Chelsea pre-season 2018-19: Fixtures, transfers, squad numbers & complete Premier League schedule

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Maurizio Sarri's side head to Australia as well as France and Ireland on their pre-season tour ahead of the new campaign

Chelsea return to the Asia-Pacific region with a fixture against Perth Glory in Australia to get their preparations for the 2018-19 campaign under way.

The Blues will then face some of Europe's biggest clubs as part of the International Champions' Cup in a number of venues around the continent.

With the World Cup having ended just eight days before their first fixture against Perth, it leaves Chelsea with very little time to fully prepare – though it does give the opportunity to get back into the fold in an energising manner.

Goal brings you your complete guide to the Blues' 2018-19 pre-season and Premier League fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about the preparations.


Chelsea pre-season fixtures


Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue
Jul 23 Perth Glory 0-1 Chelsea 12pm / 7am Optus Stadium, Perth
Jul 28 Inter vs Chelsea 7:05pm / 2:05pm Allianz Riviera Stadium, Nice
Aug 1 Arsenal vs Chelsea 8:05pm / 3:05pm Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Aug 5 Man City vs Chelsea 3pm / 10am Wembley Stadium, London*
Aug 7 Chelsea vs Lyon 8:05pm / 3:05pm Stamford Bridge, London

*2018 Community Shield

Chelsea's pre-season schedule involves some entertaining clashes, including an exciting match against Premier League rivals Arsenal, as well as European giants Inter and Lyon.

While the likes of fellow Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool playing in North America, Chelsea will instead be heading down under and to Europe.

The first game of their pre-season tour sees them play Perth Glory in a 60,000-seater stadium on July 23 at Optus Stadium in an Australia-exclusive friendly.

Goal's Josh Thomas sat down with Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Kasey Palmer to discuss their hopes of breaking into the first team this season ahead of the match.

The west London side will then head to Europe to begin their International Champions Cup campaign against Inter at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, before facing Arsenal at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin shortly after.

They conclude their pre-season preparation with a home friendly against Lyon, but not before they take on Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.


Chelsea 2018-19 squad numbers


Squad number Position Player
1 GK Willy Caballero
2 DF Antonio Rudiger
3 DF Marcos Alonso
4 MF Cesc Fabregas
5 MF Jorginho
6 MF Danny Drinkwater
7 MF N'Golo Kante
8 MF Ross Barkley
9 FW Alvaro Morata
10 MF Eden Hazard
11 MF Pedro
13 GK Thibaut Courtois
14 MF Tiemoue Bakayoko
15 DF Victor Moses
17 MF Charly Musonda Jr
18 FW Olivier Giroud
21 DF Davide Zappacosta
22 MF Willian
23 FW Michy Batshuayi
24 DF Gary Cahill
27 DF Andreas Christensen
28 DF Cesar Azpilicueta
30 DF David Luiz
31 DF Fikayo Tomori
33 DF Emerson
34 DF Ola Aina
38 MF Jeremie Boga
40 FW Izzy Brown
44 MF Ethan Ampadu

Chelsea's 2018-19 transfer activity


Chelsea recently announced the dismissal of manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge of the club with confirmation that ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is to assume duties as head coach. 

Sarri brought midfielder Jorginho along with him to Stamford Bridge for a fee of €57 million (£51m/$66m), which marks Chelsea's first big signing in the transfer window.

The Blues are expected to dip into the transfer market again before the window closes on August 9, especially with reports that Real Madrid have been interested in the likes of star Belgium internationals Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois off the back of a successful World Cup for both players.

They were also interested in signing Roma goalkeeper Alisson, but he has since made the move to Liverpool.

Transfer activity in

Position Player Transferred from Fee Date
DM Jorginho Napoli £51m July 14

Transfer activity out

Position Player Transferred to Fee Date
CB Jonathan Panzo Monaco £2.7m July 6
MF Jeremie Boga Sassuolo £3.5m July 21

Chelsea's 2018-19 Premier League fixtures


The Premier League has confirmed that the 2018-19 season will get under way on Saturday August 11.

Fixtures were released early in the morning of June 14 and Chelsea will kick off their campaign with an away game against Huddersfield Town before hosting rivals Arsenal in their first London derby of the season the following week. Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Cardiff City complete the Blues' opening five games of the season.

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Liverpool and Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge on September 29 and October 20 respectively, while champions Manchester City pay their first visit to the venue on December 8.

Chelsea's full Premier League fixture list can be seen below.

Date Time Match
11/08/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
18/08/2018 17:30 Chelsea v Arsenal
26/08/2018 16:00 Newcastle United v Chelsea
01/09/2018 15:00 Chelsea v A.F.C. Bournemouth
15/09/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Cardiff City
23/09/2018 13:30 West Ham United v Chelsea
29/09/2018 12:30 Chelsea v Liverpool
06/10/2018 15:00 Southampton v Chelsea
20/10/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester United
27/10/2018 15:00 Burnley v Chelsea
03/11/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Crystal Palace
10/11/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Everton
24/11/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
01/12/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Fulham
04/12/2018 19:45 Wolverhampton v Chelsea
08/12/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester City
15/12/2018 15:00 Brighton v Chelsea
22/12/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Leicester City
26/12/2018 15:00 Watford v Chelsea
29/12/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Chelsea
01/01/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Southampton
12/01/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Newcastle United
19/01/2019 15:00 Arsenal v Chelsea
29/01/2019 19:45 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Chelsea
02/02/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
09/02/2019 15:00 Manchester City v Chelsea
23/02/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Brighton
27/02/2019 19:45 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
02/03/2019 15:00 Fulham v Chelsea
09/03/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Wolverhampton
16/03/2019 15:00 Everton v Chelsea
30/03/2019 15:00 Cardiff City v Chelsea
06/04/2019 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham United
13/04/2019 15:00 Liverpool v Chelsea
20/04/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Burnley
27/04/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Chelsea
04/05/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Watford
12/05/2019 15:00 Leicester City v Chelsea

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