Chelsea FC Team News vs Norwich: Rudiger, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek

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It’s the fourth match of the season for Chelsea FC, but they’re still looking for win number one. Up next is a trip to Carrow Road, where they’ll face newly promoted Norwich City. It’s as good an opportunity as any to finally break into the win column.

There’s a lot of heat on both manager Frank Lampard and $73 million January signing Christian Pulisic. Right now some Blues supporters are wondering if Lampard might actually regress the club back to the pre-Roman Abramovich era. There is also concern over whether Pulisic will ever live up to the hype or not.

Of course, winning cures everything, so if Pulisic, Lampard and company come good this weekend, fans will start feeling a lot better. For the Blues starting XI prediction go here.

Chelsea FC Team News

Winger Willian is in the mix for a starting place after being fit enough to make the bench and come on as a substitute in the home opening draw with Leicester City. Central defender Antonio Rudiger could be healthy enough to make his 2019-20 debut, but he’s likely not ready for a starting position in this clash.

Forward Callum Hudson-Odoi and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek continue convalescence from their ruptured Achilles injuries. Adjusting to life post Eden Hazard has been a real massive challenge, as the Belgian’s absence is hitting them very hard.

Chelsea FC at Norwich City FYIs

Kickoff: Saturday, August 24, 12:30 pm, Carrow Road

Odds: Chelsea FC win 10/11  Draw 29/10  Norwich City win 3/1

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Series History: Chelsea FC wins  22   Draws 18   Norwich City wins 14

Google Result Probability: Chelsea FC win 53%  Draw 24%  Norwich City win 23%

Score prediction: Chelsea FC 2, Norwich City 1

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