June 3, 2023

Facts Checks- What We Know and You Must Know: Norwich City vs Chelsea
The second of our back-to-back Premier League away trips takes us to Carrow Road on Thursday evening and we bring you all the important statistics ahead of kick-off against Norwich City…

Norwich City vs Chelsea head to head

Chelsea achieved our record win against the Canaries in the reverse fixture in October. Our goals in the 7-0 victory came from a Mason Mount hat-trick, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James, Ben Chilwell and a Max Aarons own goal.
Chelsea stats

Reece James became the fourth Academy graduate to score five Premier League goals this term. The others are Mason Mount (seven), Conor Gallagher (eight, on loan at Crystal Palace) and Armando Broja (six, on loan at Southampton).

Although the Blues are unbeaten in our four midweek Premier League games this season, the last three have all been drawn 1-1 after we opened the scoring on each occasion.

Chelsea are looking to win four successive Premier League games for the first time since October. That four-game winning run included our 7-0 victory against Norwich.

We have not conceded in our last three Premier League games. The last time we won four league games in a row with a clean sheet was in 2016.

Excluding penalty shoot-outs, Thomas Tuchel’s side have only been defeated twice in 35 games in all competitions, winning 23 of them.

Chelsea are looking to win all three away games against the newly promoted sides in a Premier League season for the first time since 2014/15.


If selected, Marcos Alonso will make his 200th appearance for Chelsea since he arrived from Fiorentina in 2016. He will become the 26th overseas player to reach that landmark for the club.

Norwich City stats

This season’s Premier League stats (27 games)
Most starts: Pukki 26, Aarons 25, Gibson 23, Hanley 23, McLean 23
Most assists: Rashica 1, nine players on one
Most clean sheets: Krul 3, Gunn 1
Red cards: Gibson 1

The Canaries have not won any of their last 13 midweek Premier League fixtures (three draws, 10 defeats).

Norwich have scored the opening goal in fewer games than any other Premier League side this season (five).

Norwich have scored 16 Premier League goals this season, six fewer than any other side.

Only Burnley (three) have won fewer Premier League games this season than Norwich (four).

Norwich have lost their last six Premier League games by an aggregate score of 25-1 against sides starting the day in the top four of the table.

Just under half of Norwich’s 58 goals conceded in the Premier League this term have been scored in the last 30 minutes.
Billy Gilmour is ineligible to play against his parent club. He has started in 16 of Norwich’s 27 Premier League games this season.

Norwich have won nine points from their 14 home league games this season. Their two wins came against Southampton in November and Everton in January.

Dean Smith’s managerial record v Chelsea
Won: 1
Drawn: 2
Lost: 5


There are no suspensions.

Players who accumulate 10 yellow cards in Premier League matches up to and including our 32nd fixture will serve a two-match suspension in the competition.

Premier League bookings list

Norwich: Williams 7, Aarons 5, Lees-Melou 4, Normann 4, Pukki 4, Gibson 3, Byram 2, Cantwell 2, Gilmour 2, Hanley 2, Kabak 2, McLean 2, Giannoulis 1, Krul 1, Omobamamidele 1, Placheta 1, Sargent 1

Chelsea: Alonso 6, Rudiger 5, James 4, Jorginho 4, Kovacic 3, Christensen 2, Mendy 2, Mount 2, Pulisic 2, Thiago Silva 2, Ziyech 2, Chalobah 1, Havertz 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kante 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Sarr 1, Saul 1, Werner 1

Referee and VAR

Referee: Martin Atkinson
VAR: Jarred Gillet

Martin Atkinson is the official for a Chelsea game for the first time since Boxing Day against Aston Villa. His previous Blues match this season was our 3-1 home win against Southampton in October.


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