Chelsea will be hoping to reignite their top 4 ambitions with a win when they welcome already-relegated Norwich City to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
The Blues were beaten 3-0 by Sheffield United last time out, a defeat which had a damaging effect on their qualification for the Champions League.
However, the blow was softened by Southampton grabbing a late equaliser on Monday night against Manchester United, who could have gone above Chelsea had they beaten the Saints at Old Trafford.
United’s draw means the pendulum once again swings the way of Chelsea, with a top 4 place becoming even more important now that Manchester City’s 2-year UEFA ban has been overturned.
Frank Lampard’s side welcome a Norwich City outfit who will be playing Championship football next season, with the Canaries’ relegation confirmed last Saturday.
The 0-4 defeat to West Ham at Carrow Road was their eighth successive loss – an unwanted club record – which consigned them to the drop with 4 games to play.
Defeat at Chelsea would mark loss number 25 for the season – the most games the Canaries have lost in a single season since league football began.
Frank Lampard has spoken about how he feels ‘experience is overrated’ when asked about his players, but the Chelsea boss will no doubt be pleased that the seasoned N’Golo Kante is nearing a return.
The France international has been suffering with a hamstring strain which has kept him out, and although close to a comeback, Lampard may decide to opt against playing Kante with tougher games against Wolves, Liverpool and Leicester still to come.
Billy Gilmour will miss out with a knee problem, but Fikayo Tomori could feature after a spell on the sidelines.
Daniel Farke is missing Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann, Moritz Leitner and Sam Byram for Norwich, with all having long-term issues.
Todd Cantwell was benched for the game with West Ham after a recent knock, but may return to the starting eleven at Stamford Bridge.
Teemu Pukki hasn’t scored a top-flight goal since January, and if this summer is to be the end of his spell at the club, he’ll want to conclude it by breaking his duck in the remaining games.
Chelsea v Norwich City at Stamford Bridge is an 8.15pm kick off on Tuesday, July 14.