CHELSEA will welcome newly-promoted Hull City to Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the new Premier League season.
Returning Blues manager Jose Mourinho has never faced the Tigers but has locked horns with Hull boss Steve Bruce before.
The Special One boasts a 60 per cent win record against Bruce after facing off against the former Manchester United defender during his time at Birmingham City.
United will pose Mourinho’s first real test of the campaign when Chelsea travel to the champions on the second weekend of the season.
Traditionally, the festive period has always been crucial to decide where the title will be heading, and the Blues face Swansea City at home on Boxing Day.
Liverpool, who Mourinho has had a turbulent past with, are the visitors to the Bridge two days later on December 28.
A trip to Southampton awaits Chelsea supporters on New Year’s Day.
And should Chelsea still be in the mix for the Premier League crown at the end of the season, their final two fixtures at home to Norwich and away to Cardiff should see them pick up vital points.
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