Chelsea v Norwich preview

Team news ahead of Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash between Chelsea and Norwich at Stamford Bridge.

Last Updated: 26/08/11 at 11:56

Mata: Likely to be on the bench

Mata: Likely to be on the bench

Juan Mata is unlikely to start Chelsea but the Spain winger, who completed his move from Valencia on Wednesday, could be on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Fellow new boy Oriol Romeu is in contention to start, but the game comes slightly too soon for David Luiz (thigh), while Petr Cech and Michael Essien (both knee) remain sidelined and Daniel Sturridge serves the final instalment of his three-match ban.

Norwich will be without defender Daniel Ayala, who is set to miss up to eight weeks with a knee injury.

Playmaker Wes Hoolahan (hamstring) will be monitored, centre-back Leon Barnett returns after a one-match ban, as manager Paul Lambert is set to make changes from the side thrashed 4-0 at home in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night.

Striker James Vaughan and centre-half Elliott Ward are still sidelined after picking up minor knee injuries during pre-season.

Chelsea (from): Hilario, Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Terry, Alex, Cole, Mikel, Romeu, McEachran, Lampard, Ramires, Benayoun, Mata, Malouda, Torres, Drogba, Anelka, Kalou, Lukaku, Turnbull.

Norwich (from): Ruddy, Tierney, Barnett, de Laet, Naughton, Bennett, Johnson, Fox, Crofts, Pilkington, Holt, Rudd, Martin, Whitbread, Hoolahan, Surman, Jackson, Morison.

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Premier League Fixtures

Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal
16:10
Everton v Man Utd
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 33 -6 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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