Match Preview: Cardiff City FC vs Chelsea FC


The Premier League 2013/14 season has reached its climax. On the final day of the season, Chelsea visit the already relegated Cardiff City. This has been a season of transition, a season of trial & error when Jose Mourinho has tried to integrate all the components of the squad and set up for next season. As we approach the final game of the season, let us take a look at all the information we need.

DATE & TIME: May 4, 2014 at 10:00 EST; May 4, 2014 at 15:00 GMT; May 4, 2014 at 15:00 WAT; May 4, 2014 at 16:00 CAT; May 4, 2014 at 17:00 EAT; May 4, 2014 at 19:30 IST.

VENUE: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, England.

TV/STREAMING NEWS: The match will be telecast live on Fox Sports EPL On Demand in Australia, TSN2 in Canada, beIN Sports Arabia 12 HD in Egypt, Star Sports 2 in India, Fox Sports 2 HD in Italy, J Sports 1 in Japan, Astro Supersport 2 in Malaysia, Gol+ Stadium & Liga De Campeones/HD in Spain, beIN Sports Arabia 12 HD in UAE and CNBC in USA.
Chelsea TV will have live audio of the game.
The match is available on NBC Sports Live Extra in USA. You can also catch the game on TalkSport Radio in Canada, UK and USA.

CARDIFF CITY FC SQUAD NEWS: Mark Hudson, Craig Noone and Andrew Taylor will miss the game due to injuries. Cala is suspended.
Predicted Starting XI: Marshall, Théophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Fabio, Medel, Zaha, Mutch, Wittingham, Bellamy, Campbell.

CHELSEA FC SQUAD NEWS: Petr Cech(shoulder), John Terry(thigh), Frank Lampard(illness), Oscar(hip) and Samuel Eto’o are the injury concerns for Jose Mourinho. Ramires is suspended.
Predicted Starting XI: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cahill, Kalas, Cole, Matic, van Ginkel, Salah, Willian, Hazard, Torres.

REFEREE: Michael Oliver.

FORM INDEX: Cardiff – DLWDLL; Chelsea – LWWLWD.


  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in last 5 of their 7 games.
  • Chelsea have conceded the least number of goals(26) and kept the most clean sheets(18) in Premiership this season.
  • If selected, Cesar Azpilicueta will make his 50th Premier League start for the Blues.
  • Branislav Ivanovic is due to play his 50th Chelsea game of the season.

With Manchester City all but winning the title, the contest is rendered pointless. However, Jose Mourinho’s men will look forward to end the season on a high, before the players embark on their journey to World Cup 2014. A slew of Chelsea players are set to play their last game for the club tomorrow and it would be an emotional farewell from the fans to some of their favourite Blues.

From #TeamCFC360, we end our series of match previews for the 2013/14 season  with this one. We sincerely hope you enjoyed the bits & pieces of the pre-game we brought to you. KTBFFH!

  1. fidel says

    I will miss david luiz and Torres.I think they gave their best to Chelsea and made it happen when it mattered most.David will be remembered for his persona and his trademark free kicks-lol,he annoys me so much attimes I just love him.very likeable persona-He will be captain at Barca in no time.Torres is still a world class striker despite his Chelsea nightmare but he did have some moments of shear Magic.I love him and wish him well.hey nino-u got ur UCL and Europa dream hear,remember us with fond memories-U will always be a Chelsea Legend.

    For hazard-hope he stays-He can be the greatest player here(see suarez).jose pls bring in Costa(£38m),lavezzi(£25m),koke(£30m),shar(basel)(£15m),felipe luis(£30m),lallana(£25m),fernando(£28m),john stones(£21m),khedira (£38m)and ross barkley(30m),jackson m(£30m) and balotelli(£20m).

    Van aanholt,lukaku and kurt zouma.

    Sell: Mikel(£15m),Cole,Marin(£9m), Torres(£18m),Luiz(£35m),Eto’o,Ba(£10m), Schurlle(£25m) and Ramires(£22m).

    1. Anonymous says

      Hahaha I need some of the shit you are smoking lol.

  2. charles says

    fidel you are drunk

  3. Juanescobar55 says

    Jajjajaja Jajajajja too funny

  4. miles says

    @fidel I’m surprised by ur comments. Yu are usually more constructivve. How will chelsea afford all those ppl? And sell schurrle too? @ admin, I hope yu will still post articles after the season ends? On transfers and stuff like that. Anyway, luiz, cole, lampard, mikel, torres, Ba, eto, schwarzer…I’m sad if they all leave but I guess its for the best. Pauliho seems like a good buy. Tottenham don’t use him well. I hope our pivot for next season is matic, rami, ginkel, paulinho/khedira( chalobah, ake, baker, cheek). Defence shd be like kalas, iva, azpi, cahill, terry, zouma, van aahnholt. Strikers. Lukaku, costa (brown, feruz, bamford). Daz all. Keeper cech, courtois. I’m sure most chelsea fans will agree with my squad. Piazon on a loan, thorgan on loan. Attacking Midfielders will not be changed.

    1. Matt says

      Good squad. We have young talents on loan all around Europe. It would be nice to get back many of them. But I’m afraid JM prefers experienced players. At the moment we have one of the highest average age of the PL, maybe of Europe.

  5. Zyte says

    @ fidel.hav u forgotten ffp rules.

  6. lalaa says

    our team for next season


    Cavani (50)
    Vidal (40)
    Coentrao (15)
    Lukaku (back from loan)
    Courtois (back from loan)
    Zouma (back from loan)

    mikel (10m)
    Torres (10m)
    Eto’o (contract finishes)
    Cole (contract finishes)
    Ivanovic (10m)
    Moses (8-10m)
    Bertrand (8-1om)
    Marin (8-10m)

  7. ken says

    this game is an opportunity to try out new players

  8. Martin, Norway. says

    That is a good line up for next season@ Lalaa. That is an interesting team out there especially on paper.

  9. Abishaek says

    Hey admin VAN GINKEL won’t play 2day…He’s gone to Netherlands to train with the national team.

  10. Jeff says

    I will miss Torres, David Luiz, Lampard definitely, Cole, Terry and Petr Cech if they all go. No need to describe what the latter four have done for us. Torres hasn’t done what he wanted in goalscoring terms but he’s had great moments for us and his 44 goals have helped in some way, such as the Europa League final goal and the goal against Everton which made us play CL football this season. I hope he can stay with us one more year and fire us to the League title because he’s been awesome in the cups, let’s be honest.

    Cahill got in the TOTS. Dave was consistent ever since he started @ LB against Schalke 04. Rami needs to be better disciplined, he has really been shit and CDM is not his position. We need a new CDM, or just keep Luiz and play him there instead. We have the defence covered because we have Kalas and Ake and others, but we also got Zouma in January.

    It’s been a great season but Jose should rotate more and not be over-reliant on Hazard. We need a CAM for sure and I think we should have never sold Kevin De Bruyne. Mata should have had more chances to prove himself but let’s KTBFFH, trust Mourinho and prepare for next season because this summer he will make his own Chelsea squad like he did in his first season.

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