The International break is all wrapped up and Premier League Football returns! Chelsea take on minnows Cardiff at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Blues have had a perfect start to the Premier League winning all four of their first four games and Maurizio Sarri will be hoping his team can shove aside relegation favorites Cardiff. The Visitors Cardiff City are yet to register a win in the Premier League and are Languishing at 16th Place. We’ll be expecting to see Chelsea go all out attack while Cardiff will be continuing to drop deep and Defend.

Team News

Chelsea- Milan Linked Cesc Fabregas has recently returned to full fitness but it’s likely that the Spaniard will have to go through another week’s training before returning to the Squad. Ruben Loftus Cheek is also a doubt after getting a knock on the Shin during the International break. Full-Backs Emerson Palmieri and Davidde Zappacosta are both out with an illness. In these circumstances, it will be interesting to see who makes the bench for Chelsea, with two regular substitutes in Loftus Cheek and Zappacosta ruled out. It may be a Chance for youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi or the forgotten Danny Drinkwater.

Predicted XI: Arizzabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Morata, Hazard

Cardiff City- Cardiff’s 11 Million Pound summer signing will be assessed before the start of the game as the Former Norwich player has a slight niggle in his hamstring. Aron Gunnarsson, who missed International duty for Iceland because of a Knee Problem is likely to miss the trip to West London. Nathaniel Mendez remains a long-term Absentee for Cardiff.

Predicted XI: Etheridge, Bennett, Bamba, Morrison, Manga, Hoilett, Arter, Ralls, Camarasa, Ward, Reid

Key Players

Chelsea- Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard has been in red-hot form for Chelsea and the Belgian has chipped in with 2 Goals and 2 assists in his last 4 appearances. Making him a genuine threat.

Cardiff City- Souleymane Bamba

The Ivorian has been a rock for Cardiff City at the back and his Physical presence will be needed if Cardiff is to salvage anything out of this game.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Cardiff City

Chelsea will expectedly dominate possession and Cardiff’s deep-lying defense will be hard to break but Chelsea succeeded against Newcastle’s virtual back Nine and I see them having no problems whatsoever. I predict Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso to find the back of the net.

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