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Chelsea: Predicted line-up against Cardiff

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Currently lying third in the Premier League behind Arsenal and Liverpool, a Chelsea squad heavily involved in midweek international matches face a potentially tricky home fixture against Cardiff City this weekend.

Here's how the Blues could line-up on Saturday.

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Unsurprisingly ever-present in the Blues' Premier League campaign so far. Although a number of 'untouchable' first-team stars are likely to be given a breather this weekend, the reliable Czech is almost certain to retain his place between the sticks.

Right-back: Branislav Ivanovic

Arguably Chelsea's best player at this early stage of the season, the 29-year-old has started in every league fixture.

Impenetrable in defence and offering a serious threat at set-pieces, 'Iva' has left second-string right-back Cesar Azpilicueta with little hope of pushing for the right-back berth for the time being.

Centre-back: John Terry

Another member of Mourinho's seemingly automatic selections, JT's unwavering commitment to the Chelsea cause has earned him a full 90 minutes every week since the opening day of Premier League season.

As an added bonus, the Blues' captain should be fresh and ready for the weekend after being afforded the luxury of putting his feet up during the international break.

Centre-back: David Luiz

Like Terry, the Brazilian will be raring to go after enjoying a relatively easy period over the international break, and could be handed a start in place of Gary Cahill, who played 90 minutes for England against both Montenegro and Poland midweek.

Left-back: Ryan Bertrand

With Cole ruled out of England's pivotal World Cup qualifier against Poland due to a rib injury, Mourinho could be tempted to ensure his first-choice left-back is fully-fit for the testy Champions League encounter away to Schalke next Tuesday.

In consequence, this may provide an opportunity for his capable understudy, Ryan Bertrand, to once again demonstrate his potential to succeed the England veteran long-term for both club and country.

Holding midfield: Frank Lampard

Unlike the majority of his midfield peers, Frank only played a combined total of 84 minutes for his national side over the past seven days, so he should be fresh enough to continue his run of appearances under Jose Mourinho.

Holding midfield: Ramires

Ramires casually featured for 45 minutes in each of Brazil's friendly matches against South Korea and Zambia during the week, so the supremely energetic midfielder will be bouncing off the walls to resume club duty.

Mourinho has fielded the former Benfica star in every Premier League fixture to date this campaign, and the Portuguese boss appears set on pairing him and Lampard as his preferred holding midfield duo.

Right midfield: André Schürrle

The Germany international is yet to find the net for his new club, but having scored a spectacular second-half hat-trick against Sweden last night, this could be his weekend.

Schürrle has fluffed his lines in the face of clear-cut chances on numerous occasions this season, but it will difficult for Mourinho to ignore the clinical edge he showed over the international break. 

Left midfield: Eden Hazard

Hazard has looked sharp but is yet to fully spring into life this campaign – but when he does kick into gear, Chelsea will be difficult to stop. Subsequently, the young Belgian, when healthy, must be given every opportunity to find his best form.

Attacking midfield: Oscar

Even a heart-warming patch-up between Juan Mata and Mourinho is unlikely to warrant Brazil's two-goal hero a place on the bench this weekend.

Despite missing out on a full 90-minute showing in both fixtures, the 22-year-old bagged a goal each of the Seleçao's exhibition matches against South Korea and Zambia.

Striker: Demba Ba

With Chelsea's sharpest striker Fernando Torres currently on the sidelines with knee injury and Samuel Eto'o still adjusting to the physical rigours of the Premier League, the Senegalese looks the best bet to become the first striker to score for Mourinho's side this season.

Not a happy thought for the Blues faithful seeing as Ba has only scored two league goals for the club since joining in January 2013.

Who would you pick to start for Chelsea against Cardiff this weekend? Share your line-up in the comments section.

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