NORWICH XI: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis, Tettey (c), McLean, Rupp, Cantwell, Hernández, Drmic. SUBS: McGovern, Vrancic, Buendia, Stiepermann, Trybull, Pukki, Idah, Thomas, Martin.
CHELSEA XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Pulisic, Giroud. SUBS: Caballero, Christensen, James, Tomori, Barkley, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Abraham.
Chelsea’s Champions League fight got tougher as Manchester City’s ban from the competition was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
With Norwich’s relegation already confirmed, they are playing only for pride. Chelsea, meanwhile, are looking to secure Champions League football. They currently sit third, a point above Leicester and Manchester United.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Premier League clash between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.
KICK-OFF! Norwich get the ball rolling.
Azpilicueta finds Loftus-Cheek with a cross from Chelsea’s right, but the midfielder heads wide of the near post.
Alonso flashes a dangerous ball across goal, but there are no takers in the middle for a close-range shot.
Chelsea are doing most of the early attacking, but haven’t created much.
Hakim Ziyech is in attendance at Stamford Bridge. How Chelsea could use his creativity tonight!
Lewis crosses for Cantwell from Norwich’s left, but Alonso puts the latter off.
Alonso lashes at goal under pressure, but his effort swerves well off target.
Norwich fail to deal with Jorginho’s long aerial pass and Giroud gets a shot at goal, but it’s uncomfortable for him and his effort loops into Krul’s arms.
Time for the first drinks break.
Back underway at Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta cuts back for Giroud, but the Frenchman miscues his effort.
After Pulisic’s challenge hurts Klose, he makes his way to the sidelines for the time being at least.
Azpilicueta flicks on at the near post from a corner. Loftus-Cheek keeps it in play, but no blue body is ready in the danger area to capitalise on his headed pass.
CROSSBAR! Pulisic, on the turn, forces a fine save from Krul, who tips his shot behind via the woodwork.
Zouma’s header from the ensuing corner goes just wide of goal.
From Chelsea’s left, the ball is cut back for Alonso, who fires off target. The Blues look better than in the opening stages of the game.
Klose allows a looping ball to bounce and Giroud has a chance to shoot, but it’s poor from him again as he miscues once more. No problem for Krul.
HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 1-0 NORWICH. Chelsea are controlling the game and Giroud’s stoppage time goal separates the sides.
GOAL, CHELSEA, GIROUD! 1-0: Pulisic finds Giroud from the left and the Frenchman finally finds the net with his header!
Willian’s cross appears to take a deflection and comfortably finds the arms of Krul. We head into three minutes of stoppage time.
KICK-OFF! Chelsea get the second half underway.
Willian’s corner picks out Rudiger, but his header misses the target.
Klose is down again after being caught by the stray arm of Giroud. It’s been a tough game for him.
Willian’s shot at goal deflects behind for a corner.
Willian’s corner finds Giroud, who heads off target. Chelsea are all over Norwich.
Azpilicueta does well to plant himself in front of a shot. Chelsea are now the team applying pressure.
Referee Jon Moss gives Cantwell a yellow card for his challenge on Loftus-Cheek.
Zouma picks up a yellow card for his foul on Godfrey.
Lewis’ shot is deflected behind. Kovacic is booked for his challenge on Cantwell.
Azpilicueta looks to curl an effort past Krul, but it just goes over the target. Barkley comes on for Loftus-Cheek.
Time for another drinks break. Chelsea are still in the ascendancy, although Norwich have had the odd chance here and there.
Back underway at the Bridge.
Azpilicueta picks out Giroud, but the Frenchman heads off target. Buendia is on in place of Cantwell.
Pulisic meets a chip-pass and forces a good save from Krul with a close-range shot.
Azpilicueta picks out Alonso, whose header at the far post is saved by Krul.
Drmic, Hernández and Tettey are replaced by Idah, Pukki and Stiepermann
James is on for Chelsea in place of Alonso.
CHANCE! Willian’s low cross picks out Giroud at the near post, but he misses the target from close range. That will be his last involvement.
On comes Abraham in place of Giroud.
The ensuing free-kick shot from Willian is pushed away by Krul at the near post.
Buendia sees yellow for a foul and then Rupp is replaced by Martin for Norwich.
FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 1-0 NORWICH. Chelsea consolidate their grip on third with a sluggish, but comfortable enough victory.
Three minutes of stoppage time have been added at Stamford Bridge.