Looking at the first six fixtures of Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal, the Blues certainly seem to have the easiest start of the Big Four, with Arsenal having the hardest of the lot!
The Gunners can look forward to facing Everton away, before going to Glasgow for the first Champions League Qualifier, and then they have a relatively easy home game against Portsmouth before facing Celtic again. This is then followed by away games at both Manchester United and Man City. Hopefully they won’t be too far behind the leaders when they can settle down to games against Wigan and Fulham.
Man Utd have a couple of easy games to start, facing Birmingham at home, then two away games at Burnley and Wigan. Then they have the small matter of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal at home, swiftly followed by Tottenham away and then the local derby against Man City at Old Trafford.
Liverpool’s hardest game should be their opener away at White Hart Lane this weekend, if they can win that, then they have a relatively easy next five against Stoke, Villa, Bolton, Burnley and West Ham. But Liverpool are notorious for throwing away points against “lesser” teams.
Chelsea’s fixtures, in contrast, are looking good for a flying start. They open at home to hull, and then on Tuesday they are away at Sunderland (who could be the surprise team this season). Fulham away comes next, and that local derby is capable of being a banana skin, but Chelsea normally scrape it by the odd goal. The next two are against the two favourites for relegation, Stoke and Burnley, before a high-profile home derby against their great rivals Tottenham. The Blues SHOULD win their first five to take a wave of confidence into the Spurs game, which could give them a healthy lead at the start of the slog to the title!