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Four of Chelsea's first six matches have been selected, rescheduled for TV broadcast

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39 days until the first match of the new Chelsea Premier League season.

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On the plus side, this means that Chelsea remain a big draw as far as live TV audiences (in the UK) are concerned.  And we even get an extra couple days to prepare for the first match of the new season, which could be helpful seeing as how the squad will be traveling back from a multi-week preseason trip around the world.

On the other hand, if you've already made plans for any of these games, you might have to reschedule them.  While the match against Arsenal was only pushed back a couple hours to the Saturday late kick-off slot, others were moved back, or, in a new twist for this season, moved forward by a day or two.  Chelsea will be one of the first Premier League teams to dabble in the brand new (and still fairly limited) Friday night football when we host Liverpool in mid-September.

The only two games to not be affected by the all-powerful hand of TV and thus remain in a traditional Saturday afternoon 3pm kick-off are the second and third matches, a trip to Watford and welcoming back newly promoted Burnley to Stamford Bridge, respectively.

The first six games are thus:

Monday, August 15, 20:00 BST:  West Ham United (H)
Saturday, August 20, 15:00 BST:  Watford (A)
Saturday, August 27, 15:00 BST:  Burnley (H)
[international break]
Sunday, September 11, 16:00 BST:  Swansea City (A)
Friday, September 16, 20:00 BST:  Liverpool (H)
Satruday, September 24, 17:30 BST:  Arsenal (A)

And if you're looking to buy tickets, Chelsea have also finally released the on-sale dates for the whole season.