Chelsea players celebrate scoring against Norwich in the English Premier League, October 6Reuters

Chelsea will look for a serene evening at Stamford Bridge when they host Cardiff City in the English Premier League.

The Blues have bounced back from a couple of disappointments in the early season, and currently find themselves only two points behind leaders Arsenal and Liverpool - the latter can increase their lead with the Reds scheduled to play in the early game against Newcastle.

Jose Mourinho is still figuring out his team, but there have been definite signs of improvement, with Juan Mata, importantly, figuring more and more in the manager's first team plans.

Chelsea will be confident of picking up all three points against Cardiff on Saturday, even if he Welsh side have impressed in patches this season.

A big positive for Mourinho this season has been the form shown by skipper John Terry, who looks to be back to his best after some assured performances under his favourite manager.

"Since preseason in Asia, our focus with John was not his contract, or the national team," Mourinho said. "Our focus was just to try to recover his status as an important player. You can be very experienced and have a big status but when the injuries come and the manager has doubts about whether you are ready to play the big matches, and you are in and out of the team, sometimes your self-esteem can be a bit attacked.

"Football is about the present, not the past. John had a bad season -- injuries, changing cultures, changing manager, managers' decisions. Sometimes players go up and down because of injuries and decisions. That's normal.

"The first thing is his fitness. He had a very good preseason and put himself in a good condition to start the season. Now we don't put him under pressure to play five or six consecutive matches. It's better to play two in a row and get really fit, then be ready physically to cope with the sequence of matches.

"In this moment he is fine. It doesn't mean that he will always be first choice for me, and he knows that, but he also knows that I trust him and I am happy with the way he is performing. The situation for him now is good."

Malky Mackay's team, who have eight points from seven games, have already pulled off an upset in toppling Manchester City in Wales this season, and will look for an even better result against Chelsea, with it being an away game.

However, Mackay might be troubled by problems behind the scenes at Cardiff, even if he insists his side will go to Stamford Bridge looking for nothing but three points.

"We won't go there with any fear -- that is not our style at all," Mackay said. "We'll be going there fully aware how difficult it is going to be, but fully determined to relish the occasion.

"Chelsea are a top, top team, but we have had some very positive results so far this season ourselves and we will be looking to keep improving and to keep moving our season forward."

Team News: Fernando Torres has recovered from his injury and is expected to feature for Chelsea, but Ashley Cole and Andre Schurrle, who scored a hat-trick for Germany on Tuesday, are doubts.

It is going to be a momentous day for Petr Cech, who will make his 300th appearance for Chelsea if selected. Only Terry and Frank Lampard have previously achieved that feat for the club.

"He came here for a season when the season before, Carlo Cudicini was playing very well," Mourinho said. "Petr came here very young but immediately in the first game of the season, Chelsea v Man United, he kept a clean sheet, the first clean sheet of his book full of clean sheets.

"The guy is amazing, with his working ethic and the way he lives, and he is a very young keeper, 30 years old is very young."

Cardiff have no new injury worries, with only striker Andreas Cornelius missing for the Welsh side.

Key men: Chelsea: Mata will look to continue his impressive recent form and show Mourinho he should be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Cardiff: Craig Bellamy thrives on big occasions, and after ending his career with Wales on Tuesday, the forward will be keen to make an impression at Stamford Bridge.

Where to watch

The game is scheduled for a 7.30 p.m. (IST) start with live telecast on ESPN HD. You can also catch the match live online by clicking the official link HERE.

Expected lineups: Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand; Ramires, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.

Cardiff: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Gunnarsson, Medel; Bellamy, Kim, Odemwingie; Campbell.

Prediction: 2-0 to Chelsea

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