Chelsea will host Cardiff City on Saturday at Stamford Bridge as the Blues look to keep their solid home record.
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Striker Fernando Torres could return from a knee injury he suffered during the last round of the Champions League. The Spaniard's return is crucial given that Chelsea are one of only two Premier League sides for whom a striker has not scored a league goal this season.
However, manager Jose Mourinho will still be without defender Ashley Cole and winger Andre Schurrle due to injury. Cole is expected to be replaced by Ryan Bertrand.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech is expected to make his 300th Chelsea appearance between the pipes. Cech will be the third Chelsea player to reach that milestone after Frank Lampard and John Terry.
Cardiff City will be without striker Andreas Cornelius due to injury. The Danish international has been sidelined since the Capital One Cup win against Accrington in August.
Manager Malky Mackay may again decide to choose Peter Odemwingie over Craig Bellamy in attack, while Jordon Mutch is in contention for a midfield berth.
Cardiff faces a Chelsea side that has won 10 and drawn once in their last 11 Premier League home games. Recent events also don't prove encouraging. The last time the two clubs met was three years ago in the fifth round of the FA Cup, where Chelsea were 4-1 winners.
Still, a 3-2 win over Manchester City and an unlucky last minute defeat to Tottenham Hotspur has showed others in the top flight that Mackay's side are more than capable of competing with the bigger teams in the league.
One comfort for Cardiff's backline is that keeper David Marshall has made more saves than any other Premier League goalkeeper this season with 31. The team also have a better percentage of possession 54 percent away from home than they do while playing in front of home fans 40 percent.
Kick off for the match is at 10:00 a.m. ET and can be watched online here.