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Chelsea’s game against West Ham moved to Monday night again, possibly Watford, too

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Sky Sports have spoken.

Time to update your match calendars.

Sky Sports have announced their Premier League broadcast picks for the month of March earlier today and two Chelsea games fell victim to the all powerful TV machine. That’s a pretty significant ration, considering that Chelsea only have three league matches all month (the international break makes its unwelcome return in the second half of the month as well).

West Ham away will now be Monday, March 6 — the reverse fixture, our first game of the season was as well — while the home match against Watford will be on Monday, March 13. Of course, that latter match could get rescheduled again should either Chelsea or Watford win two more games in the FA Cup. Chelsea face Brentford this weekend while Watford have to brave a trip to Millwall.

While great for the television audience, both in England and worldwide, Monday night games tend to be a pain to attend in person. Moving the West Ham game to primetime seems especially unwise given the crowd troubles earlier this season in the midweek EFL Cup tie.

But, as we saw all too clearly during the festive period, money talks, especially in the Premier League.