With the Premier League fixtures having now been released, let's take a look at some of the new faces that we will come up against following their promotions to the top tier.

With Leicester City, Ipswich Town and Southampton all earning promotion to the Premier League, we've pulled together a short factfile on each one - profiling everything you need to know about the trio ahead of our meetings with each side next season.

Leicester City

Nickname: The Foxes

Manager/Head Coach: Vacant

Ground: King Power Stadium (32,000)

Record: 62 Chelsea wins, 35 draws, 28 Leicester City wins

Last meeting: Chelsea 4-2 Leicester City, FA Cup quarter-final, 17 March 2024

Last season

Championship: 1st place (Champions)

FA Cup: Quarter-finals

Carabao Cup: Third round

Top scorer: Jamie Vardy (20)

The Foxes have returned to the Premier League at the first time of asking following a spectacular season in the second tier under new Chelsea head coach Enzo Maresca, who left Leicester for the Blues earlier this summer.

After an almost faultless start to the season, Leicester had to remain composed to secure that Premier League place under immense pressure, but they finished the job with 97 points.

Ipswich Town

Nickname: Town or the Blues

Manager: Kieran McKenna

Ground: Portman Road (29,000)

Record: 26 Chelsea wins, 10 draws, 9 Ipswich Town wins

Last meeting: Chelsea 7-0 Ipswich Town, FA Cup third round, 9 January 2011

Last season

Championship: 2nd place (Promoted)

FA Cup: Fourth round

Carabao Cup: Fourth round

Top scorer: Nathan Broadhead & Conor Chaplin (13)

For the first time in 22 years, Ipswich are back in the Premier League following a meteoric rise up the English football pyramid.

Having only been promoted from League One heading into last season, McKenna's men were imperious throughout their promotion campaign, only missing out on Leicester’s top spot by just a single point.

Playing a scintillating brand of possession-based football, the Blues record a second successive automatic promotion and return to the Premier League for the first time since 2002.


Nickname: The Saints

Manager: Russell Martin

Ground: St Mary's Stadium (32,000)

Record: 49 Chelsea wins, 31 draws, 33 Southampton wins

Last meeting: Chelsea 0-1 Southampton, Premier League, 18 February 2023

Last season

Championship: 4th place (Promoted via play-offs)

FA Cup: Fifth round

Carabao Cup: First round

Top scorer: Adam Armstrong (24)

After only a season in the Championship, the Saints will be joining Leicester back in the top-flight at the first attempt. Despite a tricky start to their second-tier campaign, Southampton fought back and from October onwards they were ever present in the top six.

The Saints eventually got the job done via the play-offs, defeating Leeds United with a narrow 1-0 win at Wembley. They head back to the top flight looking to maintain momentum and return to a mid-table Premier League side.

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