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Cardiff City v Chelsea

29th March 2019, 17:08 by Bobbie Jackson

Cardiff will look to claim their first top-flight win over Chelsea since 1961 when they go head-to-head on Sunday.

The Bluebirds remain hopeful of beating the drop but Sunday’s meeting is unlikely to provide them with much joy.

They did claim a win prior to the international break, beating West Ham 2-0, to end a run of three successive defeats.

Six of their eight victories this season have come at the Cardiff City Stadium but they have failed to claim a single point against top-six opposition.

Neil Warnock has confirmed that utility man Callum Paterson will not feature again this season after picking up an injury on international duty with Scotland.

Sol Bamba is a long-term absentee and Sunday’s engagement comes too soon for fellow defender Jazz Richards.

Chelsea lost 2-0 to Everton last time out and are without a win in two after also being held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves.

Games away from home have proved troublesome for the Blues in 2019, losing four of five and failing to score in each of those defeats.

But Maurizio Sarri will be confident of improving on that record when they head to Wales.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu are being monitored after missing international duty with England and Wales respectively.

Callum Hudson-Odoi could earn his first Premier League start after catching the eye with some impressive performances for England.

Cardiff’s most recent victory over Chelsea came back in October 1986 when they clashed at Ninian Park in the League Cup.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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