New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte faces a home clash with London rivals West Ham United in his initial Premier League diversion in assign following a proclamation of a tie list for a 2016-17 deteriorate on Wednesday.
The Italian has a large charge on his hands with a 2014-15 champions looking to redeem from a catastrophic debate final season, that saw them coquette with a relegation section before eventually finishing 10th.
In a arriving term, a Blues’ many important early-season hurdles come opposite Liverpool and Arsenal in Sep before clashes with Leicester City and Manchester United in October, 4 matches in discerning period that should give a decent denote as to either Chelsea will be pretension challengers once again.
Read on for a Stamford Bridge outfit’s full report for 2016-17, around a Premier League, along with a closer hearing of a integrate of pivotal fixtures that could conclude their season.
West Ham United (H)
Swansea City (A)
Hull City (A)
Leicester City (H)
Manchester United (H)
Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Manchester City (A)
West Bromwich Albion (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
AFC Bournemouth (H)
Stoke City (H)
Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Leicester City (A)
Hull City (H)
Swansea City (H)
West Ham United (A)
Stoke City (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Manchester City (H)
Manchester United (A)
West Bromwich Albion (A)
Away vs. Manchester City (December 3)
One of a early indications that all was not right with Chelsea final deteriorate came in usually a second compare of their debate when they were outplayed in a 3-0 improved to Manchester City during a Etihad Stadium.
The Blues suffered a same outcome when City visited Stamford Bridge for a retreat tie in April, though by afterwards Chelsea’s problems had been laid bare.
In 2016-17, Chelsea could make a confidant matter by violence a Sky Blues when a dual sides initial accommodate in December.
It will be a outrageous challenge, not usually given a west London side’s new record opposite City is awful, though City also now have Pep Guardiola as manager.
The Manchester side will be a opposite tender underneath a Spaniard than they have been in a past, as explained by Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe on acknowledgment of his appointment behind in February:
However, Chelsea should also be revitalised underneath Conte, and a initial strife of a deteriorate between a dual sides will be a good indicator of how good a particular new managers have staid in.
After Leicester City‘s unusual Premier League delight final deteriorate it is expected there will be a series of sides who trust they can plea for a pretension in 2016-17.
Chelsea and City are expected to be dual of a categorical contenders, and December’s initial strife between a sides will be revelation as to that bar is in improved shape.
Home vs. Manchester United (October 22)
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Chelsea’s passing final deteriorate had one vital casualty, manager Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in Dec 2015 with a Blues sitting one indicate above a relegation zone.
The Portuguese will be reunited with his former side in October when he takes on a Blues during Stamford Bridge in his new purpose as Manchester United manager.
As with Chelsea, United are a vital Premier League powerhouse looking to lapse to a top echelons of a multiplication after a transitory spell.
United’s unemployment has been longer than Chelsea’s, and Red Devils fans will be hoping Mourinho can lapse them to a standing they enjoyed for so prolonged underneath Sir Alex Ferguson.
Chelsea’s new record opposite United is excellent—they have not mislaid to a Manchester bar given 2012.
But United will not have had a improved new possibility to improved a Blues than a 2016-17 season’s initial strife between a dual sides, as Mourinho‘s believe of his former bar should give a Red Devils a edge.
Conte will have to be intelligent in environment adult his side as a Blues face a singular plea of personification opposite a bar fable now prowling a antithesis dugout.
It will be fascinating both to see how Chelsea’s players and fans conflict to a scenario, and how a famously machiavellian Mourinho deals with a situation.