Norwich vs Chelsea team news: Who comes in for doubtful N’Golo Kante as Frank Lampard’s side seek first win of Premier League campaign?

Chelsea travel to Norwich in the early kick off on Saturday in the hope of securing their first Premier League win under Frank Lampard.

The Blues have so far been dismantled by Manchester United at Old Trafford and were held to a draw by Leicester at home.

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Lampard is looking for his first win as Chelsea boss
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However, they have showed glimpses of brilliance in parts and are still waiting on key members of the squad to return from injury, such as Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Meanwhile, Norwich have had a promising start to the campaign.

The Canaries were comfortably beaten by Liverpool but did not play badly at all, with the result undoubtedly flattering the European champions.

Their second match saw them turn on the style, with Finnish striker Teemu Pukki scoring a hat-trick in a convincing 3-1 victory over Newcastle.

Saturday’s clash is LIVE on talkSPORT and talkSPORT.com has predicted how both sides will line up…

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Daniel Farke has openly admitted he will stick to his philosophy against the big teams in the Premier League and that was evident in the Liverpool defeat.

The Canaries played some lovely football but were ultimately caught on the break by Liverpool’s clinical attackers.

Nonetheless, Norwich will line-up in their accustomed 4-2-3-1 formation and try to play their own free-flowing, attacking brand of football.

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Norwich star Pukki has started the new season in fine form
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Tim Krul will start in goal, with Grant Hanley and Ben Godfrey in front of him as the centre-back pairing.

Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis are set to occupy the right and left sides of the defence respectively, and the pair will look to burst down the flanks and whip balls in to the attackers.

Tom Trybull and Moritz Leitner will occupy the two spots at the base of the midfield, with the former acting as the shield of the back four and the latter given the freedom to push forward in attack.

Behind the red-hot Teemu Pukki will be Todd Cantwell, who has been outstanding in the opening two matches, Marco Stiepermann and Emiliano Buendia, who is Farke’s most creative player on the pitch.

Top scorer Pukki will once again lead the line and he will be looking to add to his tally of four goals this season.

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Is this how Norwich line-up against Chelsea?

Lampard will also stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation that he has been using so far this campaign.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is really blossoming into a supreme goalkeeper and he will of course be occupying his spot between the sticks.

Lampard will use the same back four that he has used so far this term, with Emerson Palmieri preferred to Marcos Alonso on the left and captain Cesar Azpilicueta bursting down the right.

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Mount scored on his home Premier League debut for Chelsea
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Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma will again pair up as the central defenders, with this trip to Norfolk coming too early for Rudiger to make a return.

In the middle of the park, Mateo Kovacic will partner Jorginho as the double-pivot after Lampard revealed N’Golo Kante is a doubt for the match with an ankle sprain.

On the wings, Christian Pulisic should start on the left while Pedro will assume his natural spot on the right.

And Lampard may take a gamble on Tammy Abraham to lead the line over the more experienced Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman struggling to make an impact against Leicester last week.

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Is this how Chelsea will line-up against Norwich?

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