Cardiff v Chelsea: Cardiff 7/1 to end season on high
Chelsea will look to end a disappointing end to the season on a high when they take on relegated Cardiff in Wales on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s men crashed out at home to Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Champions league and they followed up that result with a 0-0 draw with Norwich, a result that ended their hopes of winning the title.
The results ensured that for the second season running Mourinho will end the season without a trophy.
Mourinho’s woes were compounded further midweek when he was fined £10,000 by the Football Association on Thursday in relation to comments he made after the home loss to Sunderland.
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The clash with Cardiff could be a farewell party for a number of players with the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole coming to the end of their deals in the summer and Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and John Obi Mikel tipped to leave in the summer.
The suspended Ramires will definitely miss out while Petr Cech will also watch from the side-lines after he had an operation on his shoulder injury midweek.
Midfielder Oscar, named in Brazil’s squad for the World cup during the week, will also miss out as he struggles with a hip injury.
Cardiff meanwhile will be without defender Juan Cala due to suspension, however Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Gary Medel should return after they missed the defeat to Newcastle with illness.
The 3-0 loss against the Magpies sealed their fate and made it just one win in their last 8 games.
Twelve months ago the Welsh side were celebrating promotion and the jubilation which carried over into a 3-2 win over Champions-elect Manchester City in the opening match has long since passed after a season of struggles.
Just like at Chelsea, Cardiff too could be saying goodbye to a number of their stars with the likes of Medel, Steven Caulker and goalkeeper David Marshall catching the eye this term.
While keeping them trio could appear key to any successful promotion bid, Bluebird boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was tight lipped about the trio’s future.
“I will do my best to keep hold of the most important players. That job has already started.
“The ones who will be here will have to have the character, as in the Championship you cannot turn up and just go through the motions.