Picking the Best Potential Cardiff Lineup to Face Chelsea on Saturday

Picking the Best Potential Cardiff Lineup to Face Chelsea on Saturday

Cardiff City will make the trip to London to face the 2016/17 Premier League winners Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but are rank outsiders to get the win.

Neil Warnock's side will go into the game after a slow and frustrating start to the season with only two points from their first four games back in the top flight, and will be hungry to get their first win sooner rather than later.

Travelling to Stamford Bridge is one of the toughest tests in the league, but many positives were taken after a solid performance on home soil against Arsenal that almost saw them take a point had it not been for a late goal from Alexandre Lacazette.

Here's how the Bluebirds are expected to start at Stamford Bridge.

3. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Picking the Best Potential Cardiff Lineup to Face Chelsea on Saturday

Neil Etheridge (GK): After playing in League One just two seasons ago, the shot stopper continues to settle into life at the highest level. The 28-year-old has kept two clean sheets so far and will require a big performance to keep out the Chelsea frontline.

Bruno Ecuele Manga (RB): The Gabon defender was an integral part to the Bluebirds' promotion push last season, the 30-year-old will expected to come back into the side against Chelsea.

Sol Bamba (CB): Warnock made an extraordinary statement by backing him as a better defender than Virgil van Dijk. He possesses great power and aerial ability that could combat the likes of Olivier Giroud.

Sean Morrison (CB): Proven to be a leader and an individual that keeps the back four in check. The Bluebirds will need their captain to be in top form when kick-off comes round.

Joe Bennett (LB): After cementing himself as the starting right back for the club, Bennett will be looking to keep Chelsea's right side busy with defensive duties.

2. Midfielders

Picking the Best Potential Cardiff Lineup to Face Chelsea on Saturday

Joe Ralls (CDM): His defensive duties against the likes of Arsenal and Huddersfield Town have merited huge praise from the Cardiff faithful, and is expected to play in a similar role once more.

Victor Camarasa (RM): Could play out wide due to absences in midfield. The Spaniard will in for a tough test against the likes of Marcos Alonso and Eden Hazard.

Callum Paterson (CM): With John Murphy being a doubt and a deep Cardiff setup expected, the Scotsman could be moved into midfield to mute the energetic Chelsea middle men.

Harry Arter (CM): After picking up plenty of Premier League experience during his time with Bournemouth, Arter's ability to switch patient play and turn it into a lively buzz will help his side going forward.

Junior Hoilett (LM): A must-start. Previously of Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers, his pace and crossing ability will help his side, but his defensive duties covering the full back will be required for the majority of the afternoon.

1. Forwards

Picking the Best Potential Cardiff Lineup to Face Chelsea on Saturday

Danny Ward (ST): Expected to start after getting on the score sheet against Arsenal before the international break. Kenneth Zohore has had a difficult time in front of goal so far this season and has only completed 90 minutes once this season.

Neil Warnock will need to make the decision as to which attacker would suit best up top, and that individual will more than likely be isolated throughout. Ward's goal against Arsenal would make him the favourite to start in a bid to keep his momentum going.

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