Chelsea’s next six Premier League fixtures compared to rivals Man City, Liverpool and West Ham

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Chelsea entered the international break slightly disappointed after only managing a 1-1 draw against Burnley last weekend but still remain top of the Premier League standings.

That was always going to be the case following the Burnley game and the Blues collecting a point but Liverpool could have got to within one point of the Blues had they beaten West Ham.

They didn’t. Jurgen Klopp’s side fell to defeat for the first time in 25 matches as David Moyes’ impressive West Ham side won 3-2 at London Stadium, a result that moved the Hammers up to third and three points behind Chelsea in the table.

That is the gap that Thomas Tuchel’s side now have to Man City in second, who eased past Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime before Chelsea’s draw.

The next six games for the Chelsea are crucial ahead of a very busy December where Tuchel’s side will play a whopping ten games during the month and the always hectic Christmas and festive period.

Here, we take a look at the upcoming games for the Blues and compare them to their rivals in the standings.

Leicester City (A) – November 20

The Blues return to the King Power Stadium after the international break and to the scene where Frank Lampard suffered one of his most chastening defeats as Blues head coach.

Chelsea are a different team now and so are Leicester, who are not quite the force they were when they beat the Blues in the FA Cup final last season.

The Foxes are down in 12th this season and struggling to find any consistency. On their day though, and at home, they can easily compete with the best in the division. This is no cakewalk.

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Other fixtures in matchweek 12 – Wolves vs West Ham, Liverpool vs Arsenal, Man City vs Everton.

Man Utd (H) – November 28

Will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still be in a job at Man Utd by this game? Who knows but you suspect he will be and Chelsea fans will probably be happy about that.

Man Utd are all over the place and have suffered horrendous defeat to rivals Liverpool and City in recent weeks.

Chelsea’s record against United in recent seasons in the Premier League is poor, they haven’t beaten the Reds in their last five meetings, but this will be as good a time as any to sort that out with the dire straits United are in.

Other fixtures in matchweek 13 – Liverpool vs Southampton, Man City vs West Ham

Watford (A) – December 1

A midweek trip to Vicarage Road arrives next for the Blues as they make the short trip to Watford to take on former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri’s side.

As per usual with Watford, they have already gone through one manager with Xisco Munoz sacked after seven league games.

On paper, it is a game that Chelsea will be heavy favourites to win and one that they should do. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four games against the Hornets.

Other matchweek 14 fixtures – West Ham vs Brighton, Aston Villa vs Man City, Everton vs Liverpool

West Ham (A) – December 4

Depending on how the form of these two teams go over the next three weeks, this London derby over in the East End could be a massive game.

West Ham are no mugs, having beaten Man City, Liverpool and Man Utd this season already and are on the crest of a wave right now. David Moyes’ side are strong on set pieces and explosive on counter-attacks.

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The Blues won 1-0 in east London last season with Tuchel at the helm so he’s got a 100 per cent record there. Chelsea have by far the toughest game of the early title challengers that weekend.

Other matchweek 15 fixtures – Wolves vs Liverpool, Watford vs Man City.

Leeds (H) – December 11

Leeds are not quite the same force they were last season as they have been ravaged by injuries and are down in 15th (at the time of writing) following an inconsistent start to the season.

Before they face Chelsea, Marcelo Bielsa’s side will take Brentford, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Spurs – not the toughest run but not the easiest either.

Chelsea against Leeds is always a good matchup thanks to the past rivalry between the two and this should be no different.

Other matchweek 16 fixtures – Man City vs Wolves, Liverpool vs Aston Villa, Burnley vs West Ham.

Everton (A) – December 16

After a good start on Merseyside, Rafa Benitez’s side haven’t quite kept up with their form in recent weeks and there are already some rumblings at Goodison Park.

The Toffees have a very tough run between now and the Everton game as they play Man City, Brentford, Liverpool and Arsenal before Chelsea pitch up in the north west for a midweek matchup.

It is also the start of the incredibly busy festive period for Chelsea as they play on December 16, 19, 26 and 29.

Other matchweek 17 fixtures – Liverpool vs Newcastle, Man City vs Leeds, West Ham vs Norwich.

Source by Football London

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