BBC Sport pundit gives his prediction for Cardiff v Chelsea FC

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Chelsea FC's trip to Cardiff City in the Premier League on Sunday

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Sunday.

The Blues suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park before the international break to damage their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.

Chelsea FC currently find themselves in sixth place in the Premier League table as they look to try and claw their way back into the top four before the season is out.

The west London side have struggled with some patchy form over the last few weeks to leave their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League in doubt.

The Blues have lost two and drawn one of their last five Premier League games to leave them three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures.

However, former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing the Blues to bounce back to winning ways by beating Cardiff City away from home this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Cardiff have not played since they beat West Ham on 9 March and, at home, they always give it a go.

“Chelsea collapsed against Everton last time out, and I don’t think Blues boss Mauricio Sarri has grasped what English football is like yet.

“Yes, his side had dominated in the first half at Goodison Park but they did not score.

“Sarri was probably not expecting Everton to come out and play as well as they did in the second half, but this is the Premier League and that is why it is different to La Liga and Serie A – here, if you don’t punish teams when you are on top, there is always the chance that will happen.

“I would still back Chelsea to win on Sunday, though. Sarri has got a lot of quality in his side and, if they are at it in these kind of games, they tend to win.”

Chelsea FC will take on Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals starting next month.

The Blues could still seal Champions League qualification by winning Europe’s second-tier competition this season.

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