With eight matches of the Premier League season remaining, Cardiff City are 18th in the table with 28 points to their name.

With Huddersfield Town and Fulham below them and almost certain to drop down to the Championship, the Bluebirds are fighting to avoid finishing 18th come the end of the campaign.

Their next five matches include clashes with teams at both ends of the table, meaning Neil Warnock’s men could have a real say in the title race and relegation dog fight.

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Top-flight action returns this weekend with Chelsea visiting the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday afternoon before the Welshmen make the trip north to face defending Champions Manchester City next Wednesday.

That’s followed by trips to fellow strugglers Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion within three days of each other, before completing this set of fixtures by hosting title-chasing Liverpool.

Without further ado, here’s how we think this quintet of matches will play out…

Cardiff City's next five fixtures