January 5, 2018

Norwich v. Chelsea Preview  (Sky Sports)

David LuizDavid Luiz is set to play for only the second time since October when Chelsea travel to Norwich in the FA Cup on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

Luiz is fit again following a knee injury and lost his place in the side to Andreas Christensen, but is likely to play as the Blues rotate their options.

The Brazilian comes back into a team that is in good recent form having won five of their last seven fixtures. Chelsea's FA Cup pedigree is also strong; winning the tournament four times in the last 11 seasons.

Norwich, who are unbeaten in their last three games in the Sky Bet Championship, have been knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup for the last four seasons.

Team news

Canaries duo Harrison Reed and Marco Stiepermann will miss the visit of Chelsea.

Midfielder Reed was forced off early in the 0-0 draw at Burton Albion due to a hip problem, while Stiepermann sustained a groin injury following the defeat to Brentford.

Along with Luiz, Charly Musonda could feature following a groin injury, but Eden Hazard is a doubt with a knock to his calf sustained in Wednesday's draw at Arsenal.

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Norwich have been eliminated in all four previous FA Cup ties against Chelsea, most recently in the fifth round in 2006/07.

Chelsea have progressed from 20 of their last 21 FA Cup ties against non-Premier League sides, with the exception of their 4-2 defeat to Bradford in January 2015.

Steven Naismith has scored six goals in his last six matches against Chelsea in all competitions, including a hat-trick last time out in the Premier League in September 2015.

The Blues are unbeaten in 13 matches against the Canaries in all competitions (W10 D3) since a 3-0 defeat in December 1994 under Glenn Hoddle.

In domestic cup competitions for Chelsea against non-Premier League opponents, Michy Batshuayi has had a hand in nine goals in four matches (seven goals, two assists), averaging a goal or assist every 40 minutes.

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