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Cardiff City vs. Chelsea, Premier League: You choose the starting lineup

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Football’s back. Let there be ... rejoicing? If we’re being honest, I’m a bit apprehensive of the two months ahead.

But, as Eden Hazard likes to say, “we’ll see”.

Chelsea’s top four challenge resumes with what should (“should”) be an easy trip over to Wales. We may not be able to beat mid-table opposition away from home, but surely we can beat relegation zone lurkers Cardiff City, right?

Right?

The Blues have 1 more point than the Blue-birds over the last six games.

Right!

Chelsea have another game coming up on Wednesday (the rescheduled Brighton home match from the Carabao Cup final weekend) and then a bit of Monday Night Football at home against West Ham United. That has to be nine points if we want to finish top four. It’s a good thing we have a well rested and basically fully healthy squad, right?

Right.

Ethan Ampadu and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both were dealing with (minor?) injuries over the break while Davide Zappacosta had been dealing with a bum ankle before the break. Loftus-Cheek and Zappacosta were both pictured in training on Thursday and it’s not like Ampadu was going to play anyway.

Choose wisely.

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