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Chelsea finished the 2019-20 season in fourth place, 33 points behind league leaders Liverpool, as the Reds strolled to their first ever title in a decade.
Frank Lampard’s side had a fairly good season, as the Blues finished in fourth place, and it is expected that the Blues would do better next season, with Lampard’s side expected to be strengthened significantly.
Meanwhile, it has been leaked that Chelsea will face Southampton in the opening day of the season, as the league is expected to resume on September 12.
Check out the leaked fixtures for the new season.
Brighton vs Sheffield United
Chelsea vs Southampton
Everton vs Fulham
Leeds United vs Newcastle United
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
Manchester United vs Arsenal
Tottenham vs Aston Villa
West Brom vs Burnley
West Ham vs Liverpool
Wolverhampton vs Leicester
Meanwhile, Liverpool legend John Barnes, has backed Chelsea to finish in top four but doesn’t think that the Blues can win the league.
He told BonusCodeBets: “I definitely feel like Chelsea can challenge for the top four again next season, but I don’t necessarily think they can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool just yet.
“However, they will become more competitive and get closer to the top two teams in the Premier League with the signings they have made.
“Signing Ziyech, Werner and potentially more is clearly a strong indication that Chelsea are there to compete next season.
“I am sure they will be in the top four again, but I don’t think they will be ready to make a move for first or second place in the league just yet.”
On Frank Lampard, Barnes added: “Frank Lampard has done a decent job this season. A lot of pressure was on him, especially with the transfer ban, so I think he has done well.”