Why Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side have an advantage over Liverpool & Man City in the title race

Chelsea are back in European action on Thursday night with a home fixture against MOL Vidi.

Having sealed a 1-0 win away at PAOK in their last Europa League game, Maurizio Sarri’s side will be expected to make it two wins from two after the Hungarian side lost against BATE Borisov last time out.

The Blues have been given a good draw in this year’s competition, meaning that the new boss can shuffle his pack in Europe to give players on the fringes of the first team an opportunity to feature.

The fact that the team play on Thursday also gives the players sufficient time to recover from the previous weekend, especially coming into this week’s game following a tough encounter against Liverpool on Saturday.

However, it does work the other way as the Blues will have limited time to prepare with their next league game coming three days later on the Sunday.

Who sides face before and after European games has always been a big talking point for managers given that they can be travelling thousands of miles across Europe.

Jose Mourinho has been critical of the scheduling in the past, while Arsenal were dealt a bad hand last year in the Europa League with five away games coming directly after their six group games.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will also no doubt be unhappy with his side’s schedule, as the Reds face tricky league games before facing the likes of PSG and Napoli in the Champions League.

If games away against the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal before playing in Europe wasn’t bad enough, then certainly home games against Man City, Everton and Manchester United on their return will not have gone down well.

Pep Guardiola’s side also face a tough run after facing the likes of Lyon, Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Dontesk in Europe.

The league champions travel to Liverpool this weekend, with games against Spurs, Manchester United and Everton all on the agenda after playing in Europe’s elite competition.

These fixtures could prove crucial in the title race come the end of the season.

Despite Chelsea facing a quick turnaround after playing in Europe, the Blues do have a good run of fixtures as they face the likes of Southampton, Burnley & Brighton.

While Sarri has stated that his side are not in the title race despite an unbeaten start to the season, many believe that the FA Cup holders could go all the way after catching the eye in the first two months of the campaign.

So, who do Chelsea, Liverpool and City play before and after their European games?

Well, we have all the information you need to know below.

Before European games
Chelsea

September 29 – Liverpool (h)

October 20 – Manchester United (h)

November 4 – Crystal Palace (h)

November 24 – Tottenham (a)

December 8 – Man City (h)

Liverpool

September 29 – Chelsea (a)

October 20 – Huddersfield Town (a)

November 3 – Arsenal (a)

November 24 – Watford (a)

December 8 – Bournemouth (a)

Man City

September 29 – Brighton & Hove Albion (h)

October 20 – Burnley (h)

November 3 – Southampton (h)

November 24 – West Ham (a)

December 8 – Chelsea (a)

After European games
Chelsea

October 7 – Southampton (a)

October 28 – Burnley (a)

November 11 – Everton (h)

December 1 – Fulham (h)

December 15 – Brighton & Hove Albion (a)

Liverpool

October 7 – Manchester City (h)

October 27 – Cardiff City (h)

November 11 – Fulham (h)

December 1 – Everton (h)

December 15 – Manchester United (h)

Manchester City

October 7 – Liverpool (a)

October 29 – Spurs (a)

November 11 – Manchester United (h)

December 1 – Bournemouth (h)

December 15 – Everton (h)

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