As Chelsea fans and all football fans alike sit and wait patiently for the first of four international breaks to end, we can also look forward to the start of two cup competitions, as well as Matchweek five of the Premier League. During the month of September, Chelsea will take part in a total of five matches across three competitions, which include the UEFA Champions League, as well as the Carabao Cup. In this article, I will be covering our lineup of fixtures as well as providing a few player updates.
Schedule and Fixtures
Following this week’s international break, we return to Premier League football with a trip up to Wolverhampton to take on Wolves at Molineux Stadium, on Saturday the 14th. By no means an easy fixture, the lads will need to look much more assured against this rising Wolves side if we stand a chance at taking the three points. Just a few days later on Tuesday the 17th, we mark our return to the UEFA Champions League, where we take on Spanish side Valencia at the Bridge. To say that I’m hoping our young squad will relish most of their first tastes of European football, is definitely an understatement. Finally, to conclude what will be a treacherous week for the first team, we host Liverpool, currently top of the pile in the league, on Sunday the 22nd. Next up, a much easier fixture on paper in comparison to the previously listed, we take on either Macclesfield Town or Grimsby Town, yet again at home, on Wednesday the 25th. To round off the month, Chelsea will host Brighton at the Bridge on Saturday the 28th; a fixture we previously won 3-0 last season.
Currently, we have 11 first team players out on international duty with their respective nations. Michy Batshuayi, Andreas Christensen, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Christian Pulisic were sole call ups from our club to represent their respective countries, while Billy Gilmour was called up to Scotland’s U21 side. The Three Lions called up two of our midfielders, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley, while the French called upon Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud. Roberto Mancini of Italy also selected our energetic left back, Emerson, as well as our midfield general, Jorginho.
However, one of our other stars, Mateo Kovacic, sustained what seemed to be an inflamed achilles injury, while on duty with Croatia, leaving him no choice to withdraw from the squad. Though at first feared to be a serious injury, currently it is looking more likely that Mateo will return sooner rather than later. However, he will most likely need to sit out of training in order to lessen the chance of a ruptured achilles. On a more positive note, the Blues could be bolstered by the returns of Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante, Pedro, and possibly even Reece James.
Final Thoughts and Predictions
As a club, we absolutely must bounce back following our disappointing outing against Sheffield United. And what better way to do so, than picking up the three points at Wolves? I feel if we are on top form we could definitely grab the win. However, we will need to see a much more solid backline, stronger communication between defence and midfield, and Tammy Abraham continuing to fire on all cylinders. Should we grab a good result against Wolves, Chelsea will have the potential to hopefully gain some much needed momentum for the tough week ahead.
My final Predictions for September
Wolves 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-1 Valencia
Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool
Chelsea 4-0 Macclesfield or Grimsby
Chelsea 4-2 Brighton