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Cardiff City v Chelsea

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29 Mar 2019
Cesar Azpilicueta v Junior Hoilett

Cardiff City could climb out of the relegation zone with a second successive win, face a sixth-placed Chelsea side looking for their first PL victory in three matches.

Team news

Callum Paterson (ankle ligaments) and Sol Bamba (knee ligaments) are out for the rest of the season. Matthew Connolly (dislocated ankle) is also sidelined for Cardiff.

Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns but will monitor Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Davide Zappacosta (both knocks).

Did you know?

Cardiff have won 71 per cent of their Premier League points this season in home matches, with 20 out of 28. Only Fulham have a higher percentage, with 88 per cent.

Neil Warnock has faced Chelsea four times at home in the top flight, each time with a different club. He won in 1991/92 and 2010/11 with Notts County and QPR, and lost in 2006/07 and 2014/15 with Sheffield United and Crystal Palace.

Chelsea have won all three of their PL matches against the Bluebirds, triumphing 2-1 in their only previous trip to the Cardiff City Stadium in May 2014.

All three of Gonzalo Higuain's PL goals for the Blues have come against teams in the relegation zone, after a brace against Huddersfield Town and a strike against Fulham.

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Richard West
Fourth official: Andre Marriner

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