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Chelsea start the season with an away clash at Old Trafford as Manchester United play host to Chelsea on August 11.
Both sides have been preparing for this game all summer, and now the referee for this clash has been announced.
Central referee Anthony Taylor will be the man in the middle for this clash at Old Trafford and Chelsea did not have a good record when Taylor was the central referee last season.
The 40-year-old took charge of three Chelsea games in the Premier League last season – as he officiated our game against Arsenal, Everton as well as Leicester City on the final day of the season – and surprisingly, the Blues didn’t win any of those games.
More alarming is the fact that Chelsea failed to score in the two losses and a draw which were all away from home, and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be hoping to avoid another winless game under Taylor.
The last time Chelsea won away from home with Taylor as referee was in August 2017.
The 40-year-old Taylor has refereed 30 games across all competitions involving the Blues ever since his first in 2012 and under his refereeing, Chelsea have had 16 victories and eight losses.
Chelsea have played all seven pre-season games this summer and Blues boss Frank Lampard is all set for the new season.
After Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard claimed he more or less knows his starting XI against Manchester United in our Premier League opener.
“I more or less know my team selection but it is a long week to come and players have to train every day to get themselves in the team, so the door isn’t shut on that,” Lampard told Chelsea’s official website.