Unfortunately, it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for Chelsea away from Stamford Bridge, certainly not in the Premier League.
Before Tuesday's thrashing of Steaua Bucharest, we had just one win in five tries and that one win was against League One opposition. To be fair, other than Swindon and Steaua, the away schedule made for ominous reading with Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and Bayern Munich in the Super Cup (neutral venue, technically). Fortunately, it gets a little easier on Sunday.
Or does it?
Norwich were a strong team at home last season - Arsenal and Manchester United both lost three points there - and they'll be looking to reestablish those credentials versus Chelsea tomorrow. This probably won't be as easy as we'd all like it to be.
Date/Time: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 13:30 BST; 8:30am EDT; 6pm IST
Venue/Location: Carrow Road, Norwich, UK
Forecast: Sunny although not too warm with highs in the low 60s / mid-teens.
On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK), NBCSN (USA), ESPN/HD (India)
Online: Sky Go, NOW TV (UK), NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
Norwich City squad news: Since we've last seen them, Chris Hughton has reinforced his squad with Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Nathan Redmond, Leroy Fer, and Javier Garrido, all four of whom have featured heavily in the early going. Talisman Grant Holt, who had scored all of Norwich's goals (all two of them) versus Chelsea in the last two seasons, is gone however.
Redmond and Garrido are expected back from short-term absences, boosting the hosts' left flank, while sometimes-competent defender Sebastien Bassong should be available once again as well.
View from the enemy: SB Nation has no early warning system.
Chelsea squad news: Marco van Ginkel is the new Oriol Romeu. Fernando Torres is also injured. AND he's suspended. Eden Hazard and Tomas Kalas are back in full training, but their match status is unknown still.
Having actually had a couple extra days off and with the two-week international break ahead, we will most likely see Mourinho deploy his so far preferred starters. No need for any needless experimentation.
Previously: Our last two visits to Carrow Road, since Norwich City's latest promotion ended in a goalless draw and a narrow, 1-0 win, with Juan Mata the only player to find paydirt in those 180 minutes. And while the Blues have yet to lose to the Canaries in the 21st century in nine tries, Chelsea still only have five wins overall in 22 tries away to Norwich. This will be the 46th meeting all-time between the two clubs, with Chelsea having won 18 and Norwich having won 14 of the previous 45.
Last season's Mata-inspired 1-0 win, which also saw the first team debut of Nathan Ake, came after the hilarious 8-0 vs. Aston Villa. We shouldn't be surprised if the one tomorrow also produces a narrow scoreline after a fun goalfest.