Chelsea’s Under-21 team will begin their 2013-14 Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
Dermot Drummy’s boys will host Spurs on Friday 9th August at Aldershot’s Recreation Ground in the first game of a new-look league featuring 22 Category One clubs. The teams will each face off ONCE, either home or away, with the top four at the end of the season taking part in an end-of-season playoff series.
Following their opener, the young Blues head to Southampton for a Friday night clash at St Mary’s Stadium, home of Southampton, before they host Leicester City at a venue to be confirmed in late August. That venue may turn out to be Stamford Bridge, assuming the terms of last season’s competition remain intact and demand that clubs host at least two games at their first team venue.
The full fixture list is as follows, with all dates and venues provisional.
9th August 2013: Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, Aldershot Town FC, 7pm
16th August 2013: Southampton v Chelsea, St Mary’s Stadium, 7.30pm
24th August 2013: Chelsea v Leicester City, TBC, 2pm
2nd September 2013: Aston Villa v Chelsea, Villa Park, 7pm
13th September 2013: Chelsea v Norwich City, Brentford FC, 7pm
23rd September 2013: Everton v Chelsea, Southport FC, 7pm
6th October 2013: Chelsea v Manchester City, TBC, 11am
21st October 2013: Sunderland v Chelsea, Stadium Of Light, 7pm
1st November 2013: Chelsea v West Ham United, Brentford FC, 7pm
2nd December 2013: Newcastle United v Chelsea, Northumberland FA, 7pm
16th December 2013: Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea, Lancashire FA, 7pm
10th January 2014: Chelsea v Reading, Aldershot Town FC, 7pm
20th January 2014: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea, AFC Telford United, 7pm
31st January 2014: Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion, TBC, 7pm
7th February 2014: Fulham v Chelsea, TBC, 7pm
14th February 2014: Chelsea v Liverpool, Aldershot Town FC, 7pm
3rd March 2014: Arsenal v Chelsea, TBC, 7pm
7th March 2014: Chelsea v Middlesbrough, TBC, 7pm
24th March 2014: Manchester United v Chelsea, TBC, 7pm
28th March 2014: Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers, Brentford FC, 7pm
4th April 2014: Stoke City v Chelsea, Britannia Stadium, 7pm