New head coach Graham Potter will take charge of his first match this week against Red Bull Salzburg, his first managerial game in the Champions League.
With the Liverpool game postponed, however, the 47-year-old will have to wait until after the international break for his first Premier League game as Chelsea head coach — with the west London side due to face Crystal Palace on October 1. Sunday’s fixture against Liverpool will not be reversed to be played at Anfield.
There has been uncertainty regarding fixtures taking place this week since every game in the UK at every level — from Premier League to grassroots — was postponed across last Friday, Saturday and Sunday as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. That meant Chelsea’s west London derby against Fulham, which had been scheduled for the Saturday, was called off.
There has been greater concern also with fixtures taking place in London this week due to logistical issues. The capital is expecting a record number of visitors wanting to pay their respects at the late Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19.
Therefore, there are increased safety concerns, with police officers likely to be redeployed at short notice to help manage the state funeral. It is expected to be one of the largest police operations in the history of the country.
The EFL announced the resumption of midweek fixtures on Monday, with the only two London-based fixtures being Championship side Millwall’s game against Queens Park Rangers and the League One tie between Charton Athletic and Forest Green Rovers.
Alongside Chelsea, several other British sides are also due in action this week in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.
Rangers’ Champions League fixture against Napoli has been put back 24 hours to Wednesday due to the police operation in Scotland but Liverpool will host Ajax on Tuesday. Manchester City also host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
Europa League and Europa Conference League ties involving Manchester United, West Ham and Scotland’s Hearts on Thursday, are set to go ahead as it stands. Arsenal’s fixture against PSV Eindhoven, however, has been postponed.
The Premier League is scheduled to play its final round of games before the last pre-World Cup international break this weekend.
There are two other Premier League matches scheduled to take place in the capital next weekend. On Saturday, Tottenham Hotspur are scheduled to host Leicester City and Brentford are slated to play against Arsenal on Sunday, before Chelsea were due to face Liverpool in the late kick-off.
With the Liverpool game due to be moved, it is the second successive league match that has been cancelled for Chelsea, after their fixture against Fulham was postponed on the weekend.
All the postponed football games following Queen’s death
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