With Cardiff City already being relegated, when the players hear the kick off whistle, they will just be playing for pride. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lead his team into the final day of the match, he will already be looking forward to bringing his side back into England’s top flight football league. His side have only picked up 30 points this campaign as they will join both Fulham and Norwich in the Championship next season. For the final game, Solsjaer could make up to three changes to his side that faced Newcastle last weekend. Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Gary Medel look to start the final game with Declan John and Jordan Mutch both making way. Bellamy may also get a starting place this time after coming on at the half time mark in their previous game while Aron Gunnarsson could be the one to make way. Mats Daeli could start on the bench after recovering from illness while Craig Noone will miss the match through injury.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Matic, Schurrle, Willian, Hazard, Eto’o
Chelsea’s 0-0 draw last week against Norwich confirmed that their title race was over and all that they can achieve now is a second place slot should Liverpool lose on the final day. A majority of slip up against smaller clubs in the league cost them a first place finish as Jose Mourinho will just want to end this year’s campaign on a high. The manager should make only one change in his defensive line, replacing Ashley Cole who played last week with Cesar Azpilicueta. In midfield, Eden Hazard who started on the bench and came on as a second half substitute will likely start ahead of Mohamed Salah and in attack, Demba Ba could possibly be replaced by Samuel Eto’o. Petr Cech will surely miss the final match through injury along with Ramires who is serving a ban. Oscar is still a doubt as he is currently nursing a hip injury.
Cardiff 1-3 Chelsea
— The Blues™ (@dedi03_) May 8, 2014
Looking forward to Cardiff’s game on Sunday against Chelsea, as we are now relegated I hope Jose puts out a strong team.
— Gareth Ali (@garethdarthali) May 8, 2014
chelsea to lose to Cardiff please
— (@adamustaa) May 7, 2014
An early David Luiz mix up in front of goal gave Cardiff the lead, but a strong fight back from Chelsea turned the game around finishing with a 4-1 victory for the Blues.
Eden Hazard looks to put all his current drama behind him in the final game of the Premier League and show just how good he really is. The Belgian winger could add to his 14 goal and 10 assist tally if he bring back his early season form.
Cardiff City vs. Chelsea: An Alternative Preview
Cardiff City have not beaten Chelsea at home in the league since February 1963, drawing one and losing four since.
Samuel Eto’o scored his first Premier League goal in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.
Eto’o is yet to score away from home in any competition for the Blues, with all 12 of his goals for Chelsea coming at Stamford Bridge.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won just three of his 17 Premier League games in charge of Cardiff City, one fewer than predecessor Malky Mackay won in his 18 games as manager (4).
Cardiff City have failed to score in more games than any other Premier League side this season (19), while Chelsea have kept the most clean sheets (18).
Chelsea have won 79 points in 37 games this season and regardless of the result in this match, it’ll be Jose Mourinho’s lowest points tally while in charge of a full season at the Blues.
Chelsea have conceded a league-low 10 goals in the first half of matches this season.
Cardiff City have scored fewer first half goals than any other Premier League side in 2013-14 (9).
Frank Lampard has scored against 38 different clubs in the Premier League; a record that he shares with Andrew Cole. He is yet to score against Cardiff City in the competition, however.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League games to be played on a Sunday, winning 13 and drawing two.