CONFIRMED: Cardiff City & Chelsea line-ups

Here is how Cardiff City and Chelsea will line up for this afternoon’s match:

Cardiff City starting XI: Marshall, Fabio, Caulker, Turner, John, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Whittingham, Daehli, Bellamy, Campbell

Subs: Lewis, Eikrem, Cowie, McNaughton, Berget, James, Healey

Chelsea starting XI: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Kalas, Cole, Mikel, Matic, Oscar, Salah, Hazard, Torres

Subs: Hilario, Cahill, Ake, Luiz, Swift, Schurrle, Ba

Chelsea could still finish second this season, but that is not the end to the campaign Jose Mourinho and his players would have wanted just a few short weeks ago.

A series of set-backs on the pitch mean the Blues will end the season trophy-less, but they are building a young side who are not likely to be out of the reckoning for long.

Cardiff City, on the other hand, are facing up to at least one season back in the second-tier, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment not the master-stroke Vincent Tan would have hoped.

Chelsea have won the last two meetings between the two clubs 4-1, and they are unbeaten in their last five league games against today’s hosts.

The Bluebirds have conceded seven goals in their last two matches and failed to score in either, so they will be hoping to give their fans something to cheer about this afternoon, before the rebuilding process begins in earnest.

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