Premier League have confirmed the fixtures for the first two weeks of the resumption of the 2019/20 season which start on Wednesday, June 17 and clubs have been given their first three fixtures of the resumption.
All 92 remaining fixtures have been shared across the top-flight’s main broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and the BBC.
Sky Sports have secured 64 games to be shown live across their Main Event and Premier League channels.
While those fans without a Sky subscription will be able to watch 25 of those 64 games on Sky’s free-to-air Pick channel.
BT Sport will show 20 live games on their platforms, an increase of 12 from what they were meant to show between now and the end of the season before football was suspended.
Chelsea matches: date, time and watch channels
Aston Villa v Chelsea – Sunday 21 June – 4.15pm – live on Sky Sports
Chelsea first opponent on resumption is Aston villa. Chelsea will travel to Aston Villa for their first match on Sunday 21 June. 4:15pm
Chelsea v Manchester City – Thursday 25 June – 8.15pm – live on BT Sport
After travelling to Aston Villa Chelsea will host Manchester City on Thursday 25 June.
Leicester City v Chelsea (FA Cup) – Sunday 28 June – 4pm – live on BT Sport
The following weekend is scheduled for FA Cup quarter-final action when Chelsea will play Leicester City away on Sunday 28 June.
West Ham United v Chelsea – Wednesday 1 July – 8.15pm – live on Sky Sports
Chelsea next league match is away to West Ham, which will take place on Wednesday 1 July. All will be behind closed doors.
In summary, Sky Sports will broadcast the games at Villa and West Ham, with BT Sport holding the rights to the Man City match and Leicester FA Cup tie.
Timo Werner is a German professional footballer who plays as a striker for RB Leipzig and the Germany national team.
Upon making his senior debut in 2013, Werner became the youngest player ever to represent VfB Stuttgart and later became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer
In the top-five European leagues, the following are the top-10 shot takers this season – Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowksi, Timo Werner, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, Raul Jimenez, Edin Dzeko, Karim Benzema, Ciro Immobile and Kylian Mbappe.
Five of them – Lewandowski, Immobile, Werner, Ronaldo and Messi – are also the top five goalscorers, but all of them rank in the top 30 marksmen.
Chelsea’s principal transfer target Werner ranks third for total shots so far this season with 103. He is also third for goals with 25, four behind the historic pace set by Bayern Munich marksman Lewandowski.
He is 15th in the top-five leagues for shots per 90 minutes with 3.88, and eighth with 1.88 for shots on target. He also ranks 25th for the percentage of shots on target with 50.5%.
Werner has also had a prolific year for goals, the best of his career by some distance.
His expected goals, shots, shots on target, non-penalty expected goals and shot-on-target percentage are all at career-high levels. And some of the figures have jumped massively from his recent seasons.
Frank Lampard has largely used Tammy Abraham as his centre-forward. The youngster’s 13 goals are encouraging for his first season as leading man at the club, but he has scored just twice in his last 11 matches.
He has also gone missing for large periods of the season – of those 13 goals, seven came in one three-game stretch early in the season.
Then there is Olivier Giroud. In all competitions, the Frenchman has three goals in 684 minutes this season. He turns 34 in September, and while he will remain with Chelsea for another year, he is hardly a reliable starting option.
Michy Batshuayi, meanwhile, is expected to leave the club in the summer.
Abraham is just 22 and improving, and Lampard thinks highly of him, but Chelsea could do with adding an elite goalscorer to their attacking unit. Werner is seen as a potential solution.
If there is one skill that Werner has in abundance but Chelsea lack it is prolific and clinical shooting.
While his 103 total shots and 3.88 shots per 90 minutes put Werner amongst Europe’s elite goalscorers, Chelsea’s strikers just don’t figure.
Chelsea’s most prolific shot taker is Abraham with 3.4 per 90 minutes. That ranks 31st in the top-five leagues. Of those that have played more than 1,000 minutes, Christian Pulisic is second and Mason Mount third. Both have taken far more frequent shots than Giroud, who averaged just 2.45 shots per 90 across 442 minutes.
Chelsea’s leading strikers this season trail Werner by miles. Abraham’s 1.4 shots on target per 90 are 0.56 below Werner’s tally. Giroud is another 0.18 per 90 off the pace. Meanwhile, Abraham’s 0.57 expected goals per 90 is just over half of Werner’s and is a massive 0.18 ahead of Giroud.
Werner’s 50.5% of shots on target outperforms both, although only marginally in Giroud’s case, and he also has them beaten in goals per shot.
All in all, Werner is a more frequent shooter, a more accurate shooter, a more clinical finisher, and a more consistent and prolific goalscorer. Abraham and Giroud’s numbers pale in comparison.
Chelsea’s decision to open the chequebook can help them resolve one of their greatest needs.
Liverpool ‘will not rival Chelsea for Timo Werner’
Liverpool have allegedly conceded defeat in their pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, and the Reds will not rival Chelsea for the striker’s services.
Yesterday, it was reported that Frank Lampard’s side have agreed a deal to bring the 24-year-old to Stamford Bridge on a five-year contract.
Liverpool have long been credited with an interest in the prolific frontman, but it appears that Chelsea have beaten them in the race for Werner’s signature.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were supposedly reluctant to trigger the Germany international’s £54m release clause amid the coronavirus pandemic, and according to the Evening Standard, Liverpool will not attempt to hijack Chelsea’s bid for the former Stuttgart man.
The report claims that Klopp is confident in the ability of his current attackers – with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino expected to step up to the plate while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane take part in the Africa Cup of Nations next year.
Werner has netted 25 times in the Bundesliga during the 2019-20 campaign as Leipzig lie third in the table.
Man Utd will not rival Chelsea for Werner
With Chelsea set to match Timo Werner’s £53million release clause, Manchester United are set to follow Liverpool and will not rival The Blues.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big admirer of the RB Leipzig striker, who has agreed a move to Stamford Bridge, but United are prioritising other targets after securing an extension to Odion Ighalo’s loan deal.
Jadon Sancho remains at the top of Solskjaer’s wanted list – even after the financial impact of coronavirus forced him to review their spending this summer.
Werner was among a list of striker targets drawn up by United’s transfer committee, along with Moussa Dembele and Erling Braut Haaland. But Solskjaer believes the deal to keep Ighalo at the club until January has alleviated the need to bring in a top-class striker when the window eventually opens.
He also wants to see how Mason Greenwood develops over the next six months to see if the teenager can establish himself as genuine competition to Anthony Martial at the point of United’s attack.
United are continuing to monitor strike targets, but have opted against launching an official move for Werner, who now looks set to join top four rivals, Chelsea.
Inter want Moses beyond the season’s end
Inter Milan are hopeful they can extend Victor Moses’ stay at the San Siro beyond conclusion of the current season, report Calcio Mercato.
The Chelsea defender joined Inter in January on a six-month loan deal, having played for Fenerbahce on loan during the first half of the campaign.
While the Italian club – who have certainly taken a liking to Premier League players of late – would be willing to taking Moses on a permanent basis.
They would require Chelsea to reduce their £11million asking price, however.
Chelsea ‘end interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Timo Werner agreement’
Chelsea reportedly intend to end their interest in securing a deal for Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
With the Gabon international having just over a year left on his contract, it has been suggested that the versatile attacker could be provided with an opportunity to make the switch across London.
However, according to ESPN, the Blues will not move for the 30-year-old if they can wrap up the signing of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
On Thursday, it was claimed that Chelsea were prepared to meet the release clause of the in-form Germany international before June 15, the set cut-off date.
Having already agreed to bring in Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, the duo would act as suitable replacements for the outgoing Willian and Pedro.
If Werner does not move to Stamford Bridge, it is suggested that Chelsea may return for Aubameyang at a later date.
Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell ‘tempted by Chelsea move’
Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell is supposedly interested in a move to Chelsea amid speculation regarding a potential summer transfer.
Blues manager Frank Lampard is said to be in the market for a new left-back ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, and Chilwell has been persistently linked with a move to Stamford Brdge.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed an impressive campaign with Leicester – registering two goals and three assists from 23 Premier League appearances.
According to The Mirror, Lampard remains firmly keen on a deal for Chilwell, and the player himself is tempted by a move to the English capital.
However, the report also claims that Chilwell has not informed Leicester of any desire to leave, and the Foxes would likely command a hefty figure for the England international.
It also remains to be seen how Chelsea’s transfer dealings will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and Porto’s Alex Telles has been touted as a potential cut-price alternative.
Chilwell still has another four years left to run on his Leicester contract.
Chelsea have reportedly won the race for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
The Germany international has been in stunning form for his Bundesliga club during the 2019-20 campaign, scoring 31 times and providing 12 assists in 40 appearances in all competitions.
Liverpool were thought to be the favourites for the 24-year-old, who is believed to have a €60m (£54m) release clause in his current deal at the Red Bull Arena.
Chelsea are closing in on a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and are set to meet his release clause, writes Jack Rosser.
The Blues, who have been tracking Werner’s progress all season and have been looking to add a forward since January, are thought to be close to agreeing a five-year-deal worth £200,000-a-week with the 24-year-old German international.
Werner has a release clause of £53million that expires on June 15, a week on Monday.
However, according to Bild, the striker has now agreed a five-year contract with Chelsea worth £9m a year.
The report claims that Werner decided in March that he wanted to leave Leipzig this summer and after the interest from Liverpool cooled, Frank Lampard’s side made their move.
Manchester United have also been linked with the German, who has struck 92 times in 154 appearances for his current side since arriving from Stuttgart in 2016.
However, it appears that Chelsea, who are currently fourth in the Premier League table, have won the race for the attacker after agreeing to meet the buy-out figure in his contract.
And in Liverpool’s stalling, Frank Lampard instructed Chelsea to make the move themselves.
Romano states Chelsea have sent a deal directly to Werner’s agents and have warned RB Leipzig they are to match the release clause.
Spurs interested in Zouma
Jose Mourinho want to bring Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma to Tottenham this summer, according to RMC Sport.
The three-time Premier League winner is a fan of the Frenchman after working with him while at Chelsea.
With Jan Vertonghen set for an exit this summer, Mourinho is keen on being reunited with Zouma.
And Chelsea are reportedly open to selling the 25-year-old, although he wouldn’t come cheap with three years still remaining on his contract.
Arsenal ‘join Chelsea in pursuit of Brentford forward Said Benrahma’
Arsenal have reportedly joined Premier League rivals Chelsea in showing an interest in Brentford forward Said Benrahma.
The Algeria international has a combined 17 goals and assists in the Championship this season, leading to talk that he could be on his way to the English top flight.
Chelsea are believed to be leading the way for Benrahma’s signature, having supposedly already opened initial discussions with his representatives.
Chelsea Proposal Approved
Chelsea’s proposal to increase the maximum amount of substitutes on the bench from seven to nine was also approved.
Following last week’s agreement to return on June 17, this week’s meetings are set to thrash out more detailed plans.
A Premier League statement said: “For the rest of 2019/20 up to five substitutions to be allowed in a match and team benches will increase to nine players
“Premier League shareholders today agreed to temporary changes to the rules relating to substitute players.
“For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players.
“This is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board last month.
“Shareholders also approved for clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019/20 season.”
Chelsea want ‘the next Ronaldo’
Santos striker Kaio Jorge is a wanted man, with the 18-year-old earning favourable comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo – no pressure there, then.
Juventus and Bayer Leverkusen have been linked with Jorge, but kicker reports that Chelsea will make a move for the youngster this summer.
According to The Sun, Chelsea could have the edge given Jorge has the same representative – Giuliano Bertolucci – as David Luiz and Oscar, which could smooth negotiations.
Pedro heading to AS Roma
Spanish publication AS report that Chelsea winger Pedro will join Roma once his contract expires this summer.
Pedro’s Chelsea adventure is about to end . After having lived in Stamford Bridge for five years, lifting a Premier League, an FA Cup and a Europa League, everything points to the fact that the canary will not renew his contract with the blue entity and that he will be a free player once the 2019/20 season is over .
Amidst several interested clubs, Roma is pushing very hard to get his services, they have been looking for him for months and with the passage of time they have become an increasingly concrete option.
Its incorporation is the priority objective of sports director Gianluca Petrachi, who is facing a difficult job . The crisis due to COVID-19 broke the negotiations between James Pallotta and Dan Friedkin for the sale of the club, and now the entity seeks to remain competitive, but it will have to cut its expenses considerably.
Getting Pedro as a free agent would be the perfect signing and they are very optimistic . The canary, who will be 33 in July, has taken some time before the final decision. In Rome they look forward to their ‘yes, I want’.
Agent casts doubt on Jorginho exit
Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos has admitted that Juventus will struggle to sign the Chelsea midfielder, despite the player’s excellent relationship with Old Lady boss Maurizio Sarri.
“In my view, it would be difficult for the Bianconeri to buy him today, because the transfer market has changed with the pandemic and Jorginho has a contract with Chelsea until 2023,” he told TuttoJuve.
“He is the vice-captain and considered an important player for the squad.
“I don’t just mean Juventus, but all the biggest European clubs would struggle to pay that much for one player right now.”