Chelsea vs Cardiff City

Grant SmithSep 15, 2018

Gary Cahill Cesc Fabregas remain sidelined, but neither looks anywhere near breaking into the Coach's plans, while promising midfielder Marco van Ginkel will also likely miss out once again.

David Luiz believes Maurizio Sarri's attitude to life, coupled with his footballing philosophy, has helped the Italian make an impressive start at Chelsea.

Chelsea are favourites to maintain their ideal start to the league season at Stamford Bridge against Neil Warnock's men, who are winless in their opening four games.

"We have to play seven matches in 23 days, so I had to work", he said.

All of Chelsea's other first-team players have returned back from the global break unscathed, although they will need to be assessed for fatigue by Sarri.

Fabregas is likely to only be fit for a place on the bench, though, and could replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who picked up an injury on global duty with England.

"These kinds of players give a different story about Chelsea than the way we knew Chelsea before".

Neil Warnock's men have picked up two draws and two defeats from their opening four games, scoring just twice. Chelsea will be in the Europa League and there may be increased chances for a host of fringe players.

The game kicks off at 3pm BST (10am ET) on Saturday and it will not be shown on TV in the United Kingdom.

The other big selection question will be whether Pedro or Willian start against the Bluebirds - it would appear that the Spaniard will get the nod having come off the bench last time out against Bournemouth netting in a 2-0 win.

Chelsea play at home to Cardiff city tomorrow in the Premier League match day 5.

"So it's going to be hard for them to win the Premier League".

The Italian who is looking to win his fifth consecutive game in the Premier League since he took over from Antonio Conte said, "Tomorrow will be a very hard game. It's up to him, I am very open with him because of his history with the club".

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