Trips to Watford and Swansea City will see Conte come face-to-face Walter Mazzarri and Francesco Guidolin as three of the four Italian managers in the Premier League – Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City being the fourth – meeting for the first time.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side visit Stamford Bridge on Sept 19, while Chelsea fans must wait until Feb 1 for the return leg on Merseyside.
However, it is the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge that most Chelsea fans will be looking forward to most, and they will not have to wait too long.
Mourinho’s Manchester United side visit west London on Oct 22. After winning three league title with Chelsea the Portuguese, according to Chris Bascombe, will no doubt say it’s about the team, not him, but the assembled media may disagree.
After facing both Manchester clubs in April – City at home on April 4 and United away on April 15 – Chelsea’s run-in appears fairly agreeable with home games against Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
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Getting To Stamford Bridge
BY TUBE OR TRAIN
The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway on the District Line. Take a train to Earls Court and change for Wimbledon-bound trains. There are two Overground stations near to Stamford Bridge, the closest being West Brompton. The second station, which is about a 15-minute walk from the stadium, is Imperial Wharf Station, these are both on a direct line to Clapham Junction station amongst others.
There are two bus stops outside Stamford Bridge on the Fulham Road. Fans can get to the stadium using the number 14, 211 and 414 buses.
Fans are advised NOT to drive to Stamford Bridge due to parking restrictions in the area, especially on matchdays.
Driving from The North, East or West:
Use the M25 to Junction 15 and turn off onto the M4 towards London. Follow the M4 which becomes the A4 up to Hammersmith. Go over the Hammersmith Flyover and a further 1.5 miles before turning off for Earls Court. Go past Earls Court station and across Old Brompton Road, eventually reaching Fulham Road. Turn right at the traffic lights. After 600 yards, the ground is on the right. Parking is difficult very close to the ground.
Driving from The South:
Cross the river at Wandsworth Bridge and head up Wandsworth Bridge Road. At the junction with New King’s Road, turn right and then immediately left. This will take you up to Fulham Broadway. Turn right onto Fulham Road and the ground is 400 yards on the left. Parking is difficult very close to the ground.