Chelsea vs Cardiff Preview: Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on October 18, 2013

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Chelsea entertain Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon looking to put some pressure on the early pace-setters.

The Blues currently sit third in the table, just two points off leaders Arsenal, after a 3-1 win over Norwich before the international break and they will hope to put some pressure on the Gunners with another three points this weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s men boast a 100% record at the Bridge this season and head into the game in excellent form having won four and drawn the other of their last five games in all competitions.

Cardiff arrive in west London after a difficult week off the pitch with boss Malky Mackay reportedly ready to quit the club after former head of recruitment Iain Moody was sacked by owner Vincent Tan.

Mackay appears to have settled his differences with the club though and will look to get back to on-field matters this weekend with his side currently sitting 14th in the table – just one point off the relegation zone.

Team News

Chelsea will be without defender Ashley Cole after he was ruled out with a rib injury that kept him out of England recent World Cup qualifying double-header. Jose Mourinho has confirmed Ryan Bertrand will deputise at left-back.

Fernando Torres has been passed fit to play after recovering from a knee injury that he picked up against Steaua Bucharest earlier this month. However, the Spaniard may have to make do with a place on the bench with Demba Ba expected to retain his place after an excellent showing against the Canaries last time out.

Andre Schurrle will miss the game with a knock picked up playing for Germany in midweek but Eden Hazard is likely to be recalled in his place.

Cardiff have reported no fresh injury worries ahead of the game. Mackay’s major absentee is striker Andreas Cornelius who has been ruled out for several weeks with an ankle injury.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Juan Mata: The Spanish maestro has regained his first team place after some fine displays and was on target for Spain in midweek. Mata seems to have found his confidence again so we think he’ll be the one to watch again this weekend.

Predicted Score

Chelsea 3-0 Cardiff: We can see the Blues maintaining their 100% record at the Bridge with a comfortable win over Cardiff.

What would be your starting line-up and whats your predicted score? Share your views below.

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28 Comments

  1. Osacar

    October 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I believe chelsea would win if torres Mata, William,mikel play together!

  2. Emejuru prince chimezie

    October 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Cardiff will be a tough nut to crack’in every thing we will win.up chelsea.i want chelsea to play 4-5-1b.cech,ivanovic,luiz,cahill,bentrand,mikel,essien,oscar,mata,hazard,torres. Tanx

  3. krobeke oriebagha

    October 19, 2013 at 12:22 am

    By the grace of God Chelsea will win the march today by 4:1

  4. Charles femmy

    October 19, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Chelsea will triumph by 3-1 up blues, chelsea 4 life

  5. masterp

    October 19, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Up blue

  6. ayodi collins

    October 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

    cech, evan,terry,cahill,bendrat,mikel ramires,hazand,oscar,mata,ba. Win is a must chelsea 2-1 up blues

  7. Ibro

    October 19, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Chelsea will win 3-0. Up bluez

  8. Mone

    October 19, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Chelsea is winning today match by 3:1

  9. Enendu franklin

    October 19, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Chelsea all the way… 4-0… Torres getting 2goals tday

  10. OKHAS

    October 19, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Chelsea wil wen 3.,0 goal from ba, mata, oscar,

  11. OKHAS

    October 19, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Chelsea wil win 3.,0 goal from ba, mata, oscar,

  12. chika

    October 19, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Am sure chelsea will win dis match by d grace of God almighty. Chelsea 3 0

  13. Collins mbah

    October 19, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Cech,,ivano,,Luiz,,Terry,,bertrd,,ramirs,,Mikel,,Oscar,,willian,,hazzard and Torres. 4:2:3:1.and
    Chelsea win by 4:0 up up up up Chelsea for life

  14. Peter A Jacob

    October 19, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Chelsea will win Cardiff City 5:0 three goals in first half and two in second half.Up Chelsea!Chelsea for life!!!

  15. Jonas

    October 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Twill be a Comfortable win for Chelsea. . But tis high time Mourinho startz talkin about a new striker nd d offloading of Ba nd Eto’o

  16. olapade sunday

    October 19, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I’m a massive chelsea fan, Chelsea all the way………..1-1

  17. Carsey01

    October 19, 2013 at 8:20 am

    It prety simple.let mou play a v-shape midfield with mikel at the joint.oscar and mata suporting, willian and hazard wide and kdb and ramires subs.it make the team a more attack-oriented.thats why included mikel,who is happy not to enter an opponents box

  18. Ejehsunday

    October 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

    By grace of god and by the grace of soccer, chelsea is going to win by 2-0. Up chelsea

  19. AZUOMA CHRIS

    October 19, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Chelsea wil win 3 0 Blues 4 life

  20. Nathaniel Victor

    October 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Cech, aspi, cahil, luiz, batrend, mikel, lamp, mata, oscar, hazard, torres.

    • METRO YUSUF AHMED

      October 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

      IF IWERE MORINHO SINCE SHURLLE IS NT PLAY,HE SHOULD HAVE USE CAHILL TERRY LUIZ BETRAND FOR BACK MIKEL RAMIRES MATTA HAZZARD FOR MIDDLE TORRES FOR FRONT,OSCAR ETTO’O $DE REST SHOULD BE ON BENCH UP CHELSEA

  21. Uzor Chris

    October 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Chelsea have to continue in their winning way with this line -cech,ceaser,cahill,terry,betrand,mikel,ramires,william,mata,oscar,torres.

  22. Sircarma

    October 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Chelsea to win 3 0 but Jose please play Willians

  23. joshua o

    October 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

    chelsea will win today by d grace of God; chel:3_cadf 0.

  24. Cyril lsrael

    October 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Jose mourinho is up there with a good job and we the fans of this club thank him 4 that. We shall win by 2-0.

  25. softy

    October 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

    D blues cannot afford to lose a single point..
    up d blues..
    Willian deserve to b in d starting Line up for d first tym in d EPL..

    CHELSEA 4 – 0 CARDIFF

  26. akinola sundy

    October 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Chelsea4 cardiff0

  27. Segun

    October 19, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Cardiff will win 3-2

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