The Premier League is set to begin on the 8th of August and all the fans of different clubs have already started cheering their teams with the pre season friendlies giving them an insight into how their favorite team might line up. The list of fixtures has already been announced and many fans have already started to make assumptions of how easy or tough their fixtures are.
So in this article, we will take a deep look into the fixture list of the defending champions, Chelsea and try to see how much of a chance they have to retain the title.
August: 8th Swansea City (H) ; 15th Manchester City (A) ; 22nd West Brom (A) ; 29th Crystal Palace (H)
September: 12th Everton (A) ; 19th Arsenal (H); 26th Newcastle United (A)
October: 3rd Southampton (H) ; 17th Aston Villa (H) ; 24th West Ham (A) ; 31st Liverpool (H)
Chelsea will start their campaign at the Stamford Bridge on the 8th of August but will travel to Etihad the next week. More than a month later, they face Arsenal at home and then face both Southampton and Liverpool at home in October. Apart from these matches, Chelsea will feel they can get all three points barring the fixture at the Goodison Park in September.
Novemeber: 7th Stoke (A) ; 21st Norwich (H) ; 28th Tottenham (A)
December: 5th Bournemouth (H) ; 12th Leicester (A) ; 19th Sunderland (H) ; 26th Watford (H) ; 28th Manchester United (A)
January: 2nd Crystal Palace (A) ; 13th West Brom (H) ; 16th Everton (H) ; 23rd Arsenal (A)
The end of December will see Chelsea go the White Hart Lane. The festive season where fixtures come thick and fast is a bit easy for Chelsea but the year will end with a massive match at Old Trafford. This match may well define the season for both teams. They will play Everton and Arsenal back to back in the end of January.
February: 2nd Watford (A) ; 6th Manchester United (H) ; 13th Newcastle United (H) ; 27th Southampton (A)
March: 1st Norwich City (A) ; 5th Stoke City (H) ; 12th Liverpool (A) ; 19th West Ham United (H)
April: 2nd Aston Villa (A) ; 9th Swansea City (A) ; 16th Manchester City (H) ; 23rd Bournemouth (A) ; 30th Tottenham Hotspur (H)
May: 7th Sunderland (A) ; 15th Leicester City (H)
At the start of February, Chelsea will host Manchester United at home and will play Southampton away at the end of the month. The month of March will see Chelsea play at the Anfield which may well be a crucial game with the table already taking shape. In April, the Bridge will welcome both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur which will be crucial for the title winning team. They will end the campaign with a game against Leicester at home.
The supporters of the club will be relatively happy as not many high profile fixtures are put together. The team can regroup and gain confidence playing against some weaker teams in the League. But they will want to play one game at a time and Jose Mourinho will work his mind out to make sure he uses the correct set of players at the correct time and that he gets the best out of the team.