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It’s top versus bottom in the Premier League on Saturday as title challengers Chelsea welcome winless Norwich City to Stamford Bridge.

Norwich travel to West London to face leaders Chelsea, though with Canaries currently sit bottom-of-the-pile, having registered just two points in their top flight campaign so far.

Those points came courtesy of back-to-back goalless draws in their last two outings with fellow strugglers Burnley and an improved Brighton side respectively.

Despite being unbeaten in their last two, Daniel Farke’s side have had a wretched return to the Premier League this season and look doomed to occupy the relegation zone for the remainder of the season.

Already 4 points from safety, the East Anglians are also subject to the worst goal difference in the league, with a 5-goal swing between themselves on -14 and Newcastle United a place above them.

Travelling to Chelsea then will do nothing to allay those relegation fears, with Thomas Tuchel’s side sitting atop the standings, a point better off than Liverpool and two ahead of Manchester City.

The Blues have become a fearsome outfit under the German’s management, having kicked on further since winning the Champions League last season.

Chelsea continued the defence of their European crown midweek with a convincing 4-0 win over Swedish side Malmö in the group stages, although it did come at a cost.

£97.5m summer addition Romelu Lukaku hobbled off in the first half with ankle trouble, with fellow forward Timo Werner also withdrawn after tightness in his hamstring.

Tuchel confirmed both players will be out ‘for some matches’, although Chelsea’s fixture list in the coming weeks looks kind, with this clash against Norwich preceding games with Southampton, Newcastle and Burnley.

For Norwich, they are still without Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram for the trip to Stamford Bridge, whilst Todd Cantwell is in line for a return from an Achilles injury and is in contention to start.

Billy Gilmour is ineligible to feature for the Canaries, however, as he comes up against his parent club.

Chelsea v Norwich City is a 1230pm kick off on Saturday 23rd October.

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