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Cardiff vs Chelsea: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

15:05 GMT+3 31/03/2019
Eden Hazard Chelsea 2018-19
The Bluebirds will look to galvanise their survival hopes and strike a blow to the Blues' top four aspirations when the pair clash in South Wales

Cardiff City's attempts to stave off relegation from the Premier League will continue when they welcome Chelsea.

The Bluebirds are two points from safety but have two games in hand over 17th-placed Burnley.

Maurizio Sarri's side are off the pace in the race for the top four and having lost four of their last six games away from home can ill-afford any further slip-ups.

Game Cardiff City vs Chelsea
Date Sunday, March 31
Time 2:05pm BST / 9:05am ET
Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial)

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with  fuboTV (7-day free trial).

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US TV channel Online stream
NBC Sports Live fubo TV (7-day free trial)

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports and online and on mobile via Sky Go.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go

Squads & Team News

Position Cardiff City squad
Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies, Murphy
Defenders Ecuele Manga, Bamba, Connolly, Cunningham, Bennett, Peltier, Richards, Morrison
Midfielders Arter, Camarasa, Ralls, Paterson, Gunnarsson, Bacuna, O'Keefe, Damour, Harris, Reid
Forwards Murphy, Hoilett, Mendez-Laing, Zohore, Ward, Healey, Niasse

Cardiff XI: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bennett, Gunnarsson, Arter, Camarasa, Hoilett, Niasse, Murphy

Position Chelsea squad
Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Bulka
Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta
Midfielders Jorginho, Kante, Hazard, Barkley, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi, Moses, Willian
Forwards Giroud, Higuain

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Higuain, Willian

Betting & Match Odds

Chelsea are the overwhelming favourites at 4/9 with  bet365 . Cardiff  are  8/1 while a draw is priced at 7/2.

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Match Preview

Back-to-back games against Chelsea and Manchester City is not the schedule Neil Warnock would have wanted following the international break.

Victory over West Ham United last time out in the Premier League did come three weeks ago and it would be understandable if Warnock's side were slightly rusty.

The former Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United boss would be among the first to admit his squad is not high on quality, but what they surrender in terms of panache they more than make up for in desire. That alone could be enough to see them beat the drop.

"It’s actually been a bit frustrating to be away for so long," said winger Junior Hoilett. "Especially coming off a win just before the break. The team’s momentum was high so I just can’t wait to get back out there with the boys, get playing again and hopefully get some good results under our belts.

"Especially as we’re the home team, we have to try and be on the front foot. The fans will be the 12th man and give us that extra boost in the remaining games... Now they can help to define our season.

"I always think that we can be positive here at home. We’re confident when we’ve got our fans behind us and, no matter who we are playing, we back ourselves to pick up results."

Ironically, it is motivation that Sarri has often accused Chelsea of lacking at stages this season.

Having drawn Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals, there is already a feeling that the West Londoners' best chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League come via the continent's second-tier competition.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United are ahead in the table, with trips to Liverpool and Old Trafford to come during a fixture-laden April.

Sarri will be encouraged by the form of some of his players while on duty for their countries. Olivier Giroud scored in both of France's wins over Moldova and Iceland to become France's third all-time leading scorer, while Ross Barkley netted twice and contributed an assist in England's win in Montenegro .

The major selection dilemma facing the Italian, however, is whether to give Callum Hudson-Odoi his first Premier League start just over a week after he made his England debut.

The 18-year-old was hugely impressive both coming off the bench against the Czechs and from the start in Montenegro, but Sarri has continually stated that he is not ready for regular first team appearances.