Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta are likely to return to the starting line-up as Chelsea FC travel to Wales to face Cardiff City in their last match.
Chelsea travel to Wales to face Cardiff City in the final game of their season as they look to end their season on a high. The London club still has a slim chance of finishing second in the Premier League if Liverpool lose their match against Newcastle United, and they manage to win at the Cardiff City stadium.
Jose Mourinho has some injury concerns ahead of this game as their injury list has grown considerably in the past few weeks. Petr Cech continues his spell at the side-lines, while Oscar, who has missed Chelsea’s last four matches, remains doubtful with his thigh injury. Frank Lampard, who was substituted at the end of the first half against Norwich City, is ill and Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the England international is not in a condition to travel to Wales.
“Frank Lampard is ill, he’s in bed. If today Frank is in bed I don’t think he will come tomorrow with conditions to travel.” – The Chelsea manager said.
Samuel Eto’o, whose last appearance was in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid, has picked up an injury in training, along with John Terry and the duo is unlikely to start against Cardiff, Mourinho has revealed.
“Frank Lampard is ill, he’s in bed, If today Frank is in bed I don’t think he will come tomorrow with conditions to travel.” – Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference.
Ramires is the other absentee as he serves his suspension, which is extended into next season. Jose Mourinho is expected to make four changes to the side that he fielded against Norwich City. Tomas Kalas could make another start in place of injured John Terry, while Cesar Azpilicueta will replace Ashley Cole at left back.
In the midfield, Frank Lampard, who is unlikely to travel, will make way for David Luiz, who will partner Nemanja Matic in the pivot. Mohamed Salah produced a fairly disappointing performance against Norwich before he was replaced, he will make way for Eden Hazard, who started on the bench after a reported spat with Mourinho. Willian will start through the middle with Andre Schurrle shifting to the right wing.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer (GK); Ivanovic, Cahill, Kalas, Azpilicueta; Matic, Luiz; Schurrle, Willian, Hazard; Ba