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Premier League 2021-22 fixtures: Chelsea open at the Bridge against Crystal Palace

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Scheduled released this morning

The Official Nike Premier League Match Ball with the Chelsea Badge Photo by Visionhaus

We are about two months from the start of the 2021-22 Premier League, which, after the special considerations made for the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to start in more familiar and standard fashion, on August 14.

That may sound like a long ways away, but the initial schedule for the season has been released this morning, which makes it somewhat real already. I say initial schedule, because this is as yet untouched by the grubby hands of the various TV broadcast companies, who will divvy up and move these games around to various days of the weekend for maximum exposure — the order won’t change, barring postponements or cup-match conflicts, but the days and times will. Y’all know the drill by now.

In any case, Chelsea are set to begin at home, hopefully in front of a full house at Stamford Bridge (pending any opening/lockdown measures that may occur between now and then), against Crystal Palace — who incidentally could yet be managed by Frank Lampard by then.

The schedule then ramps up quickly and considerably, with away games at Arsenal, Liverpool, and Spurs as well as home games against Aston Villa and Manchester City, all before October. No easing into the new season here!

Chelsea will also content the UEFA Super Cup the Wednesday before the opening weekend, against Villarreal in Belfast.

We will also play the Champions League group stages during the first half of the season, which will look like this:

Aston Villa (H) | CL MD1 (Sep 14-15) | Spurs (A)
Man City (H) | CL MD2 (Sep 28-29) | Southampton (H)
Brentford (A) | CL MD3 (Oct 19-20) | Norwich City (H)
Newcastle (A) | CL MD4 (Nov 2-3) | Burnley (H)
Leicester (A) | CL MD5 (Nov 23-24) | Man Utd (H)
West Ham (A) | CL MD6 (Dec 7-8) | Leeds (H)

Here’s Chelsea’s 2021-22 Premier League schedule, in full, before any meddling by the money men.

Sat 14 Aug: Crystal Palace (H)
Sat 21 Aug: Arsenal (A)
Sat 28 Aug: Liverpool (A)
Sat 11 Sep: Aston Villa (H)
Sat 18 Sep: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Sat 25 Sep: Manchester City (H)
Sat 2 Oct; Southampton (H)
Sat 16 Oct: Brentford (A)
Sat 23 Oct: Norwich City (H)
Sat 30 Oct: Newcastle United (A)
Sat 6 Nov: Burnley (H)
Sat 20 Nov: Leicester City (A)
Sat 27 Nov: Manchester United (H)
Tue 30 Nov: Watford (A)
Sat 4 Dec: West Ham United (A)
Sat 11 Dec: Leeds United (H)
Wed 15 Dec: Everton (H)
Sat 18 Dec: Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)
Sun 26 Dec: Aston Villa (A)
Tue 28 Dec: Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sat 1 Jan: Liverpool (H)
Sat 15 Jan: Manchester City (A)
Sat 22 Jan: Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Tue 8 Feb: Brighton & Hove Albion (A)
Sat 12 Feb: Arsenal (H)
Sat 19 Feb: Crystal Palace (A)
Sat 26 Feb: Leicester City (H)
Sat 5 Mar: Burnley (A)
Sat 12 Mar: Newcastle United (H)
Sat 19 Mar: Norwich City (A)
Sat 2 Apr: Brentford (H)
Sat 9 Apr: Southampton (A)
Sat 16 Apr: Leeds United (A)
Sat 23 Apr: West Ham United (H)
Sat 30 Apr: Everton (A)
Sat 7 May: Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
Sat 15 May: Manchester United (A)
Sun 22 May: Watford (H)