Statistics suggest this Premier League encounter could have 0-0 written all over it.
Rivalries traditionally exist between neighbours… the more published accounts of footballing dust-ups have local pride at stake, as is the case of whenever Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur, or Chelsea and Fulham, or more regionally, Sunderland and Newcastle United.
However, some develop because of other factors. Chelsea against Cardiff City is one of those and was perhaps enhanced after a 2010 street altercation that saw 24 men sentenced for various violent acts following an FA Cup match. Ten of those found guilty were adjudged to have committed violent disorder, while the others were found guilty of public disorder. All, though, were banned from football grounds for between three and eight years.
The two clubs collide once more, this time in a Premier League environment, but back in the part of town of the 2010 quarrel - west London, in Chelsea's Stamford Bridge manor.
Hopefully action will be legal and restricted to the pitch on Saturday at 15:00 local time, however, statistics indicate that this fixture could become a bore draw…
- Chelsea have scored exactly two goals in each of their last eight home matches in the Premier League
- Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall has made more saves than any other Barclays Premier League goalkeeper this season (31)
- Chelsea are one of only two sides (along with Stoke City) for whom a striker has not scored a Barclays Premier League goal this season
What do you think the score will be at Stamford Bridge on Saturday? Will one of Chelsea striker's manage to score a goal? Can Marshall keep his sheet clean? Let us know in the comment section below…
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