Chelsea vs Norwich City Premier League tie could move to new date as Canaries express displeasure
Chelsea’s next Premier League clash with Norwich City will be moved to March 10 if either or both teams qualify for the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The Blues take on Luton Town on Wednesday night, while the Canaries take on Liverpool the same night in the hope of a place in the last eight of the competition.
If either side are successful, it means an FA Cup clash will take place on the weekend of March 19, when the Carrow Road tie is currently scheduled.
It would mean Thomas Tuchel’s side would have a free midweek to continue the relentless schedule that their success has provided this season.
The Blues take on Burnley on Saturday March 5, then travel to Norwich on March 10, before coming up against Newcastle on Sunday March 13. Next comes the Champions League Round of 16 second leg with Lille.
While Chelsea would play four games in a period they have grown accustomed to, Dean Smith’s side would have a tough time, however, with the club citing their dissatisfaction with the arrangements.
The Canaries could face four fixtures in just 11 days, with the game against Chelsea sandwiched between crucial relegation clashes against Brentford and Leeds United.
A statement from the Norwich club read: “Norwich City’s Premier League game at home to Chelsea in March will be rearranged if either team progresses to the Emirates FA Cup this week.
“The match is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday March 19 at Carrow Road, kick off at 3pm.
“However, if either team progresses from their FA Cup fifth round draw this week, the Premier League have taken the decision to rearrange the game for Thursday 10 March, with a kick-off at 7:30 p.m.
“Given the proximity of our match at Leeds United the following Sunday, Norwich City would like to express their disappointment and frustration at the late notification and timing of this potential re-arrangement of the match.
“Norwich City would also like to apologize to both groups of supporters for any inconvenience caused by this potential late rearrangement.”
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