EPL: Chelsea’s next five Premier League fixtures compared to Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City
Chelsea have remained in fourth in the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park on Sunday
Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Chelsea FC at Villa Park on October 16, 2022
Chelsea’s next five fixtures compared to rivals Arsenal, Tottenham and Man City
Graham Potter has extended Chelsea’s winning streak in the Premier League to four games with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa. The newly-appointed Blues boss has enjoyed a great start to life in west London as the club climb up the table.
Chelsea now sit fourth on 19 points with a game in hand over Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Arsenal. Three points from that game in hand will see the Blues trail Spurs and City in joint-second by just one point and leave them four behind the Gunners.
However, should Potter look to build upon the west Londoners growing momentum, the 47-year-old will be hoping to see his side score a few more goals. Chelsea have as good a defensive record as their top-four competitors but are still some way off matching a similar record in front of goal.
So, with that being said, football.london has taken a look at Chelsea’s next five fixtures in the running for top-four… or maybe a title race?
Brentford (A) – October 19
Brentford have already picked up a 4-0 win against Manchester United this season and star striker Ivan Toney is always going to be a key threat. The Blues won’t be able to afford any mistakes against the Bees but a second away game just days after their trip to Villa could prove to be a difficult test.
Manchester United (H) – October 22
Potter’s first top-six clash in charge of Chelsea comes against United at Stamford Bridge. The atmosphere will be electric and the Blues will be hoping to feed off that and pick up a statement win after Erik ten Hag’s side also turned a corner of late.
This fixture ended as a 1-1 draw last season after Jorginho scored a penalty to cancel out Jadon Sancho’s opener for the visitors. Chelsea will be hoping to close the gap at the top of the table with a run of good results and pick up a minimum of 13 points from 15 available.
Brighton (A) – October 29
Graham Potter will return to the south coast and take on his former side Brighton as Chelsea boss for the first time since replacing Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge. The Seagulls started life without Potter by picking up a brilliant 3-3 draw against Liverpool at Anfield as Leandro Trossard, linked with a move to the Blues, scored a stunning hat-trick.
Marc Cucurella will also be returning to Brighton for the first time since leaving in the summer, whilst Potter will be hoping he comes back to haunt Brighton and can take all three points against his former side.
Arsenal (H) – November 6
A London Derby is on the horizon as the Blues host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in early November. It will be their penultimate Premier League game before the mid-season break for the winter World Cup, with Potter hopeful his side can go into it with his side in ideal form.
The Gunners have looked unstoppable in most of their games this season though, sitting top of the league after just nine games. Chelsea will have to be in top form to come out on top, with Mikel Arteta’s men playing at top gear in the early stages of the season.
Newcastle United (A) – November 12
With Reece James potentially out for eight weeks, the Chelsea defender is set to miss a trip to St James’ Park. Eddie Howe’s side have done well so far this season and, with Potter’s star man out, the Blues could be set for a tough away day.
Alexander Isak, who joined the Magpies in the summer for a club record fee, is said to be out for ‘a while’. Calum Wilson has done well to lead Newcastle’s line in the Swede’s absence but Howe will be hoping his talisman is fit in time to challenge Chelsea.
Arsenal’s next five fixtures:
Southampton (A) – October 23
Nottingham Forest (H) – October 30
Chelsea (A) – November 6
Wolves (A) – November 12
West Ham (H) – December 26
Tottenham’s next five fixtures:
Manchester United (A) – October 19
Newcastle United (H) – October 23
Bournemouth (A) – October 29
Liverpool (H) – November 6
Leeds United (H) – November 12
Manchester City’s next five fixtures:
Brighton (H) – October 22
Leicester City (A) – October 29
Fulham (H) – November 5
Brentford (H) – November 12
Leeds United (A) – December 26