45+1 mins: There will be three minutes of stoppage time, give or take.
41 mins: The ball drops to Giroud in the box, who swings a left boot and miscues again. In the absence of fans, everyone can hear the Frenchman’s anguished scream as he comes to terms with a third yucky chance-fluff.
39 mins: It’s been a while since Norwich put more than a couple of passes together. Chelsea still aren’t creating much, but the pressure is building.
37 mins: Then from Willian’s corner Zouma sends a free header wide, much to the kick-taker’s evident frustration.
36 mins: Save! The best moment of the match so far as Rudiger crosses from the right and Pulisic pulls it down, gets a slightly lucky bounce off his left thigh, swivels and volleys goalwards, but Krul tips over the bar!
35 mins: Chelsea win a corner, which is nodded on at the near post, nodded back again from the far, and finally headed away.
33 mins: Klose is back on, and apparently unhurt after all.
31 mins: Pulisic tries to dribble into the Norwich box but he loses his footing and sweeps his feet through Klose’s leg as he tries to do anything really with the ball. The defender goes down clutching his right knee, and the physio is on.
30 mins: A second shooting chance for Giroud, and a second complete miskick. This time Azpilicueta’s low cross gives him a chance to blast the ball home with his right foot, but instead it bobbles off his shin and over the bar.
27 mins: Side netting! Alonso breaks down the left and pulls back, Pulisic runs onto it and shoots first-time, but the ball flies the wrong side of the near post.
27 mins: Jorginho is dispossessed in the centre-circle, and Drmic attempts to dribble through the entire home defence, which turns out to be some way above his ability levels.
23 mins: The first drinks break arrives, and Daniel Farke gets out his tactics board to give his players some bonus instructions.
20 mins: Chance for Chelsea! Jorginho tries to lift the ball over the Norwich defence, fails, but Godfrey nods it on for him, allowing Giroud to chest down and run into the area, but he doesn’t properly connect with his attempted finish and Krul catches.
18 mins: Kovacic is harshly judged to have handles just outside the Norwich area. Still waiting for something to happen.
15 mins: Both Norwich full-backs have a go at crossing: Lewis’s from the left is just too high for Cantwell, Aarons’ from the right finds a blue shirt/
13 mins: Hakim Ziyech is in the stands. Chelsea could do with him on the pitch: it’s been an underwhelming start from the home side, who with Norwich defending with plenty of numbers in central positions are seeing a lot of the ball but not accomplishing much with it.
10 mins: Chelsea have got in a few decent crossing positions so far, without producing a decent cross.
8 mins: “I think the thing i will miss most about Norwich in the Premier League is the incongruity between Daniel Farke’s rugged facial features and his squeaky voice,” says Stephen Carr. I like Norwich. Smallish clubs with stadiums walkable from the train station are excellent things, and I do like a bright kit.
5 mins: A driven cross from Alonso on the left misses everyone, but Chelsea recycle the ball and a driven cross from Loftus-Cheek on the right is turned behind for a corner, which Drmic heads clear.
3 mins: The first effort on goal comes off the head of Loftus-Cheek, who tries to skim a header from wide of the near post past Krul but finds only side netting. A decent cross from Azpilicueta, but a very difficult chance.
2 mins: Norwich have hogged possession so far. Sure, only 60 seconds have been played, but still.
1 min: They’re off!
They’re out, and pretty much ready to rock. Coins have been tossed, fists bumped, and there’s nothing standing in the way of us and action but the referee’s whistle.
The Chelsea players are in the tunnel, where they are hanging about looking extremely relaxed. Norwich’s players meanwhile walk out from the car park, or wherever it is that they’ve got changed.
Todd Cantwell is back in the starting line-up for Norwich. Has he done enough this season to earn a summer move back to the top flight? We’ll surely see a couple of Norwich’s youngsters again, but maybe if you were shopping you’d go for the full-backs first?
The managers have been having a pre-match chat. Frank Lampard says this:
I think regardless of the last two days it was always going to be a massive game for us. I’d rather worry about ourselves. We know the job in hand tonight. A team that’s just been relegated, we have to respect them and make it about us this evening.
It was a difficult game for us [in Sheffield], we didn’t perform well, that’s the end of that story. So some freshness and legs in midfield, people who’ve been pushing for places and deserved a chance, and hopefully it does show a change from Saturday. With the group we’ve got I like to think that when you make changes you get the same level or they improve it, and that’s the message.
And Daniel Farke says this:
Of course we’re disappointed and it’s also important that you feel the pain after relegation, but we have a job to do and also to show pride, that we are responsible to wear the yellow shirt. Football’s about creating experiences and memories, and we want to finish the season with some good memories.
Meanwhile, it’s all kicking off in the Championship. Well, strictly speaking it’s mainly coming to a conclusion, but some big results are rolling in.
Five changes for Chelsea, with Frank Lampard unimpressed with the side sunk 3-0 by Sheffield United in their last game: Rudiger, Alonso, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic and Giroud are in, Christensen, James, Barkley, Mount and Abraham are out.
Norwich did even worse in their last game, losing 4-0 at home to West Ham, and bring in McLean, Rupp, Cantwell and Drmic while leaving out Pukki, Stiepermann, Burndia and Vrancic.
The managers have picked their favourites, and here they are:
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud, Pulisic. Subs: Christensen, Barkley, Abraham, Pedro, Caballero, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, James, Tomori.
Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis, Tettey, Hernandez, McLean, Rupp, Cantwell, Drmic. Subs: Vrancic, Emi, Stiepermann, Trybull, Pukki, McGovern, Idah, Thomas, Martin.
Referee: Jon Moss.
Having been relegated on Saturday Norwich’s farewell tour starts at Stamford Bridge, where they will attempt to secure a first clean sheet since February against a side that has scored in every game since February. Nothing about this prospect looks likely: it is nearly eight months since the Canaries last won an away game, and in their last three home games Chelsea have scored considerably more goals (nine) than Norwich have in all 17 away fixtures in this season’s Premier League (seven). The difference in goals scored between the two teams is only three away from hitting 40, with Norwich’s survival hopes annihilated by a run of seven successive league defeats – they have never lost eight on the spin.
In summary and to conclude, welcome to Chelsea 5-0 Norwich.