FT: Chelsea 4 Norwich 1

92
Romeu, again, with a chance at the near post, but it won't be another for the free-scoring league leaders.

91
One or two groans from the Blues supporters as their side dares to go backwards after living it up on attack for so long.

90
As the crowd bays for another goal, Torres and Mata both come close to scoring within seconds of one another.

89
The Blues working the ball around as the Canaries seem to have given up trying to close them down.

88
An embarrassment of options on attack for the Blues may actually be their downfall as Di Matteo's side look to score again.

87
Norwich seem completely out on their feet at the moment as things don't look to good for Hughton and his men.

86
Romeu with a shot at goal that slides just wide.

85
Long ball forward for the ever-present Mata, but the dangerman is shuttled out of touch.

84
Blues able to deal with the visitors' late efforts on attack.

83
Canaries barely hanging on as Terry almost makes it five for the host with a headed attempt at the near post form a corner-kick.

82
Mikel gets a break for Oriol Romeu to get a rare run-out.

81
Chelsea continue to work the ball around on attack with Norwich almost at their mercy.,

80
Torres running hard up front but the final touch alludes inside the area.

79
Blues at ease with the lion's share of possession.

78
A flurry of changes from both managers as Holt leaves for Steve Morison, Ryan Bennett comes on for Bassong, and Cesar Apilicueta earns his first-ever appearance for the Blues, coming on for Ivanovic.

77
Ivanovic hammers in Chelsea's fourth from inside the box, a thunderin right-footed strike.

76
Blues, again. making themselves at home inside their opponents' half of the pitch.

75
A great one-two between Mata and Torres sees the latter out-sprint the defence, only for a good low save from Ruddy to deny the striker his second.

74
Slow and steady at the moment from Chelsea, Norwich chasing at shadows as the Blues work the ball around at the back.

73
Hazard's corner-kick from the left is easily dealt with by Ruddy as it seems as if the Blues are taking their foot off the pedal.

72
Norwich seeing a bit of the ball at the moment as Jonny Howson tries to wriggle his way through inside the Chelsea half.

71
Blues working the ball at pace outside the box, but Torres and Mata both lose the ball in half-decent scoring chances had they opted to shoot.

70
Pilkington's first touch of the ball is an attempted header inside the area from a cross from the right.

69
The hosts taking it easy as they slow things down on the halfway line.

68
Hazard looks for Oscar inside the area with an ambitious pass, as Pilkington replaces Johnson in midfield for Canaries.

67
Ramires takes to the field with Lampard coming off to a standing ovation.

66
Norwich miss out on a rare attacking chance, which they can ill-afford at this stage of the match.

65
Blues having to fall back on defence with the Canaries pushing up in earnest.

64
Chelsea dominating proceedings with Norwich struggling to even get a touch on the ball to consolidate their defence.

63
Blues taking their chance from out wide with Ivanovic pushing up on attack down the flank.

62
Torres still hustling and bustling the Canaries on the ball and one can't fault the Spaniard's work ethic today.

61
Chelsea pushing up as per the norm with Torres even dropping back into midfield in a bid to get hold of the ball.

60
Norwich fail to make the most of a rare attacking chance, Russell Martin the guilty party.

59
Lampard skies his effort on goal when he should've maybe looked for a free team-mate either side of him.

58
Mata put through on goal, but Ruddy does well to come out and poach the ball out from underneath the Blues midfielder's feet.

57
Blues working the ball from the halfway line and it's the Mata show at the moment with the Spaniard seemingly everywhere on the field.

56
Canaries try to hit the Blues on the counter but the hosts are wise to their efforts and scramble back on defence.

55
Lampard with a decent through ball down the left for Cole, but his Chelsea and England team-mate just can't keep the ball in play.

54
Tettey tries his luck form range but his effort is well wide of goal.

53
A spell of decent possession for the Canaries as they try to make some headway into their opponents' half.

52
Barnett with a risky challenge on Hazard inside the box after the Blues attacker tried to come around the outside. The Norwich defender is lucky to have escaped without giving away a penalty.

51
Mata with an inspired, angled run from the right, only for his final shot to take off skew towards goal.

50
The Blues drifting their attacking forays from one side the park to the other with the lies of Mata and Oscar popping up at random.

49
Chelsea working the ball down the left flank through Hazard, but the Belgian is forced to rush his passes by a determined Canaries outfit.

48
Cole with a left-footed attempt from the corner of the box, but it's blocked by the defence.

47
The Canaries with the early attacking chances, Holt's header from Johnson's free-kick from the right not far off the bottom right corner of goal.

46
Second half is underway!

46
Mata and Torres combine to try and squeeze the ball off for Hazard, but the Canaries won't be caught napping late in the first stanza.

45
Di Matteo will be the happier of the two managers at half-time as the linesman signals one minute of added time.

44
The Blues closing out the half trying to maintain possession of the ball on the halfway line.

43
Johnson squeezes off a cross from the left to find Holt out to the left of Petr Cech, but the Canaries skipper's header is wide of the ;left corner of goal, but only just.

42
Bassong manages to head the ball clear from a promising cross from Cole on the left with Torres lurking in the box.

41
The Blues camped inside the Canaries half and are able launch an attack almost at will.

40
Oscar weasels his way through a congested defence on the edge of the box, his shot on target but Ruddy is up to the task and gets down low to stop it.

39
Chelsea come again, this time down the right and it's looking all too easy for the home side.

38
Torres pressuring Ruddy at the back after the shot-stopper receives a risky back pass from Wes Hoolahan.

37
Lampard with a superb cross in for a rising Torres in the 18-yard area but the striker's header is over the crossbar.

36
Chelsea still getting over the halfway line with ease, but the Canaries are giving the Blues dangermen too much time on the ball to launch their attacks.

35
Terry manages to clear the danger at the back after Norwich launched a rare attacking surge.

34
Blues fail to capitalise on a good corner kick into the Canaries box.

33
Chelsea are all over their opponents at the moment and it should just be a matter of time before they score again.

32
Norwich trying to turn defence into offence themselves but no such luck.

31
Hazard coolly places the ball in the bottom right corner after Mata's perfect defence splitting pass finds the young attacker inside the box.

30
Bennett whips in Norwich's first corner of the match but the defence clears the danger for Chelsea with the chance to hit the visitors on the counter-attack.

29
Blues, again, playing some attacking, one-touch football inside the Canaries half.

28
Bradley Johnson lucky to escape without a caution after going in with a rash tackle on Cole and then David Luiz.

27
Chelsea calming things down and stringing a few passages of play together from the back, Branislav Ivanovic then losing the ball trying to push up down the right.

26
Good pressure from Oscar on Bassong almost allows the new Blues talent to poach the ball in a good attacking position on the field.

25
Ashley Cole with a good chance inside the box after a great cross from the right from Oscar, but the Blues left-back's header is weak.

24
Canaries battling to close down a relentless attacking quartet of Torres, Mata, Hazard and Oscar.

23
With a one-goal cushion, the Blues look to build from the back.

22
Lampard scores with a well-struck half-volley off a rebound on the edge of the box.

21
Chelsea, again, working the ball around the box but they just can't find an opening.

20
Blues a bit on the back foot as Canaries make some headway on attack.

19
Alexander Tettey with a perfect chance to put Norwich back in front, but he fluffs his shot from a pass from the right.

18
Long ball forward for Mata inside the area, but the Canaries defence manages to clear the danger.

17
Blues still pushing up with verve with Mata hustling in and around the box.

16
Oscar's strike lacks the power but it creeps through Norwich's defence with Hazard baring down on it but John Ruddy gathers the ball just in time.

15
The Blues, buoyed by Torres' leveler, are back inside the Canaries' half and trying get in another goal.

14
Torres equalises for the Blues with a brilliant header from Lampard's cross into the area.

13
The visitors more confident going forward now that they're ahead on the scoresheet.

12
Chelsea a little shell-shocked at having gone behind and are looking to regain their ascendency from early on.

11
Grant Holt smashes the ball in from close-range to give the visitors the surprise lead.

10
The Canaries with a attacking chance from an Elliot Bennet free-kick, but ball into the box is cleared.

9
The Blues putting in the mileage and sweat trying to prise open a dogged Norwich back-line.

8
Lampard, Hazard and Oscar exchanging passes just outside the Canaries' box, but there's no way through for the trio.

7
The visitors having to work hard to get out of their own half at the moment.

6
The home side pushing up, this time down the left through Hazard but the latest long ball forward for the Belgian playmaker is touch too long.

5
The Blues pressurising the Canaries in possession, but Di Matteo may still be ruing Torress' missed opportunity early on.

4
Torres is free in space and into the box, but the Blues hitman fails to pull the trigger under the watchful eye of Bassong.

3
The hosts pushing up through Mata down the right, yet the Spaniard's space is closed down swiftly.

2
The Blues starting the livelier of the two sides, but the visitors seem eager for the challenge in west London.

1
The match is underway!

I reckon we're in with a right good chance today. Yes, we played badly and got punished for it last week, but we've picked a much stronger side today with some proper defensive cover in midfield. Added to that, Terry and Cole are going to be taunted mercilessly - reckon at least one of them will be sent off! Come on you yellows!! Simon Pepin

i really feel for norwich today,i like them as a club but i am a chelsea fan. norwich are very weak defensively and i think we could easily put 5 or 6 past them today, 10-1 for torres to get a hat trick is a good bet. Willie Maher

I predict that Chelsea will thrash Norwich as they have been doing very well so far this season. It is going to be a great match!

Hey everyone, I'm going for a 5-0 victory today for chelsea.. Norwich got ruined by liverpool last game so there momentum is low, we won 4-0 and the team are really jelling together now, terry torres and hazard on the score sheet together it'll be 2-0 at half time with a flurry in the second half! Come on chelsea! Paul carruthers

Feel free to e-mail your thoughts or predictions to devin.hermanus@teamtalkmedia.com and we'll publish as many of them before - and during - the game as possible.

Anthony Pilkington is on the bench for the Canaries despite a back problem, with Sebastien Bassong having passed a late fitness test. Unfortunately, Steven Whittaker and Simon Lappin are out with ankle injuries, while striker Harry Kane has had surgery on a foot injury.

Blues captain John Terry returns to the starting line-up after sitting out in midweek. Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel are also back to occupy the centre of the park with the trio of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata supporting Torres up front. Ramires takes up a spot on the bench as the Brazilian has played relentlessly for the last month.

Norwich are rated at 12/1 to beat Chelsea today by our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 11/2 for the match to end in a draw. Fernando Torres is 5/2 to score first and 10/1 to score a hat-trick.

Chris Hughton, however, has endured a difficult start with the Canaries who've picked up only three points from six games so far this season and find themselves in 18th position in the league.

Roberto Di Matteo's men currently top the Premier League standings and will be strong favourites heading into today's fixture after their 4-0 midweek demolition of FC Nordsjealland in the Champions League.

Good afternoon, I'm Devin Hermanus and I'll be taking you through all the action as Chelsea host Norwich at Stamford Bridge. Kick-off is scheduled for 1500 BST.

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Swansea v Southampton  
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West Ham v Liverpool  
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Barclays Premier League

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

Updated Thu, 18 Sep 2014

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