By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 15th September 2018
- Saturday, September 15th
- Kickoff: 3pm
- Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea vs Cardiff City predictions: odds and team news
Mauricio Sarri’s men are favourites to win at 2/13 for William Hill’s Chelsea vs Cardiff City odds, with the Bluebirds tipped at 16/1, and a draw priced at 6/1.
Chelsea have been ruthless this season under Sarri with four wins out of four.
They have impressed offensively, but also defensively through the inclusion of both N’Golo Kante and summer recruit Jorginho – both have tightened up Chelsea’s midfield and should be a feature against Cardiff.
Meanwhile Cardiff will have to have their wits about them if they are to contain this formidable Chelsea attack. They will need an attacking outlet and Kenneth Zahore could be it. The second instillation of our Chelsea vs Cardiff City predictions show that he is tipped to score at 16/1, but he may only get a few chances in front of goal.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Cardiff City 0-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City
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Free betting tips: Chelsea vs Cardiff City predictions
Predicted score: Chelsea to win 3-0 – odds @ 11/2
Chelsea have won 10 of their last 12 league meetings with Cardiff. Combining this with the attacking assets they possess in Alvaro Morata and co, it could be a long afternoon for the Bluebirds.
To make matters worse, whilst Cardiff may be able to shore up defensively, they will struggle to instigate their own attacks. The likely outcome will be that they will try to counter in search of goals but will leave too many gaps in behind for Chelsea to exploit.
Best bet: Hazard first goalscorer, betting @ 16/5
The Belgian has impressed in each of Chelsea’s opening games. Hazard has scored 2 goals in four games, capped by brilliant performances. It would be no shock for him to find himself on the scoresheet in the early moments of the game.
First scorer: Pedro to score odds @ 11/10
Chelsea attacker Pedro has scored three goals in his last four games. If he is picked by Sarri, then he will add an extra dimension to their attack.
The Spaniard often finds himself in the box and has heavily improved on his form, and we are tipping the Spaniard to pose a threat on the counter if he features.
Chelsea vs Cardiff City stats: Powered by Opta
- Chelsea have lost one of their last 57 home PL games against newly-promoted opposition. They have won 42, drawn eight and only lost one.
- Cardiff have hit the target with only eight goal attempts this season, which is fewer than any other Premier League side
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.