blues were largely outplayed in the second 45 and fans in West London will know that they were lucky to escape with a point intact.
Although Lampard and Chelsea will be boosted by 20-year-old starlet Mason Mount finding the net on his Premier League home debut, the new boss in SW6 has been critical of his sides lack of a clinical edge.
With Olivier Giroud failing to find the net against Leicester on Sunday, Chelsea could be tempted to hand Tammy Abraham a second chance up top.
Neither Blues striker has managed to find the net and Mount is the only player to register a Premier League strike in Chelsea’s opening two contests.
With Lampard becoming the first manager in seven years to fail to win any of his opening two matches, Chelsea’s chances of securing another top-four finish have taken a dent with the bookmakers.
The former Premier League champions now find themselves sat at 5/2 with Bet365 to land Champions League football for next year.