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How Chelsea could line up against Cardiff City

Sports Mole looks at how Maurizio Sarri may set out his Chelsea side for Saturday's visit of Cardiff City in the Premier League.

Chelsea will be aiming to make it five wins from five under new boss Maurizio Sarri in the Premier League when they welcome Cardiff City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues have already overcome Huddersfield Town, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Bournemouth in the season's opening month to join Liverpool and Watford on maximum points.

Momentum has been disrupted somewhat by the international break, however, and Sarri will be wary of a Cardiff side that pushed Arsenal all the way in their most recent outing.

Ahead of this weekend's meeting in West London, Sports Mole predicts how Chelsea will line up.



Possible CHE XI vs. CAR
Doubtful: Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas remains Chelsea's only injury doubt, giving Sarri plenty of options to choose from right across the field, particularly in central midfield.

Jorginho has played a pivotal role in making the Blues the most pass-happy side in the Premier League this season, while Mateo Kovacic has adapted well and N'Golo Kante has been as good as ever in a more attacking role.

Left-back Marcos Alonso has hit the ground running this term by scoring one and setting up two more, meanwhile, but reports suggest that Sarri is not so happy with his central-defensive duo of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger.

After keeping a clean sheet against Bournemouth last time out, however, any changes in the backline - injury dependent - are unlikely for this weekend's match.

It is in attack that Sarri has his biggest decision to make, as Pedro scored a key goal from the bench against the Cherries to make it three strikes in four matches for him, so Willian could well make way out wide.

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

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek in action for Chelsea in pre-season on August 3, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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