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Sep 15, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea
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How Cardiff City could line up against Chelsea

Sports Mole looks at how Cardiff City may line up when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

Cardiff City take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend seeking their first win of the Premier League campaign at the fifth attempt.

The Bluebirds have played out goalless draws with Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town, bookended by defeats to Bournemouth and Arsenal.

Neil Warnock saw his side finally get off the mark in terms of goals scored last time out, as City came close to snatching a point in a 3-2 loss to the Gunners.

The veteran manager now has a trip to Stamford Bridge to prepare for, where Cardiff do not have the most impressive of records.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Warnock may set out his side for Saturday afternoon's clash.



Possible CAR XI vs. CHE
Out: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
Doubtful: Aron Gunnarsson, Josh Murphy

The fitness of Gunnarsson, who has yet to feature for the Bluebirds in their second ever Premier League campaign, could well determine what shape Warnock goes with in West London.

If the Iceland international is deemed fit enough to start, a five-man midfield is a strong possibility, seeing Gunnarsson line up alongside Joe Ralls and Harry Arter in the middle.

Victor Camarasa, used predominantly as a central midfielder, was asked to fill in out wide against Arsenal and performed well, while Junior Hoilett was City's most dangerous player from wide areas in their promotion from the second tier.

Up top, Danny Ward took his big opportunity when handed a start against Arsenal by netting a decent header and looks good value to keep his place ahead of Kenneth Zohore, while Bobby Reid is a more attacking alternative if Gunnarsson misses out on selection, as expected.

> Click here to see how Chelsea could line up for this fixture

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Cardiff City players and staff celebrate promotion to the Premier League on May 6, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool35277179205988
2Manchester CityMan City34282487226586
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs352311165353070
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal34206868432566
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd34197863481564
7Watford35148135050050
8Everton35147145044649
9Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves34139124142-148
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35910164158-1737
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3597193254-2234
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

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