Cardiff City vs. Chelsea: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Signing off with a bonanza of fixtures, the final week of the 2013-14 Premier League season will come to a close this Sunday with all teams kicking off their final 90 minutes at 3 p.m. BST.

Having drawn 0-0 at home to Norwich City last weekend, Chelsea travel to the Welsh capital with nothing left to play for, while relegated Cardiff City will savour what will be their last top-flight experience for at least another year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Willian of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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That being said, while there's nothing left for either side to gain, there's also nothing to lose, and it's often these die-hard fixtures that lead to the highest levels of entertainment.

Read on for a breakdown of the fixture's essential viewing information, as well as a preview of the talking points at hand.

Date: Sunday, May 11

Time: 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET

Live Stream: Not available in U.K., NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S., subscription required)

TV Info: Not available in U.K., CNBC (U.S.)

Playing For Pride

COBHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho talks to the press at the Chelsea Training Ground on May 2, 2014 in Cobham, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
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Jose Mourinho may not have expected his first season back in the Stamford Bridge hot seat to peter out quite like this, with no silverware at hand and leaving others to decide the Premier League title race.

As such, it is a chance for the Portuguese to blood some new talent within his squad in the same way Ryan Giggs chose to against Hull City earlier in the week, with debutant James Wilson bagging a brace for his troubles.

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND-  May 03: Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St. James'  Park on May 03, 2014  in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may also look to offer those players a chance who haven't got the opportunities they will have been hoping for this term.

The Bluebirds haven't kept a clean sheet at home since their 0-0 stalemate against Aston Villa in mid-February, while the Blues have netted in back-to-back away fixtures, making for a promising afternoon's entertainment.

End of the Line for Terry, Cole and Lampard?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05: John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole of Chelsea celebrate victory after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Get
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It hasn't been as intense a subject matter as it was this time last year, but Sunday's trip to Cardiff could well be the final time that Ashley Cole, John Terry or Frank Lampard—or any combination of the three—line up in Chelsea colours.

David Kent of the Daily Mail recently reported that Lampard is nearing a new deal with the club, while Terry's negotiations have broken down, according to the Mirror's Martin Lipton, and the Express' Tony Banks says that Monaco have this week made Cole another lucrative offer.

Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves believes the three still have a lot to offer at this level:

Regardless of how one feels about their personas on or off the pitch, it's difficult to imagine a Chelsea without their English trio of veterans, but it's a stark reality that Premier League viewers may now have to begin getting used to.

Key Battle

Peter Whittingham vs. Frank Lampard

Lampard may well go up against another club stalwart in the shape of Peter Whittingham, who will have been as affected by the club's drop back down to the Championship as any.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - APRIL 27 : Peter Whittingham and Steve Caulker of Cardiff City applaud the traveling Cardiff City fans at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Cardiff City at the Stadium of Light on April
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Through thick and thin, Whittingham has remained a key staple in the Bluebirds' setup, and if anybody deserves to savour the last hurrah among English giants, it's him.

Like Lampard, Whittingham sits as string-puller in the Cardiff camp, and a great deal of this battle will be decided by the other engine-room struggle that's likely to take place between Gary Medel and Nemanja Matic. 

However, providing they can get their foot on the ball for long enough, it's Whittingham and Lampard who will be doing the real damage moving forward, each looking to limit the influence of their counterpart in the hopes of finishing the season on a high.


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