E Hazard (37, 44, 80 pen),Willian (83)
S Bamba (16)
Chelsea vs Cardiff
3:00pm Saturday 15th September
WATCH: CHELSEA 4-1 CARDIFF
SO SAR, SO GOOD...
CHELSEA 4-1 CARDIFF
90: Four minutes of stoppage time.
87: Cardiff believe they should have a penalty when Paterson is brought to ground inside the box. The substitute arrows a header towards the near post which Kepa claws away, but when he goes to chase down the rebound he falls over Luiz who is down on the floor. Penalty? Maybe. Given? No.
GOAL! CHELSEA 4-1 CARDIFF (Willian 83)
Another lovely goal from Chelsea, but this time it's Willian's individual quality which does it. Alonso works it inside from the left, and the Brazilian takes a good first touch before curling it inside the far post.
GOAL! CHELSEA 3-1 CARDIFF (Hazard pen 80)
Hazard sends Etheridge the wrong way from the spot, smashing it low into the right-hand corner.
CHELSEA 2-1 CARDIFF
79: PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Bamba clatters into the back of Willian who is going away from goal in the Cardiff box. It's a brainless challenge, and it's a clear penalty.
77: SUB! Madine is on and in search of his first Premier League goal, for Ward - who scored his first against Arsenal last weekend.
74: Still no chances at either end but Barkley's performance is worth a mention since he came on. He's moved the ball very well in the final third and linked up play nicely. Nothing fancy, nothing to steal the headlines, but playing well.
71: SUB! Reid's race is run too, after a hard-working performance from the former Bristol City man. He's replaced by Paterson.
68: SUB! Pedro won't be making up for his misses this afternoon, he's off for Willian.
67: CLOSE! Reid is close to netting his first Cardiff goal but drags his shot just wide. He does excellently well to turn Luiz after a good first touch, and looks for the far corner with a low effort which is just beyond the far stick.
62: MISS! Pedro is off-target again, but at least it's a decent effort from him this time. Kante bundles his way past a couple of challenges and looks for his team-mate on the left, he gives Morrison the eyes and shimmies inside him but then on his right shoots past the near post.
60: Chelsea have improved, but it's still Cardiff looking the better so far since half-time at Stamford Bridge. No chances for either side since that Ralls miss.
55: Believe it or not, Cardiff are controlling possession at Stamford Bridge since half-time. Chelsea haven't really clicked into gear, and are giving the ball away sloppily inside their own half.
52: MISS! Ralls fires wide with a fizzing low shot after a long throw from the right is only half-cleared into his path. Cardiff starting the second half well.
50: SUB! Kovacic is forced off when he gets a whack on the leg, and Barkley will come on to replace him. A tough week for the Croatian, whose national side were thumped 6-0 by Spain in midweek.
48: Cardiff starting the second half with the intensity they started the first. You just worry for them pushing forward after half-time, as Chelsea are in the mood to punish them this afternoon.
46: KICK-OFF! Chelsea restart the game after half-time.
SUB! Change at the break for Cardiff. Richards replaces Arter.
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HT: A difficult start for Chelsea ends in normal service being resumed and the Blues on course to keep up their 100-per-cent record thanks to a Hazard double.
Bamba's finish wasn't the only chance Cardiff carved out before the break, but with the hosts in front at the break you'll get far wider odds than that 18/1 pre-match on them getting an unlikely victory now.
45+1: OVER! Morrison rises highest at the far post, beating Luiz and Azpilicueta to the ball, and gets the direction on his header but not the precision, nodding it over from eight yards.
45+1: CORNER! They've just had one cleared away, and now Cardiff have another corner as we enter injury time... It's going to be swung in from the Cardiff left...
CHELSEA 2-1 CARDIFF (Hazard 44)
Chelsea's one-touch passing is at it again, and Hazard is at it again. A quickly-taken free-kick is moved out to the left where Pedro cuts it back to Giroud. The ball is behind the Frenchman so he smartly uses his first touch to pick out Hazard, who is better placed to shoot, and he finishes from close-range to put the hosts in front.
CHELSEA 1-1 CARDIFF
41: Arter is back on his feet after taking a whack and staying down for a few moments - Roy Keane won't like that. The respite might be quite nice for Cardiff though, who are back defending again when play restarts.
GOAL! CHELSEA 1-1 CARDIFF (Hazard 37)
Hazard pulls Chelsea level, and it's a marvellous, marvellous move from the hosts. He starts the move in midfield, a number of one-touch passes end with Giroud returning the ball into the path of his run and he finishes on his right into the bottom corner beyond Etheridge from the edge of the box. Brilliant.
CHELSEA 0-1 CARDIFF
36: MISS! Pedro's third chance of the day, and his worst one yet. Chelsea really pile the pressure on Cardiff down the right, and Azpilicueta's cut-back to the forward who's unmarked and in space is spooned miles over.
33: Chelsea are well on top of this now. Cardiff have been bitten trying to close them down, so they're sitting off and the Blues are waiting to pick them off. Pedro has space 20 yards out to shoot and his effort doesn't quite dip enough, and goes over.
31: OVER! Alonso steps up but curls it a yard or so wide, and similarly high, of the top corner.
31: FREE-KICK! Very inviting position for Chelsea as Arter gives away a free-kick on the edge of the box, about three quarters of the way across on the right, from that corner. Hazard and Alonso are over it...
30: CORNER! Azpilicueta fizzes an excellent ball around Hoilett and towards the middle, where Giroud is ready to tap-in if it reaches him but it's cleared behind.
28: Ward is down after getting a little hand in the face from Rudiger as he returned to ground when jumping for a header, but you'd struggle to say it's intentional. We've just seen the goal back - really poor from Jorginho to lose Bamba like that, if he was his man at all. Bit of a miss-match if so.
26: Free-kick to Chelsea in a decent position, but they'd rather keep it on the floor and get play back underway quickly than get anyone up from the back. A lot of their attacks are coming through Alonso, and he spots Pedro down the line before the latter's cross lands on the top of the net.
24: MISS! Alonso lands a lovely cross-field ball at the feet of Pedro on the right of the box. He turns inside onto his left, and bends it just beyond the far post. Great pass and a decent shot.
20: This is the first time Chelsea have been behind all season and they're still looking a little bit shaky. It takes several attempts for Jorginho to get the ball off Reid, and when he does it rolls into Hoilett's path, and only a sliding dive from Azpilicueta wins it back or things would have been looking very dangerous.
17: SAVES! Etheridge is already earning his wage today, stopping first from Pedro within seconds of the restart, and then again moments later when Giroud's superb backheel slips the ball into the path of Kovacic, and the Cardiff goalkeeper spreads himself wide to stop him levelling.
GOAL! CHELSEA 0-1 CARDIFF (Bamba 16)
They've started well, and now they're in front! A free-kick is played forward and Morrison wins the first ball, heads it towards the six-yard box and Bamba is there to finish beyond Kepa. It's exactly how Cardiff got so much joy against Arsenal last weekend - Chelsea haven't learned.
CHELSEA 0-0 CARDIFF
12: CLOSE! Cardiff win themselves another corner, which Ralls floats in to the back post. Bamba rises but doesn't direct his header well, and it drops wide of the goalframe.
9: WIDE! Hazard waits for Alonso to make an underlapping run, finds him and his reverse pass is fired wide of the near post by Giroud. A bit of chasing shadows from Cardiff in the past few minutes.
8: Some quick stuff from Chelsea nearly gets them in. Hazard cuts in off the left, fizzes a low pass to Kante whose first touch (possibly accidentally) flicks up for Giroud. He nods it on towards Pedro, but it's too close for Etheridge who gathers before he can get there.
6: OVER! Chelsea are given space down the right to get forward, and Pedro flicks a ball over which drops nicely for Giroud, but he gets underneath it and heads just over the bar.
4: CORNER! A bright start at Stamford Bridge for Cardiff. Very, very bright in fact. Camarasa moves it right to Manga, and his delivery is caught but taken out of play by Kepa. Cardiff's corner is then only half-cleared, and finally knocked long when Kovacic lays it back to Kepa.
1: KICK-OFF! Cardiff get us started at Stamford Bridge with Arter in the centre-circle.
We're going 4/1, from 3/1 that Eden Hazard scores first while Danny Ward to score first is 22/1.
WHO'S IN THE MIDDLE?
Jon Moss is your referee at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, and has just led Chelsea and Cardiff out onto the pitch. Last time he was in charge of the Blues, they lost 2-0 to Manchester City at Wembley in the Charity Shield. Bad omen? Well we're about to find out...
THE MAGIC MAN'S PREDICTION
We'll leave the last word before the teams head out to Paul Merson, and here's his view on how this afternoon will pan out...
"Cardiff will cause problems from set-pieces but will they get enough of the ball? Chelsea have been excellent going forward. Cardiff will not be able to live with Eden Hazard - he's just so good."
PAUL PREDICTS: 4-0 (12/1 with Sky Bet)
HOPE FOR CARDIFF?
You can get Cardiff at a whopping 18/1 to win at Stamford Bridge this afternoon with our friends at Sky Bet, but odds are there to be upset and a victory would lift Neil Warnock's men into mid-table with five games gone.
In Warnock's two previous Premier League seasons, it took seven games for his Sheffield United side to register their first win, at Crystal Palace in 2014 it was their fifth, and with QPR in 2011 he did it at the second time of asking. So it's par for the course so far, it's fair to say.
DID YOU KNOW?
Chelsea have scored in the last 10 minutes of all their four Premier League games so far this season. So if they need a late goal, don't bet against the Blues...
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