Frank Lampard is yet to register a PL win as a manager after facing tough games against Manchester United and Leicester but comes into a game that would have been considered a bit easier before the season started, against newly promoted Norwich. For the Blues, that will not even remotely be the case after Norwich have started the season with true intention, bagging a goal and creating plenty of chances against Liverpool but then disposing of Newcastle in stylish fashion.
Teemu Pukki has been the mastermind behind the Canaries’ last year or so, the Finnish striker scored 29 in the 18/19 Championship campaign and has started the PL season with 4 goals in 2, including a hattrick against Newcastle. He’s looking a real threat and the step up in quality of football really doesn’t seem to have phased him. Todd Cantwell was responsible for two of the assists for Pukki against Newcastle and the 21-year-old Englishman looked dangerous cutting in from a wide role. It’s clear that Daniel Farke has embedded a real attacking style in Norwich and it’s working tenfold.
Chelsea haven’t had the greatest starts with Lampard’s winless tenure thus far, but this season will be used purely to create the team he’s going to use in the future. Mason Mount has been a prime example of the youth coming through at the moment, he’s played the full 90 minutes in both of Chelsea’s games so far and scored his first PL goal in the Blues 1-1 draw with Leicester last weekend. In addition, at Derby (still under Lampard), he scored in their away fixture against Norwich last season in a 4-3 victory.
The glaring issue in the Chelsea camp seems to be defensively, in their last 5 away games in all competitions they’ve conceded 15 goals and have conceded 5 in their first 2 PL games. The new backline has bags of youth coming through and they’re clearly still adapting to being at the top level, all there’s to be said for now is they will leak goals.
Talking of goals, Norwich tend to be involved in high scoring home fixtures, in their last 9 games in all competitions, 8 of them have had over 2.5 goals where Chelsea have had over 2.5 in 7 of their last 9. Norwich’s consistency offensively and Chelsea’s current form, this will make for a high scoring game.
If you’re looking for a selection to place a bet on for this game, Pukki to score, draw and over 2.5 is roughly available at 14/1.
Teemu Pukki to score is available at roughly 6/4 too, which looks a steal.