Kick-off: 1500, 15/09/2018
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea continued their impressive start to the season by beating Bournemouth 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to make it four wins on the bounce.
Cardiff produced their best performance since promotion back to the top flight in going down 3-2 to Arsenal at the Cardiff City Stadium.
But we start our Chelsea vs Cardiff betting tips by plumping for the home side to win to nil at 3/4.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Eden Hazard was on target for the second successive game to help Chelsea wrap up three points against the Cherries following Pedro’s opener.
The Belgium international scored his first goal of the season in the 2-1 win at Newcastle the previous week, having made two eye-catching substitute appearances.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Watford are the three remaining teams with 100 per cent starts and the Blues were crowned champions in four of the five previous seasons in which they won their first four games.
But head coach Maurizio Sarri is refusing to look too far ahead, saying: “I think now for us it’s better to think of the next match. Because the gap at the beginning was 30 points. I think it’s very difficult to cover this gap in only one season.
“I’m very happy with the four matches, but I think only, starting from now, to the next match, not to the end of the season. I’m very happy with 12 points in four matches. But I always think we can do more. We can improve.”
We cannot see anything other than a routine home victory here so let’s add 2-0 at 21/4 as another Chelsea vs Cardiff prediction.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Hazard, Willian, Morata.
Cesc Fabregas is fit again following a knee injury, but may not be considered by Sarri just yet.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is struggling with a shin problem, although he has featured sparingly for Chelsea this season, while Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta (both illness) are doubts.
A Look At Cardiff’s Betting Odds
Cardiff remain without a win but they at least managed to score their first league goals of the season after a five-goal thriller against the Gunners.
Victor Camarasa and Danny Ward grabbed equalisers for Cardiff after Shkodran Mustafi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck, before Alexandre Lacazette’s winner with nine minutes left.
The Bluebirds have claimed just two points from their first four league games, but manager Neil Warnock was heartened by the performance.
He said: “I was very proud of them. We aren’t good enough to park the bus, we would have lost 1, 2 or 3-0, so we decided to have a go. I can’t fault the effort from our players.
“It was old-fashioned stuff, we attacked when we could. We had a lot of plans that came off. I would take 0-0 every time, but I would rather enjoy watching my team. That’s how football should be – it can be too negative at times.”
Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bamba, Arter, Ralls, Reid, Camarasa, Ward, Hoilett.
Josh Murphy faces a late fitness test, having been troubled by a slight hamstring problem over the last fortnight, with Warnock again expected to link Bobby Reid and Danny Ward in attack.
Aron Gunnarsson is still nursing a knee problem after missing international duty with Iceland and is unlikely to be risked.
CHELSEA 2-0 Bournemouth – Pedro, Hazard
CARDIFF 2-3 Arsenal– Camarasa, Ward
Head-to-head: Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff, Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff, Cardiff 2-1 Chelsea, Cardiff 3-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Cardiff
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