Friday, November 16, 2018

Prediction: Chelsea vs Cardiff

Verdict: Pedro to score anytime

Best Odds: 7/5

Bookmaker: Bet365

Enjoying a very impressive start to the new season, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side will be hoping to make it four wins on the bounce when they welcome newly-promoted Cardiff to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea

Starting with the hosts, although they went through a messy break-up with Antonio Conte, former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has started to heal those wounds. Coming off the back of a 2-0 win over Bournemouth prior to the international break, Chelsea are one of just three teams who have won their opening four Premier League matches. It will be their form in the final third that is most impressing the fans at Stamford Bridge, already scoring 10 times entering September, only Manchester City hold a better attacking record. With Eden Hazard returning from a Bronze medal finish at the World Cup with Belgium, their talisman already has two already in the new campaign. However, one man who is really enjoying a resurge under Sarri is former Barcelona winger Pedro. Finding the net against The Cherries last time out, the 31-year-old already has three in his opening four and sits second in the Premier League goalscoring charts.

Team News

Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a knee injury, but Sarri has a fit squad to choose from aside from the Spanish midfielder.

Cardiff

As for the visitors, while Cardiff came within 10 minutes of taking a point off of Arsenal, it has been a very sluggish start to the new season for The Bluebirds. With many fans questioning their lack of activity in the transfer window, it is their form in the final third that is one of the biggest concerns for Neil Warnock. Along with crashing out of the League Cup and shipping three goals against Championship strugglers Norwich, Cardiff have also failed to score a single goal on the road this year. Highlighted by a very lackluster 0-0 draw with Huddersfield in their last away matchup, it is no surprise to see that The Bluebirds are the bookies favorite for the drop.

Team News

Neil Warnock will be hoping that Iceland international Aron Gunnarsson has time to recover from a knee injury.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Chelsea are only of just three teams to win their opening four Premier League games, along with Liverpool and Watford
  • Former Barcelona man Pedro already has three goals at the start of the new campaign.
  • Cardiff have failed to find the net in three of their four opening Premier League games.
  • The Blues have won their last three meetings against Cardiff, scoring 10 times.
  • Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard has also started the new season brightly scoring two in his last two.

Conclusion

Two sides who are enduring very different starts to the new season, it is incredibly hard to see The Bluebirds pulling off a seismic upset. With Neil Warnock’s side now shipping three goals against both Norwich and Arsenal at the back end of last month, in-form Chelsea winger Pedro should be relishing the chance to add to his impressive tally. With Chelsea already scoring 10 goals already this season, we’re backing the former Barcelona man to find the net at anytime.

Verdict: Pedro to score anytime

Best Odds: 7/5

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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