A relegation-threatened Cardiff City will host the top-4 chasing Chelsea in the Premier League match at Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, on Sunday evening (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Cardiff City and Chelsea
Kick Off: Sunday 31 March
Match Timing: 06:35 PM (IST)
Where the game is played?Cardiff City Stadium (65,647)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
For the most part of the season, Cardiff City have been fighting an arduous battle which is now nearing its twilight zone. Whether the Blue Birds see the day or fall into the abyss of Championship depends on results. Positive results. Everything is clear; win games and avoid the drop. It’s as simple as that.
As things stand in the Premier League, Cardiff City are third from bottom having accumulated 28 points from 30 games. Burnley are a place above with two points more in their kitty. However, the point to be noted here is that the Clarets have played a game more than the Blue Birds.
The picture may be gloomy but manager Neil Warnock is optimistic that his team can avoid the drop.
We’re still putting the frighteners on one or two other teams. You forget where we were two years ago and you get carried away, but they keep fighting and coming back when everybody writes us off,” he said.
It’s good to be optimistic but Cardiff have to punch above their weights if they are to avoid the drop.
In addition, they must be prepared for the tough run-in as five of their remaining 8 games are away from home. And considering six of Cardiff’s 8 wins have come at home, the fight becomes even harder for them.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are fighting to get into the top-4. They are 6th with 3 points separating them from the champions league places.
It has been an inconsistent season for the 2016-17 English champions. They have picked up some big results, but the defeats against the so-called lowly teams have hurt the team the most.
The Blues did string together good results but the defeat to Everton last time around has put the pressure back on manager Maurizio Sarri who is once again feeling the heat.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Cardiff City – W W L L L W
Chelsea – W W W D W L
CHE vs CAR Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Cardiff City vs Chelsea Team News:
Injured – Defender Callum Paterson will miss the rest of the season after he suffered an injury playing for Scotland, while Sol Bamba remains a long-term absentee.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Jazz Richards has made progress in his injury rehabilitation but this game may have come too soon for him.
Neil Warnock was fretting over the way Iceland managed Aron Gunnarsson. He looks exhausted and is expected to sit this match out.
Note: Cardiff won their last game 2-0 against West Ham and we expect most of the players starting that match do the same here. However, Gunnarsson is doubt and may be replaced by Joe Ralls in the midfield.
Key Players – Niasse, Camarassa
Injured – As for Chelsea, Marco van Ginkel and Ethan Ampadu are the only confirmed absentee ahead of this match.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Ruben Loftus-Cheek missed the international duty with a back problem and will be monitored before the match.
Note: Callum Hudson-Odoi is in contention to start the match having earned his first England start against Montenegro. But Maurizio Sarri has favored Willian and Pedro as his wing players.
Key Players – Hazard, Pedro, Willian
CHE vs CAR Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Cardiff City– Etheridge (GK), Peltier, Manga, Morrison, Bennett, Murphy, Ralls, Arter, Hoilett, Camarasa, Niasse
Chelsea– Kepa Arrizabalaga (G), Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Higuain, Hazard
CHE vs CAR Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Chelsea are on a three-game winning streak against Cardiff City. The Blues have also won 7 of their last 9 games against the Blue Birds.
We back Chelsea to win the match.
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