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August has been a promising month from a Chelsea perspective, but Maurizio Sarri’s men can’t afford to take their eye off the ball. The games will still be coming thick and fast throughout September.

Three of our Premier League fixtures that’ll take place next month are staged at Stamford Bridge. One of those does come against league leaders Liverpool, however, and that’s after we pay a visit to arch-rivals West Ham at the London Stadium.

It promises to be a captivating month of football.

1st September – Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth

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Chelsea were defeated 3-0 by AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

Eddie Howe’s side are renown for starting brightly and fading towards the end of the season. After securing seven points in their opening three games, history looks set to repeat itself.

You’d have to fancy Chelsea’s chances to bag all three points against the Cherries, but we mustn’t taking anything for granted. They’ve already taken points off of big-spenders Everton this term, as well as winning away to West Ham.

Maurizio Sarri’s men will have to be at their best to start September with a victory – and avoid a repeat of what happened back in January.

15th September – Chelsea v Cardiff City

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Samuel Eto’o scored during Chelsea’s last victory over Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge.

All due respect to Cardiff, this fixture doesn’t pose much danger to Sarri and co.

Neil Warnock’s men are the only team yet to score a goal in the Premier League so far this season. It’s difficult to imagine them breaking through Chelsea’s star-studded back-line, despite recent wobbles.

This game provides an opportunity for the likes of Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard to bolster their goal-tallies for the season. Only time will tell if they’re able to take their opportunity.

23rd September – West Ham United v Chelsea

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Marko Arnautovic celebrates putting West Ham ahead against Chelsea in December.

West Ham are currently rock bottom of the Premier League after three consecutive defeats under Manuel Pellegrini, but that isn’t necessarily a fair reflection of the quality they possess within their ranks.

The likes of Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko only need a second to turn a game on it’s head. Sarri will need to be wary of the danger they pose if we want to return home victorious.

Ultimately, it’s more than a win that’s up for grabs here. As is the case every time these two sides meet – bragging rights are equally valuable as the three points. We fancy our chances to triumph.

29th September – Chelsea v Liverpool

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Mohamed Salah refuses to celebrate after scoring against Chelsea in November.

Now we’re talking. This is an early six-pointer in the race for both Champions League qualification and the Premier League title. Even at this stage of the season, it’s a game that we cannot afford to lose.

Liverpool invested heavily in the summer. Jurgen Klopp has improved the squad which played some of the best football in Europe last term. Make no mistake, this is their best opportunity to win the title since 2014.

In order to do so, they’ll have to beat the best, and that includes Sarri’s Chelsea side. The Italian will have had more time to develop his players’ understanding of his style of play by then. Liverpool could be in for a shock when they step out onto the Stamford Bridge turf.

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