Norwich City hosts Chelsea at Carrow Road as the English Premier League continues on 8/24/19.

Soccer Norwich City

Norwich City overcame a shaky start to their previous term as they finished 5 points clear of their closest rivals to win the Championship, secure promotion and make a return to the English Premier League during the 2019-20 term. Daniel Farke, the first foreign head coach in the 114-year history of the club, took over the club in 2017, finished 14th in 2018 but has reaped the fruits of his fast-paced and possession-based style of play which was successful in Dortmund. Teemu Pukki led the team in scoring and was key in keeping the team on top of the table for the majority part of 2018-19.

This is the Norwich City squad as of July 15, 2019:

1 GK Tim Krul, 2 DF Max Aarons, 3 DF Sam Byram, 4 DF Ben Godfrey, 5 DF Grant Hanley (captain), 6 DF Christoph Zimmerman, 7 MF Patrick Roberts (on loan from Manchester City), 8 MF Mario Vrancic, 10 MF Moritz Leitner, 11 Onel Hernandez, 12 DF Jamal Lewis, 14 MF Todd Cantwell, 15 DF Timm Klose, 16 DF Philip Heise, 17 MF Buendia, 18 MF Marco Steipermann, MF Tom Trybull, 20 FW Josip Drmic, 21 GK Ralf Fahrmann, 22 FW Teemu Pukki, 23 Kenny McLean, 27 MF Alexander Tettey, 32 Dennis Srbeny, 33 GK Michael McGovern, 34 MF Louis Thompson, 35 FW Adam Idah, GK Aston Oxborough, MF Ben Marshall

Norwich City vs Chelsea 8/24/19

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Soccer Chelsea

Chelsea is one of the most successful football clubs in England. They have won six top-flight championships, 8 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 2 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 2 UEFA Europa League titles, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 1 UEFA Champions League title Chelsea has won five Premier League/First League titles in the last two decades, the last of which came in 2017. The soccer betting odds from this match isn’t out yet but remember that Chelsea finished third last term, although a distant one.

These are the players for Chelsea as of July 24, 2019:

1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 2 DF Antonio Rudiger, 3 DF Marcos Alonso, 5 MF Jorginho, 6 MF Danny Drinkwater, 7 MF N’Golo Kante, 8 MF Ross Barkley, 11 FW Pedro, 12 MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 13 GK Willy Caballero, 14 MF Tiemoue Bakayoko, 16 FW Kenedy, 17 MF Mateo Kovacic, 18 FW Olivier Giroud, 20 FW Callum Hudson-Odoi, 21 DF Davide Zappacosta, 22 FW Willian, 23 FW Michy Batshuayi, 27 DF Andreas Christiansen, 28 DF Cesar Azpilicueta (captain), 30 DF David Luz, 33 DF Emerson Palmieri, FW Tammy Abraham, MF Marco Van Ginkel, MF Mason Mount, FW Cristian Pulisic, and 5 DF Kurt Zouma.

Soccer Who Wins?

Teemu Puki led Norwich City with 30 Championship goals during the last term. Mario Vrancic, Onel Hernandez, Jordan Rhodes, and Emiliano Buendia each scored at least eight goals for Norwich City during the previous term. They were the best-attacking unit in the Championship. I’m just not sure how much that is going to be as equally successful in the Premier League.

It’s just unfortunate that when Lampard arrived at Chelsea, Eden Hazard was gone after he was sold to Real Madrid for the sum of £88.5m. The lure of Bernabeu was too much and Chelsea isn’t going to be better in the next term without a true star that could replace Hazard’s value. However, their limited transfer business may have yielded a gem.

All eyes will be on Christian Pulisic as he makes his debut in the Premier League after a highly successful preseason stint. The 20-year-old Pulisic has embraced Lampard’s style and has so far thrived with his new team. No doubt, he will be the player to watch out for on the side of Chelsea. I think Pulisic’s dribbling skills and his ability to deliver in the final third are going to be their key to victory. Prediction: Chelsea

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