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Chelsea: Blues’ winless run to continue at Norwich City, predicts Charlie Nicholas

Chelsea: Blues’ winless run to continue at Norwich City, predicts Charlie Nicholas

‘This is a tough test’ – Sky Sports pundit predicts more misery for Lampard and Chelsea

Charlie Nicholas believes Frank Lampard is set to extend his search for a win as Chelsea manager after predicting the Blues to drop points for a third Premier League game in a row against Norwich City.

Chelsea have picked up a point from their opening two games in the league, and face a trip to Carrow Road on Saturday lunchtime.

Nicholas thinks that Chelsea’s defence is not good enough and despite an exciting attack, it will not be enough to take all the points against the side who brushed Newcastle United aside last week.

Unfit centre-back Antonio Rudiger is yet to return to the Chelsea fold, while former Arsenal player Nicholas thinks his defensive colleagues are far too open to keep Norwich out this weekend.

In his weekly predictions for Sky Sports, he said: “This is a tough test for Chelsea. They have played some good football and have energy in attack, but the problems they have are the defence and also scoring goals.

“Kurt Zouma doesn’t seem to be the answer in defence. Antonio Rudiger will improve things when he returns but they haven’t settled and look vulnerable. The full-backs are getting opened up.

“Frank Lampard will be desperate to get a win, but I think this will be a high-scoring draw.”

Chelsea have shipped seven goals this season in all competitions so far and their defence has come under fire following their defeat to Manchester United on the opening day.

Meanwhile, Norwich possess the hottest marksman in the league at the moment in Teemu Pukki, and only West Ham United have conceded more than Chelsea – though the same can be said for the home side.

Therefore, Nicholas’ shout of a draw between the two may have some logic to it, and perhaps the game itself will come down to which attack turns up on the day.

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