The wait is over. Sunday brings September’s first match for the Blues. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton set the scene…
This weekend Chelsea are targeting a fourth successive Premier League win for the first time since spring 2015, when Hull City, Stoke City, QPR and Manchester United were put to the sword.
The Blues have already accrued five points more than at the same stage last season, and, in like-for-like fixtures (where promoted Burnley replace relegated Newcastle), are four points better off.
The trip to Swansea offers the opportunity to extend that to seven points better, as the Londoners lost 0-1 there last time – the Welsh side’s only Premier League victory and clean sheet in our encounters.
With the transfer window and the first international break behind us (and the next just a month away) top-flight football resumes and Antonio Conte will hope no momentum or fitness has been lost by his globe-trotting players in the break. The Sunday scheduling will allow welcome recovery time for those who travelled long distances.
And the Italian has a great chance to join the elite group of Chelsea coaches who have completed a clean sweep of four straight league victories from the beginning of their tenure. All went on to secure silverware the same season.