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Sport Predicted Chelsea XI: Cardiff (H)

16:55  14 september  2018
16:55  14 september  2018 Source:

Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1: Hazard hat-trick sees off early scare

  Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1: Hazard hat-trick sees off early scare Maurizio Sarri prolonged his perfect start in the Premier League as Chelsea recovered from an early scare to sweep aside Cardiff City.Chelsea nudged ahead of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table as Eden Hazard's hat-trick helped secure a come-from-behind 4-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday.

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Maurizio Sarri will be preparing his team to face a tricky and robust Cardiff City side this weekend, as Chelsea prepare to welcome the Premier League new boys.

The Blues head into the game looking to continue their fine start to the season, after winning four from four.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for the game with an injury, while Emerson and Davide Zappacosta are also unlikely to feature.

We’ve tried to predict the XI that could start against Cardiff.

Boost for Chelsea as four injured players resume training .
Chelsea have been handed some much-welcome injury news ahead of this weekend’s clash with Liverpool as four players have returned to training. Firstly, Andreas Christensen, who was taken off at Anfield after feeling ill earlier in the week, trained fully on Thursday and he’s in contention to start at centre back if Antonio Rudiger fails the late fitness test that he’s due to take. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will also take a fitness test that will determine if he’s healthy enough to take a place on the Chelsea bench as it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be in consideration to start. Finally, winger Pedro, who injured his shoulder whilst playing in the Europa League last week, returned to training on Thursday and could be in contention to start, although it’s more likely that he’ll be on the bench as he’s lacking match fitness. If Chelsea defeat Liverpool for the second time this week, they’ll leapfrog the Reds in the Premier League table.

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