- Just one of the previous 25 reigning Premier League champions have lost their opening game in the following season - Leicester City v Hull City in 2016 (W20 D4 L1).
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However, this is the first match of what appears to be a tricky start for the Blues as they also face Spurs, Everton, Leicester City and Arsenal in the opening weeks of the season. As for Man Utd, we face them at home on December 2nd, and go to Old Trafford on April 28th.
The traditional Boxing Day fixture comes in the form of a home contest against Swansea City, in a month where Liverpool are scheduled to play seven games, plus any League Cup or Champions League fixtures that may arise in December.
Arsenal are facing a potential fixture nightmare ahead of their first Europa League campaign in 18 years with five away games set to follow immediately after group-stage ties.
Maurico Pochettino's first Premier League "home" match will be against the only team to finish above them last season.
The first north London derby of the season is at Emirates Stadium in November before the return fixture in February.
Huddersfield will hope to have secured survival before their final four games, given they're against Chelsea (a), Everton (h), Man City (a) and Arsenal (h).
Spurs' games face further problems because of conflicting demands at Wembley and the club, which was runner-up to Chelsea last season, immediately announced that its home game with Burnley on August 26 would have to be rescheduled because it clashes with the Rugby League Challenge Cup final.
United's first major test of the campaign comes on October 14 when they travel to Anfield.
Chelsea love playing Tottenham at Wembley, having beating their rivals 4-2, 2-0 and 5-1 in their last three meetings at the national stadium.