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Chelsea's Premier League fixtures - 2018/19

Saturday August 11 Huddersfield Town away
Saturday August 18 Arsenal home
Saturday August 25 Newcastle United away
Saturday September 1 Bournemouth home
Saturday September 15 Cardiff City home
Saturday September 22 West Ham United away
Saturday September 29 Liverpool home
Saturday October 6 Southampton away
Saturday October 20 Manchester United home
Saturday October 27 Burnley away
Saturday November 3 Crystal Palace home
Saturday November 10 Everton home
Saturday November 24 Tottenham Hotspur away
Saturday December 1 Fulham home
Tuesday December 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers away
Saturday December 8 Manchester City home
Saturday December 15 Brighton and Hove Albion away
Saturday December 22 Leicester City home
Weds      December 26 Watford away
Saturday December 29 Crystal Palace away
Tuesday January 1 Southampton home
Saturday January 12 Newcastle United home
Saturday January 19 Arsenal away
Tuesday January 29 Bournemouth away
Saturday February 2 Huddersfield Town home
Saturday February 9 Manchester City away
Saturday February 23 Brighton and Hove Albion home
Weds      February 27 Tottenham Hotspur home
Saturday March 2 Fulham away
Saturday March 9 Wolverhampton Wanderers home
Saturday March 16 Everton away
Saturday March 30 Cardiff City away
Saturday April 6 West Ham United home
Saturday April 13 Liverpool away
Saturday April 20 Burnley home
Saturday April 27 Manchester United away
Saturday May 4 Watford home
Sunday May 12 Leicester City away

 

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9 minutes ago, ulsterchelsea said:

Sitting eagerly waiting for the sse presale email to come through so I can get tickets for the arsenal match in dublin. Handy one for me since I'm Northern Ireland and itll (hopefully) Be my wee boys first chelsea game

Might pop over as it goes although I do think we will be vastly outnumbered by the Gooners.

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1 hour ago, Iggy Doonican said:

Might pop over as it goes although I do think we will be vastly outnumbered by the Gooners.

Looking that way already. They've a big following down south. Plus arsenal have already released details of ticket sales. We in the other hand.....

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Bought two tickets today for Chelsea v Arsenal at the Aviva today and paid out a hefty €187 for them. I was planning to give one to my mate and we would knock a good night out of it. The wife asked me did I get my ticket and I replied "Yes, I got two" she replied "OH great, I've never been to a game and as thats our 34th wedding anniversary so I'll go with you". I haven't the heart to tell her it wasn't for her !!!!!!:blush::blush::blush::blush: well what the fuck was I to say ????????????

Well she better wear the jersey and shout for the blues or its divorce

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I dont care whats happened last season with our lads but unless they really do have their hearts set on leaving you can bet every single one of them will be trying to impress Sarri on his 1st training session.

https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2018/7/13/video--looking-sharp-in-the-sun

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Matt Law's Chelsea briefing tmg_smt_glyph_sport.png

Chelsea rule themselves out of pre-season cup

By Matt Law Football News Correspondent

Hazard and Barkley celebrate <br>

Sarri at the friendly between Chelsea and Perth Glory in July (credit: Darren Walsh/Getty Images)

Chelsea are set to skip this summer’s lucrative International Champions Cup in favour of tailoring their own pre-season plans.

The Blues have already confirmed they will play one pre-season game in Japan in July and that is expected to be followed by a second match in Asia.

It is also anticipated that Chelsea will hold a European training camp to prepare for the new season.

Ironically, the planned schedule would be far more in keeping with the wishes of head coach Maurizio Sarri, who is expected to have been sacked by then.

Sarri was dismayed by Chelsea’s pre-season programme last summer, which saw him fly with the squad to Australia immediately after his appointment.

“I would change it completely, if I can,” said Sarri ahead of this season. “I arrived in the middle of July, so the problem was there. I accept it, but, for the future, it will be better to change it. But my perfect programme of pre-season is not completely in line with the programme of the club. So we have to arrive at a compromise.”

The Blues played Perth Glory before competing in the money-spinning ICC against Inter Milan, Arsenal, and Lyon.

Chelsea’s final friendly against Lyon took place on August 7, two days after the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City and four days before the start of the Premier League season.

It seems a compromise between the commercial needs of the club and the football requirements has been struck with the trip to Japan keeping sponsors Yokohama happy.

And fewer matches at Chelsea’s choosing, in venues they are happy with, together with a European training camp, should keep whoever is in charge of the team satisfied.

With another new head coach potentially in charge and Chelsea needing to make up ground on Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, this year’s pre-season preparations need to be right.

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On 07/03/2019 at 8:30 PM, mccg said:

UEFA probes Manchester City over potential Financial Fair Play breach

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11679/11657973/uefa-probes-manchester-city-over-potential-financial-fair-play-breach

About time the heat was away from us ffp ffs lol

I hope Shitty and PSG get a giant bollocksing and are ripped apart over this shit. Their criminality makes us look like mere toddlers who shat our panties and then lied to the nanny about it whilst sitting on our parents 10K quid couch (is that a little too personal?:blush: LOLOLOL)

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6 hours ago, NikkiCFC said:

@Vesper you wrote a couple of times worst possible scenario for us but imagine this? Playing 6 games before EL group stage.

 

arrrf EL qualifying, the last thing a weak, fucked up, depleted teams needs

so hope we get deferrals

I cant take another 6000 minutes watching the same dregs roll over and play dead every other half and thsi time with ni Eden to bail them out

it is literally insane that a team with a billion and a half quid in market value (between main squad and loan army) of players may play in the EL qualifying rounds!! Most teams we will be around will be worth less for whole roster than we paid for Bats or Bakayoko alone

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Why are we playing New England Revolution on 16th may in USA?

Just 4 days after PL ends and two weeks before EL final (if we qualify)

The only explanation I can see is if we bring Pulisic so soon and he plays this match in new club in his country, but even then its stupid. Players need some rest ffs.

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7 minutes ago, BlueLyon said:

Why are we playing New England Revolution on 16th may in USA?

Just 4 days after PL ends and two weeks before EL final (if we qualify)

The only explanation I can see is if we bring Pulisic so soon and he plays this match in new club in his country, but even then its stupid. Players need some rest ffs.

The timing is questionable but it's a charity match for a good cause.

https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/03/04/new-england-revolution-and-chelsea-announce-15-may-for--final-wh

And no, Pulisic is highly unlikely to join along as Dortmund's season isn't over by then. 

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