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  • October 19, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 41475
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Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Cardiff City

The hosts, who are looking to build on their most recent victory over Norwich, welcome a newly promoted side that has won just once in its last five Premier League outings.

Chelsea will look to extend a 12-match unbeaten home run in the top flight when it welcomes Cardiff City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's side has not tasted defeat at home in the Premier League since a surprise 1-0 loss against QPR in January. The London outfit has since won 10 and drawn two on its own turf and the run without a loss equals Everton's as the best in the division at present.

Chelsea heads into the game against Malky Mackay's men in good form, having won four and drawn one of its previous five in all competitions. The Blues' latest success came in a 3-1 triumph against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Anthony Pilkington cancelled out Oscar's opener, but late strikes from Eden Hazard and Willian ensured all three points for Chelsea. Goalkeeper Petr Cech will rack up 300 Premier League appearances if selected, with only John Terry and Frank Lampard having achieved that feat for the club.

Chelsea is sweating on the fitness of defender Ashley Cole, who withdrew from England duty with a rib injury, while striker Fernando Torres has yet to return to training since suffering a knee injury against Steaua Bucharest.

For Mackay, a return to league action following the international break will provide a welcome distraction from the off-field issues at the club that have cast a shadow over his position.

The Scot's future was unclear after the sacking of recruitment director Iain Moody, though Mackay did meet with the club's board during the week to ensure he would still have the final say on transfers.

One of the biggest concerns facing the 41-year-old will be the team's inability keep a clean sheet. Everton remains the only side that has been unable to breach the Cardiff defense in the Premier League this season.

The Welsh side will look to bounce back from a 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle United in the last league outing. A first-half double from Loic Remy secured the points, despite a second-half strike from Peter Odemwingie.

Cardiff has no fresh injury worries with which to contend, and transfer window signing Andreas Cornelius (ankle) is the only absentee.

The fixture marks the first league encounter between the two sides since March 1984.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chelsea

Cardiff City

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
Draw
Cardiff City FC CAR
Cardiff City FC Cardiff City
93%

Top 3 Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 0
Cardiff City FC CAR
Chelsea FC CHE
4 - 0
Cardiff City FC CAR
Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 1
Cardiff City FC CAR

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