Chelsea head into one of the busiest periods of the season aiming to maintain their place amongst the leading teams in the Premier League.
Eight wins and two draws in their opening 12 matches has fired the Blues up to third in the standings, eight points behind leaders Liverpool.
Frank Lampard’s side will now embark on a run of nine league matches in 40 days that could have a huge influence on how the rest of the campaign pans out.
Chelsea visit Manchester City on November 23 eager to prove that they are genuine contenders for a top four finish this term.
However, the reigning champions will be keen to return to winning ways after being defeated by Liverpool in their most recent outing.
If the Blues can take something from the Etihad Stadium it would set them up nicely for four winnable games over the following two weeks.
Home games against West Ham United on November 30 and Aston Villa the following Wednesday provide the Blues with a perfect opportunity to add to their points tally.
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Everton (A) and Bournemouth (H) are next on the agenda for Lamaprd’s side and they will be strong favourites to win both matches.
Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Tottenham Hotspur manager certainly adds an intriguing dimension to their clash with Chelsea on December 22.
The 56-year-old has replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the Spurs hot-seat and he will undoubtedly be desperate to get one over his former club.
Pochettino’s exit is no major surprise given Spurs’ form this season and Mourinho has a big job on his hands at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Chelsea follow up their visit to Spurs with a home game against Southampton on Boxing Day, before travelling across London to face Arsenal three days later.
The Gunners have also been underperforming this season and the Blues will fancy their chances of producing a good performance at the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea kick-off 2020 with a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on New Years’ Day for a game that should complete a productive spell for the club.
A minimum 20-point return from their next nine fixtures doesn’t look beyond Chelsea and would keep them firmly in the running to secure a top four place in the Premier League table this season.
Having been hampered by the club’s transfer embargo Lampard has done well to get the Blues in the mix and it’s highly likely they’ll still be in the running when January comes around.