Chelsea start the season with an away game at Huddersfield before hosting Arsenal in their first home match a week later on August 18.

The Blues travel to the London Stadium to face rivals West Ham on September 22 and will make their first visit to Tottenham’s new stadium on November 24, with home games against Liverpool and Manchester United to negotiate in between.

After a first west London derby against Fulham in four years on December 1, Boxing Day sees a short journey north to take on Watford at Vicarage Road with the reverse fixture against Arsenal coming on January 19.

February has the potential to be a tricky month for Chelsea as they go to Manchester City before hosting Spurs on February 27 prior to the second west London derby of the season on March 2.

The run-in is also filled with notable fixtures for Chelsea: they play West Ham at Stamford Bridge on April 6, visit Anfield the following week and end the month at Old Trafford before ending the season at Leicester on May 12.

August

11: Huddersfield Town (a)

18: Arsenal (h)

25: Newcastle United (a)

September

1: Bournemouth (h)

15: Cardiff City (h)

22: West Ham United (a)

29: Liverpool (h)

October

6: Southampton (a)

20: Manchester United (h)

27: Burnley (a)

November

3: Crystal Palace (h)

10: Everton (h)

24: Tottenham Hotspur (a)

December

1: Fulham (h)

4: Wolves (a)

8: Manchester City (h)

15: Brighton (a)

22: Leicester City (h)

26: Watford (a)

29: Crystal Palace (a)

January

1: Southampton (h)

12: Newcastle United (h)

19: Arsenal (a)

29: Bournemouth (a)

February

2: Huddersfield Town (h)

9: Manchester City (a)

23: Brighton (h)

27: Tottenham Hotspur (h)

March

2: Fulham (a)

9: Wolves (h)

16: Everton (a)

30: Cardiff City (a)

April

6: West Ham United (h)

13: Liverpool (a)

20: Burnley (h)

27: Manchester United (a)

May

4: Watford (h)

12: Leicester City (a)

Real Madrid turn their sights on new Chelsea star

Real Madrid’s manager switch threw the footballing world into total chaos.

Zinedine Zidane’s resignation suddenly swirled things up when it made available a top manager – and a job top.

It then went a stage further when Julen Lopetegui was made Madrid manager yesterday and was then sacked as Spain coach today.

It will affect Chelsea too. Zinedine Zidane had his eyes on a couple of Chelsea players, but Lopetegui has different ideas. According to Don Balon, it’s not Eden Hazard or Thibaut Courtois that the new man wants – it’s N’Golo Kante.

That should set off all kind of warning lights. When both PSG and Real Madrid are after your best player, it’s pretty difficult to stop them. It would take a huge amount of resolve to keep both of those clubs from persuading Kante his future is best served by leaving Chelsea, especially with us out of the Champions League.

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