Chelsea v Norwich preview

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

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Mata: Likely to be on the bench

Mata: Likely to be on the bench

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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

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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