Graham Potter will finally manage Chelsea in his debut Premier League game as Blues manager this weekend after the team's previous two Premier League games were postponed.
Despite the fact that matches against Fulham and Liverpool were postponed, Chelsea still hasn’t played their first Premier League match under Graham Potter’s management. However, against Crystal Palace on Saturday, the new Blues manager will have the opportunity to start winning.
After Raheem Sterling’s goal was countered by Noah Okafor, the Blues and Red Bull Salzburg tied 1-1 in Potter’s first match as Chelsea’s head coach. The outcome demonstrated that Potter and his staff still have a lot of room for improvement, but given the talent at his disposal, you must anticipate.
Chelsea presently holds the seventh spot in the Premier League standings and will have a very busy month of October. The Blues will play nine matches in a busy month that is jam-packed with midweek Champions League and Premier League action.
Chelsea needs to start scoring goals if they want to catch up to league-leading Arsenal. So let’s compare the west Londoners’ upcoming five games with their competitors at the top of the league in light of the impending tough tests.
October 1: Crystal Palace (A).
Chelsea’s away London derby match against Crystal Palace will serve as Potter’s first Premier League game in charge of the team. Despite having only one victory in their first six games of the season, Patrick Vieira’s team still has the talent to trouble the Blues.
Wilfried Zaha, who has four goals in five games so far this season, is the primary attacking threat for Palace. If Chelsea wants to win against the Eagles, they must be strong defensively and agile offensively.
October 8: Wolves (H)
Wolves, who have only won once in their first seven games, present Chelsea with a similar challenge. Bruno Lage’s team. In Potter’s first Premier League home game in charge, former Blues striker Diego Costa may be in position to face his old team and might end up haunting them.
A quick-fire double from Romelu Lukaku was offset by two late goals from the visitors in a 2-2 draw for Chelsea in the same fixture the previous season.
October 16: Aston Villa (A)
After a shaky start to the season, Villa’s recent play has improved, and they once again present a difficult challenge for Potter’s team. Following the international break, Chelsea will be aiming to get off to a good start after Potter was given plenty of time to work with his new players on the training field to speed up the transition and adaption phase.
October 19: Brentford (A)
This season, Brentford has already defeated Manchester United 4-0, and their top scorer Ivan Toney will always pose a serious threat. The Blues can’t afford any errors against the Bees, but playing another away game so soon after their trip to Villa could be a tough challenge.
October 22: Manchester United (H)
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will play United in Potter’s first significant game as manager. The crowd will be electrified, and the Blues will be looking to capitalize on it in order to win emphatically after Erik ten Hag’s team recently made progress as well.
Last season, Jadon Sancho’s opening goal for the visitors was cancelled out by Jorginho’s penalty, resulting in a 1-1 tie between the two teams. With a string of victories and at least 13 out of a possible 15 points, Chelsea will be looking to narrow the gap at the top of the table.
Arsenal's next five fixtures: October 1: Tottenham (H) October 9: Liverpool (H) October 16: Leeds United (A) October 23: Southampton (A) October 30: Nottingham Forest (H)
Tottenham's next five fixtures: October 1: Arsenal (A) October 8: at Brighton (A) October 15: Everton (H) October 19: Manchester United (A) October 23: Newcastle United (H)
Manchester City's next five fixtures: October 2: Manchester United (H) October 8: Southampton (A) October 16: Liverpool (A) October 22: in Brighton (H) October 29: Leicester City (A)