The Premier League have officially announced the dates and timings for Chelsea’s festive fixtures against Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.
Chelsea have had a mixed start to the current top-flight campaign and they are presently behind fourth-placed Newcastle United on goal difference with a game in hand.
The league season is set to restart after the World Cup with a string of Boxing Day fixtures but Blues fans will have to wait for another 24 hours as the club won’t return to action until December 27.
Chelsea will take on Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge from 5.30pm GMT. The fixture was previously scheduled for Boxing Day with kick-off at 3pm GMT. It will be televised on Amazon Prime Video.
Elsewhere, the Blues’ New Year’s Eve fixture against Nottingham Forest on the road has been postponed to New Year’s Day with kick-off now at 4.30pm GMT. Sky Sports have the broadcasting rights.
The crunch game against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Bridge will also be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. The fixture was previously scheduled on January 2 at 3pm GMT.
It will now be played three days later on January 5 from 8pm GMT. Aside from the league games, the Blues could be in action in the Carabao Cup fourth round before the calendar year closes.
The ties are scheduled to be contested on December 20 and 21, just days after the World Cup final (December 18). Chelsea are due to face Manchester City in the third round next month.
Chelsea’s festive schedule
20 or 21 December 2022: Possible Carabao Cup fourth round tie
27 December 2022: Bournemouth at home – 5.30pm GMT
1 January 2023: Nottingham Forest on the road – 4.30pm GMT
5 January 2023: Manchester City at home – 8pm GMT
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