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Norwich City vs. Chelsea: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule and Preview

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard applauds the fans at the final whistle during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Chelsea travel to Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday still looking for their first win under Frank Lampard.

The Blues lost 4-0 in his first competitive match in charge against Manchester United, before suffering a penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup and being held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City.

As for the Canaries, they bounced back from a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in their season opener with a 3-1 win against Newcastle United last time out.

                         

Date: Saturday, August 24

Time: 12:30 p.m. BST/7:30 a.m. ET

TV: BT Sport 1 (UK), NBCSN (USA)

Live Stream: BT Sport Live (UK), NBC Sports App (USA)

Odds: Norwich City (38-11), Draw (41-13), Chelsea (5-6)

Odds courtesy of Oddschecker.

                   

After failing to win his first home game as Chelsea manager, Lampard will be desperate for his side to pick up three points at Carrow Road.

His side started brightly against Leicester on Sunday, but, perhaps as a result of playing 120 minutes in midweek against Liverpool, Chelsea faded badly in the second half and were somewhat fortunate to come away with a point.

Football writer Daniel Storey observed the Blues' need to improve in front of goal:

Daniel Storey @danielstorey85

Some of that wasn't much different to the 6-0 vs Manchester City. But now they don't have Eden Hazard to win games by himself. Surely Lampard is going to have to be a little more pragmatic against that type of threat.

They'll need to get better at the back, too. Their only clean sheet in pre-season came against St. Patrick's Athletic, and they conceded eight goals in their final three friendlies against Reading, Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Chelsea have shipped seven goals in their first three competitive fixtures of the campaign, and they'll come up against an in-form striker in Norwich's Teemu Pukki.

The Finn scored against Liverpool in the opening match of the season and bagged an impressive hat-trick against Newcastle last time out:

Norwich City FC @NorwichCityFC

Build-up 👌 Cool as you like from Teemu ❄️ #ncfc https://t.co/VqZgUSkhxn

He posted some impressive numbers against the Magpies:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Teemu Pukki's shots on target vs Newcastle: 👐 👐 ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️ 👐 With a perfect 🔟, @NorwichCityFC's ⭐️ striker is our Premier League player of the week For more player stats -- https://t.co/hQnl6Rjna4 https://t.co/qX0n5oF9wB

Daniel Farke's Norwich side racked up 94 points in the Championship last season, and it's clear they'll continue to play the same bold, attacking football in the top flight.

Between that approach and the superb form of Pukki—who contributed 29 goals and 10 assists in the Championship last term—they're more than capable of punishing any openings in Chelsea's back line on Saturday.

If the Blues don't play considerably better than they did against the Foxes, Lampard's winless run will likely continue.