Chelsea get toughest start to 2021/22 season

June 16, 2021

Chelsea have been given the toughest start to the English Premiership 2021/22 campaign when the fixtures for the new season were released.

The new European champions also have the most players from any club represented at the current Euro 2020 competition, which means that they will start the new term without having much rest between finishing fourth in the League and then beating EPL title holders Manchester City in the Champions League final.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have trips to three “Big Six” rivals in the first five matches. Oh well, Chelsea wanted to play in the ill-fated Super League!

But it’s not their opening game Tuchel will be most concerned about, with visits to Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham coming in the first five matches of the season, before the Blues host City in their sixth game.

It is a far easier start for Manchester United, meanwhile, with Leeds, Southampton, Wolves, Newcastle, West Ham, Aston Villa and Everton ahead of the first international break of the season. You have to think that United will in fact have enough points from those games to be on top of the table come the first week of October.

In fact, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side don’t face a top-six rival until 16th October when they travel to Leicester, before hosting Liverpool the following weekend. 

On the final day of the season, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City will all enjoy home advantage, facing Watford, Southampton, Wolves and Aston Villa respectively.  

Boxing Day regularly throws up some eye-catching fixtures and this year is no different, with big-six rivals Manchester City and Leicester facing off at the Etihad, while Liverpool host Leeds and Manchester United are away at Newcastle.

Two days later, Leicester’s tough Christmas run continues as they host Liverpool, with Chelsea-Brighton and Brentford-Man City the other picks.

On New Year’s Day there is a mouthwatering set of fixtures as Arsenal host Manchester City and Liverpool travel to Chelsea, while Manchester United host Wolves to complete a nightmare few days for the Midlands side.

FIXTURES UNTIL FIRST INTERNATIONAL BREAK

14 August

Brentford

vs Arsenal

Burnley vs Brighton

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Everton vs Southampton

Leicester vs Wolves

Man United vs Leeds

Newcastle vs West Ham

Norwich vs Liverpool

Tottenham vs Man City

Watford vs Aston Villa

21 August

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Aston Villa vs Newcastle

Brighton vs Watford

Crystal Palace vs Brentford

Leeds vs Everton

Liverpool vs Burnley

Man City vs Norwich

Southampton vs Man United

West Ham vs Leicester

Wolves vs Tottenham

28 August

Aston Villa vs Brentford

Brighton vs Everton

Burnley vs Leeds

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Man City vs Arsenal

Newcastle vs Southampton

Norwich vs Leicester

Tottenham vs Watford

West Ham vs Crystal Palace

Wolves vs ManUnited

11 September

Arsenal vs Norwich

Brentford vs Brighton

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham

Everton vs Burnley

Leeds vs Liverpool

Leicester vs Man City

Man United vs Newcastle

Southampton vs West Ham

Watford vs Wolves

18 September

Aston Villa vs Everton

Brighton vs Leicester

Burnley vs Arsenal

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Man City vs Southampton

Newcastle vs Leeds

Norwich vs Watford

Tottenham vs Chelsea

West Ham vs Man United

Wolvers vs Brentford

25 September

Arsenal vs Tottenham

Brentford vs Liverpool

Chelsea vs Man City

Crystal Palace vs Brighton 

Everton vs Norwich

Leeds vs West Ham

Leicester vs Burnley

Man United vs Aston Villa

Southampton vs Wolves

Watford vs Newcastle

2 October

Brighton vs Arsenal

Burnley vs Norwich

Chelsea vs Southampton

Crystal Palace vs Leicester

Leeds vs Watford

Liverpool vs Man City

Man United vs Everton

Tottenham vs Aston Villa

West Ham vs Brentford

Wolves vs Newcastle

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