Football fixtures 2009/2010: Carlo Ancelotti must adapt to Premier League demands
Ancelotti will swiftly be immersed in the rigours of English life, although he is fortunate that his most arduous-looking challenge, Manchester United, does not come until Nov 7 when Chelsea fans will hope a manager with no inkling of the pace of the Premier League will be up to speed. Chelsea - full fixtures Saturday, August 15 2009 Chelsea - Hull City (15.00) Tuesday, August 18 2009 Sunderland - Chelsea (19.45) Saturday, August 22 2009 Fulham - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, August 29 2009 Chelsea - Burnley (15.00) Saturday, September 12 2009 Stoke City - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, September 19 2009 Chelsea - Tottenham Hotspur (15.00) Saturday, September 26 2009 Wigan Athletic - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, October 3 2009 Chelsea - Liverpool (15.00) Saturday, October 17 2009 Aston Villa - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, October 24 2009 Chelsea - Blackburn Rovers (15.00) Saturday, October 31 2009 Bolton Wanderers - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, November 7 2009 Chelsea - Manchester United (15.00) Saturday, November 21 2009 Chelsea - Wolverhampton Wanderers (15.00) Saturday, November 28 2009 Arsenal - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, December 5 2009 Manchester City - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, December 12 2009 Chelsea - Everton (15.00) Wednesday, December 16 2009 Chelsea - Portsmouth (19.45) Saturday, December 19 2009 West Ham United - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, December 26 2009 Birmingham City - Chelsea (15.00) Monday, December 28 2009 Chelsea - Fulham (19.45) Saturday, January 9 2010 Hull City - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, January 16 2010 Chelsea - Sunderland (15.00) Wednesday, January 27 2010 Chelsea - Birmingham City (19.45) Saturday, January 30 2010 Burnley - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, February 6 2010 Chelsea - Arsenal (15.00) Wednesday, February 10 2010 Everton - Chelsea (19.45) Saturday, February 20 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, February 27 2010 Chelsea - Manchester City (15.00) Saturday, March 6 2010 Portsmouth - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, March 13 2010 Chelsea - West Ham United (15.00) Saturday, March 20 2010 Blackburn Rovers - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, March 27 2010 Chelsea - Aston Villa (15.00) Saturday, April 3 2010 Manchester United - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, April 10 2010 Chelsea - Bolton Wanderers (15.00) Saturday, April 17 2010 Tottenham Hotspur - Chelsea (15.00) Saturday, April 24 2010 Chelsea - Stoke City (15.00) Saturday, May 1 2010 Liverpool - Chelsea (15.00) Sunday, May 9 2010 Chelsea - Wigan Athletic (15.00) New managers to the Premier League will undoubtedly have done their homework, although practice is more draining and eye-opening than theory. Nothing can prepare a new manager for the sheer relentlessness of the season, the ceaseless combinations of blows raining down. Ancelotti will soon discover that there is no time to pause during games or during the season itself. Brought in by Roman Abramovich to win the Champions League, Ancelotti must still not ease up in the Premier League. Owen Coyle's Burnley will feel they have little fear of Premier League opposition, having excelled against the elite in the cups last season, but their start is undoubtedly awkward, a trip to buoyant Stoke City followed by Manchester United at Turf Moor. All that organisation and camaraderie that Coyle has instilled in his players will be vital. All of Coyle's men will be full of determination and none more so than Chris Eagles, formerly of Old Trafford, for United's visit. Sir Alex Ferguson's champions kick off with Birmingham City, managed by his former centre-half with Aberdeen and Scotland, Alex McLeish. One of the marquee fixtures of the season, United-Arsenal, is early on Aug 29. Liverpool kick off their campaign at Tottenham Hotspur, the home of Robbie Keane, while Arsenal travel to Everton. Wolves' lively fans will be heard loud and proud again in the Premier League with the visit of West Ham. Down below, Newcastle United will instantly be reminded of their loss of status by starting a week earlier with the Football League when they travel to West Brom on Aug 8.
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