Chelsea kick-start their 2014/15 Premier League campaign against newly promoted Burnley and Leicester City, in what looks a relatively easy start for Jose Mourinho's former champions.
Chelsea fans might view an away start to Burnley followed by a home fixture against Leicester a relatively easy start to the season however with a host of new recruits expected to begin the new campaign for Jose Mourinho's team and the fact that both of the Premier League newcomers will want to prove a point, Chelsea will have to be on their guard.
First 3 fixtures:
- Burnley v Chelsea
- Chelsea v Leicester City
- Chelsea v Everton
- Chelsea v Swansea
- Manchester City v Chelsea
Week three sees Chelsea away to Everton who secured an impressive sixth place finish last season, followed by a home fixture against Swansea before their first severe test of the season at the Emirates Stadium against Premiership Champions Manchester City, a result that ended in an away win for Mourinho's team last term.
Fabregas takes on Gunners
New signing Cesc Fabregas will be under the spotlight from the very first game however none more so than on October 4th when Chelsea welcome his former team Arsenal to Stamford Bridge for the big London derby.
Last season it was one-way traffic for the Blues as they romped to a 6-0 win over the Gunners in what was a woeful 1000th match in charge for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
United and Liverpool away
Chelsea's title hopes will be tested on October 25 and November 8 when they travel to Old Trafford and Anfield respectively.
Last season Chelsea managed to secure a point in a 0-0 draw with then manager David Moyes team however this time round under the guidance of louis Van Gaal, United will be a different proposition.
Chelsea took all the points from Anfield last season in a 2-0 win Demba Ba and Willian providing the goals.
Chelsea host Brendan Rodgers' team on May 9th another result that went in the Blues favour last season when Hazard and Eto'o provided the goals in a 2-1 win.
If Chelsea are going to win the title for the first time since 2009/10 they are going to have to look at doing the double against at least two of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Christmas and New Year
Many a League title has been won and lost during this period and Mourinho will be hoping he comes into the festive season with a fully fit squad.
Stoke away, West Ham at home, Southampton away and Tottenham away, three out of the four games away from home sums up just how critical this time will be to Chelsea's aspirations.
Last season John Terry helped secure the points against Spurs at White Heart Lane with a 65th minute equaliser however one assumes Mourinho will be expecting no less than three points this time round.
Christmas and New year fixtures:
- Stoke v Chelsea (20th December)
- Chelsea v West Ham (26th December)
- Southampton v Chelsea (28 December)
- Tottenham v Chelsea (1st January)
Manchester City at Chelsea
January sees Chelsea take on Newcastle at home followed by Swansea away before Manuel Pelligrini arrives with Manchester City on January 31st hoping that they don't suffer the same fate as they did last season when they lost 2-1.
Business continues as usual through February, March and April until they finish off with Manchester United at home, Arsenal away and Liverpool at home all in the space of four weeks before finishing with West Brom away and Sunderland at home.
Last 6 fixtures:
- Chelsea v Manchester United (18th April)
- Arsenal v Chelsea (25th April)
- Chelsea v Crystal Palace (2nd May)
- Chelsea v Liverpool (9th May)
- West Brom v Chelsea (16th May)
- Chelsea v Sunderland (24th May)