Chelsea: Premier League 2020/21 Lowdown

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The 28th Premier League campaign certainly was an extraordinary season, which saw Chelsea come fourth in the league table. We witnessed many questionable VAR decisions, a three-month absence as a result of COVID-19 and games conducted behind closed doors as Liverpool claimed the champion title.

Although last season will remain an unforgettable period within the football timeline, the 2020/21 season is now fast approaching! With fans potentially able to soon return to football stadiums, it seems that good times are on the horizon!

Here we’ll unravel the ins and outs of the 2020/21 Premier League season so far and what this means for Chelsea. 

What is the start date for the 2020/21 Premier League?

It was announced that the 2020/21 Premier League season would commence on 12th September 2020 and end on 23rd May 2021. The season was initially arranged to begin on 8th August; however, COVID-19 caused a significant delay to the football schedule.

It is currently unknown as to when the new fixture dates will be released. We expect that the dates will not be revealed until just before the new season begins. 

Who was promoted to the Premier League in 20/21?

The Premier League said goodbye to Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich and hello to West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Fulham.

Following a 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers, The Baggies returned to Premier League, with a rich top-flight background already behind them. They were last in the top tier of football during 2010/11 and continued there for eight seasons, eventually being relegated in 2017/18. They will undoubtedly be looking to prove their worth once again, as well as retain their Premier League standing. 

Leeds United also returned to the Premier League following a 1-0 victory over Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley. It has been sixteen years since Leeds were last in the top tier of football, having been relegated in 2003/04 after remaining there for 12 seasons. How will the team perform when pitted against Premier League titans after an extended absence?

The Cottagers are back! Fulham were relegated from the Premier League during 2018/19 after a disappointing season. The team have now returned after their short time away and have a lot to prove. Their 2-1 win against Brentford, secured their place back into the top flight but will they be able to put up a fight against such fierce competition? Manager, Scott Parker, believes the team have learnt from their past Premier League mistakes, but we wait in anticipation to see if this is the case.

What is Chelsea’s history with the promoted teams?

Chelsea well and truly smashed West Bromwich Albion the last time the teams played in the Premier League. The Blues won 4-0 at The Hawthorns and then 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Will it be a repeat outcome this season or will The Baggies step up their game? 

Next, we come to two teams with a colourful history. Leeds and Chelsea once had a rivalry, which was labelled as ‘Yorkshire grit versus flash Cockney’. The rivalry dates back to the 1960s after several controversial games but has since dissipated following Leeds’ 2004 relegation from the Premier League. The last encounter of the two teams was during the League Cup in 2012, with Chelsea securing a massive 5-1 victory at Elland Road. Will tensions be high as the two teams reunite this season?

When Chelsea took on Fulham during the 2018/19 Premier League, they won 2-1 at Craven Cottage and 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Although Fulham fought hard, ultimately this was not enough to escape relegation. We eagerly await to see what this West London derby will bring this time around!

When can fans return to Stamford Bridge?

The Prime Minister confirmed three weeks ago that spectators could return to football stadiums as early as the 1st October. The return, however, is dependent on the implementation of successful pilot events. Some of these pilot events have already been cancelled due to a spike in COVID-19 figures.

The cancellations were a setback for football fans, all of whom are more than keen to get back into stadiums to cheer on their teams. However, the government is currently in discussions about potentially including football and rugby as part of the pilot events scheme.

Sports minister, Nigel Huddlestone, said “I expect there to be a rugby and a football game to be part of the pilot scheme. The whole point of the pilot scheme is we do things in baby steps, in a disciplined manner, but I’m very confident.”

The news that spectators may not enter football stadiums until October means that the beginning of the 2020/21 Premier League season will begin behind closed doors.

Despite new football stadium regulations, such as reduced capacities, we will still be offering fantastic hospitality packages for you to witness Chelsea play in style. To avoid disappointment, be sure to register your interest as there is set to be a high demand. Take a look at our Chelsea package options online or call on 020 7989 6500 to secure your place.

We can’t wait to welcome back Chelsea fans and revel in the fantastic atmosphere of Stamford Bridge as soon as possible. 

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