Chelsea face tough PL opener

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Chelsea have been handed a difficult start to the new Premier League season as they will travel to Manchester United for their opening fixture.

Chelsea have been handed a difficult start to the new Premier League season as they will travel to Manchester United for their opening fixture.

The Blues could hardly have been handed a tougher match to kick-off the 2019-20 campaign, as they have only won on one of their last 11 trips to Old Trafford.

Of course, a lot could change between now and August 11, with uncertainty continuing to surround the future of boss Maurizio Sarri, which means a new manager could be taking charge of Chelsea once the new season gets underway.

Chelsea will also be facing up to life without Eden Hazard following his move to Real Madrid and they will seemingly be unable to replace the Belgian unless their current transfer ban is frozen or lifted altogether.

Following the trip to Old Trafford, Chelsea‘s first home match of the season will be against Leicester before they round off the month with games against newly-promoted duo Norwich and Sheffield United.

The Blues final Premier League match of the season will be a home clash with Wolves on May 17, while the Christmas period could be a testing time for the west Londoners, as they will face back-to-back away games against Tottenham and Arsenal – both of those fixtures ended in defeat last season.

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