Blues start with a mouthwatering clash at ‘The Theatre of Dreams’
Chelsea will kick off the 2019-20 Premier League season with a trip to Manchester United before hosting Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in our first home game of the campaign.
For our visit to Old Trafford, which is scheduled as the final game of the opening weekend of the season on Sunday 11th August, the Blues will be aiming for a better outcome of the 1-1 draw that was achieved there last season. We will meet Leicester City, with a ex-Blue connection in Brendan Rodgers as manager at the helm as our opening clash at Stamford Bridge six days later, before ending August with matches against newly promoted sides Norwich City (A) and Sheffield United (H).
Liverpool visit the Bridge in September, which will be our first game after our opening game in the UEFA Champions League group stage, with Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Bournemouth, Southampton and Burnley being the other five teams we face after competing in Europe’s elite club competition.
In November, Chelsea visit the Etihad Stadium to face the current Premier League champions in Manchester City, hoping for a much better result than the 6-0 humiliating defeat we suffered the last time we visited the blue half of Manchester.
Two huge London derbies away from home await us either side of Christmas, as we travel to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Spurs on 21st December, before making another short trip to the Emirates to compete against Arsenal on the 28th. We also face Southampton at home on Boxing Day before an away trip to Brighton being our first match in 2020 on New year’s Day.
Consecutive home matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Man Utd, Everton and Man City await Chelsea in February and March before three London derbies on the trot against West Ham, Watford and Crystal Palace respectively.
Liverpool at Anfield will be our final away game on 9th May before finishing the season at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers eight days later on 17th May. The full fixture list can be seen below.
Some games may move from a Saturday due to our participation in the UEFA Champions League. Games especially affected by this are those scheduled for:
• 21st September
• 5th October
• 26th October
• 9th November
• 30th November
• 14th December
CHELSEA’S 2019-20 PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES
(All fixtures are subject to change)
11th – Manchester United (A)
17th – Leicester City (H)
24th – Norwich City (A)
31st – Sheffield United (H)
14th – Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)
21st – Liverpool (H)
28th – Brighton (H)
5th – Southampton (A)
19th – Newcastle United (H)
26th – Burnley (A)
2nd – Watford (A)
9th – Crystal Palace (H)
23rd – Manchester City (A)
30th – West Ham United (H)
4th – Aston Villa (H)
7th – Everton (A)
14th – Bournemouth (H)
21st – Tottenham Hotspur (A)
26th – Southampton (H)
28th – Arsenal (A)
1st – Brighton (A)
11th – Burnley (H)
18th – Newcastle United (A)
22nd – Arsenal (H)
1st – Leicester City (A)
8th – Manchester United (H)
22nd – Tottenham Hotspur (H)
29th – Bournemouth (A)
7th – Everton (H)
14th – Aston Villa (A)
21st – Manchester City (H)
4th – West Ham United (A)
11th – Watford (H)
18th – Crystal Palace (A)
25th – Sheffield United (A)
2nd – Norwich City (H)
9th – Liverpool (A)
17th – Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
KEY DATES IN THE 2019-20 SEASON
The following fixtures and dates are all (potential) key moments for Chelsea in the 2019-20 season:
• Kawasaki Frontale (Friendly – Yokohama, Japan) – 19th July
• Barcelona (Rakuten Cup – Saitama, Japan) – 23rd July
• Reading (Friendly – Reading, England) – 28th July
• Red Bull Salzburg (Friendly – Salzburg, Austria) – 31st July
• Opening day of the 2019-20 Premier League – 10th August
• UEFA Super Cup vs Liverpool (Vodafone Park – Istanbul, Turkey) – 14th August
• International breaks – 7th/8th September, 12th/13th October, 16th/17th November & dates in 2020 (TBC)
• UEFA Champions League – Group stage starts on 17th September
• Carabao Cup Third Round – 24th/25th September
• Emirates FA Cup Third Round – 4th January 2020
• Carabao Cup Final – 1st March 2020 (Wembley Stadium)
• Final day of the 2019-20 Premier League – 17th May 2020
• Emirates FA Cup Final – 23rd May 2020 (Wembley Stadium)
• UEFA Champions League Final – 30th May 2020 (Atatürk Olympic Stadium – Istanbul, Turkey)
• 2020 UEFA European Football Championship – 12th June to 12th July 2020
THE PREMIER LEAGUE WINTER BREAK
For the first time this season, there will also be a mid-season ‘winter break’ during the Premier League season. The two-week break will take place in February and is structured to ensure that Premier League matches are still played every weekend over that period.
Each weekend during the break will feature five Premier League games on the first weekend and five on the following weekend.
To incorporate this, Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round matches will be moved to the midweek (4th March 2020).
CHANGES TO FIXTURES
Throughout the campaign, fixtures will be altered, including live TV broadcasts to accommodate European and domestic cup competitions. Below are the approximate dates for when the announcements on matches that have been selected for live TV broadcast will be made.
• August & September – 5th July
• October – 6th August
• November – 16th September
• December & January – 11th October
• February – 14th December
• March – 24th January
• April – 21th February
• May – 3rd April
(Round 38 matches selected after all clubs have played 37 matches)
HOW ARE THE PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES DECIDED?
A total of 380 fixtures will be played in the Premier League and dates for international matches, European club competitions and FA competitions are factored in to leave the available dates to play league matches.
A fixture computer condenses the season into five ‘sets’ which are then reversed later in the season. Clubs cannot play more than two home or away games in a row, although rearrangements can sometimes lead to that.
Many clubs are paired with another club and must never play at home in the same round of fixtures (Arsenal/Tottenham Hotspur, Everton/Liverpool, and Manchester City/Manchester United for example)