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Chelsea Fixtures: Classic Premier League battle welcomes Pochettino back to management

The new Premier League season promises so much, but we don’t quite know what to expect from Chelsea. They received their fixtures for the 2023-24 campaign today, and new manager Mauricio Pochettino won’t get to start his life in the Blues dugout with a nice and easy game.

In fact, the Argentine will see his new Chelsea side welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend. They’ll also get an early look at Luton Town, but all-in-all Pochettino will be quite pleased with the opening games he has got. There is a chance they could quickly climb the table and give the likes of Manchester City something to think about.

The 51-year-old has been out of management since departing Paris Saint-Germain in July 2022, and although he won the league, he sees himself right at home in the Premier League. Having made a name for himself here with Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, Pochettino shall look to have a big impact on Chelsea in the months to come across 2023-24.

Now, let us go across some of the key parts of the season to see who indeed Chelsea will be facing. They will have no European football as a distraction either, so everything is focused purely on domestic action for the Blues.

Chelsea: A difficult start, but still a chance for points on the board

As mentioned, Chelsea begin with Liverpool, which is never easy. They are at home however, and you’d suspect there will be a good atmosphere at The Bridge to welcome the new manager, and likely many new faces. Besides that, Chelsea have a decent opportunity to get some points to try and put last season behind them in the eyes of the fans.

Sunday 13th August 2023 – Liverpool (H) – kick-off 4.30pm

Saturday 19th August – West Ham United (A)

Saturday 26th August – Luton Town (H)

Saturday 2nd September – Nottingham Forest (H)

Saturday 16th September – Bournemouth (A)

Chelsea: First series of tests for Poch will arrive before Christmas

Prior to the Christmas period in the month of December, Chelsea will experience a very tough run of games in quite a short period of time. In the space of five games, Pochettino and his team will be coming up against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Newcastle United. Brighton & Hove Albion comes just afterwards, too.

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Arsenals Bukayo Saka (right) shoots towards goal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Tuesday May 2, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport

Saturday 21st October – Arsenal (H)

Saturday 4th November – Tottenham Hotspur (A)

Saturday 11th November – Manchester City (H)

Saturday 25th November – Newcastle United (A)

Chelsea: December begins tough, but still many winnable matches

We’ve already touched upon the fact that Brighton come within this period, and that is swiftly followed by a trip to Old Trafford in the same week. With the exception of these two games, Chelsea are likely to be favourites, at least in the eyes of the bookies, to win all of the other December fixtures that they’ll encounter, including two of the promoted clubs.

Saturday 2nd December – Brighton & Hove Albion (H)

Wednesday 6th December – Manchester United (A)

Saturday 9th December – Everton (A)

Saturday 16th December – Sheffield United (H)

Saturday 23rd December – Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)

Tuesday 26th December – Crystal Palace (H)

Saturday 30th December – Luton Town (A)

Chelsea: Tougher assignments to begin 2024

It is within this period that Chelsea will either move onto the next level, wherever they’re at the time, or remain as they are or potentially drop down. They’ll have hoped to have picked up plenty of points over the Christmas period and the few months afterwards presents them with many tough obstacles in the form of top opposition.

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London, England, 26th February 2023. Cristian Romero of Tottenham tackles Raheem Sterling of Chelsea during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture credit should read: David Klein / Sportimage – Photo by Icon sport

Wednesday 31st January 2024 – Liverpool (A)

Saturday 17th February – Manchester City (A)

Saturday 24th February – Tottenham Hotspur (H)

Saturday 16th March – Arsenal (A)

Wednesday 3rd April – Manchester United (H)

Chelsea: Tricky away games to end season but no Big 7 opponent

Chelsea do have to go to Brighton and Aston Villa towards the very end of the 2023-24 campaign but you could argue they’ll have a good shot at winning all of their last five final games. Pochettino will have hoped to have built his side to a point where they are at the very least contesting for a UEFA Champions League spot at this stage.

Saturday 20th April – Brighton & Hove Albion (A)

Saturday 27th April – Aston Villa (A)

Saturday 4th May – West Ham United (H)

Saturday 11th May – Nottingham Forest (A)

Sunday 19th May – Bournemouth (H)

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