English Premier League is here! Chelsea FC are here! Jose Mourinho certainly is here!
Team Chelsea FC 360 is also here with the preview for one of the most awaited season openers of the last few years.

Jose Mourinho, the self-proclaimed “Special One”, now re-incarnated as “The Happy One” among scores of Chelsea fans makes his well-publicized & eagerly anticipated return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have strengthened with a couple of signings & a number of loanees returning to the folds of the first team. Supporters expect a lot from the young but immensely talented squad in the up-coming season.

Chelsea will begin their domestic campaign against the recently promoted Hull City who finished runners-up in 2012/13 Championship.

Let us take a look at all the information you might need before the kick-off.

DATE & TIME: August 18, 2013 at 11:00 am EDT; August 18, 2013 at 03:00 pm GMT; August 18, 2013 at 04:00 pm BST; August 18, 2013 at 04:00 pm WAT; August 18, 2013 at 05:00 pm CAT; August 18, 2013 at 06:00 pm EAT; August 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm IST.

VENUE: Stamford Bridge, London, United Kingdom.

TV/STREAMING NEWS: Chelsea TV will stream the game live. The match will be telecast live on Fox Sports 1 in Australia, Sky Sport 2 in Germany, Star Sports in India, Canal+ 1 in Spain, Al Jazeera Sport HD1 in UAE, Sky Sports 1/HD & BBC One in UK, NBC Sports Network in USA.

CHELSEA FC SQUAD NEWS:  Chelsea have the complete first team squad at their disposal with none of the players suffering from a serious injury. Mourinho is expected not to start some of the players who took part in the international friendlies this Wednesday. Schuerrle has already mentioned he won’t be playing the whole 90 minutes. Frank Lampard who did not get much game time in pre-season might also start on bench.
Predicted Starting XI(4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Terry(C), Cole, Ramires, Marco van Ginkel, Mata, Hazard, KDB, Lukaku.

HULL CITY AFC SQUAD NEWS: Steve Bruce has brought in a number of players in various positions this summer, in the process of making Hull a competent Premier League squad. Most of the new signings are expected to start. Hull have got some experienced

Premier League campaigners in the likes of Tom Huddlestone(who is joined by former Tottenham team-mate Jake Livermore), Elmohamady, Danny Graham & Figueroa. Steve Quinn is out with hamstring injury. Bruce being a decent manager, Hull City are no pushovers and will look to make an impression when they travel to Stamford Bridge.
Predicted Starting XI(4-3-3): McGregor, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Figueroa, Huddlestone, Brady, Koren, Aluko, Sagbo, Graham

REFEREE: Jonathan Moss. [Matches: 23; R: 1; Y: 68]


v  The first league visitors to Stamford Bridge, 108 years ago, were Hull City.

v  Chelsea have won 44 points on the opening day fixtures in the Premier League era; more than any other side.

v  Chelsea won the league the last time they faced Hull in the first match at The Bridge in 2009/10 season.

IN A NUTSHELL: Chelsea, with their huge array of talent on display, are expected to win this. With the prospect of facing Aston Villa & Manchester United in the next week, the Blues must start strong.

Hull will try to contain the Chelsea attack & hit them on counter. The approach Jose Mourinho adopts while selecting his deep midfield will be interesting to watch, as it may hold the signals to future. With the Chelsea manager still hopeful of acquiring Rooney, how the frontline fares will make an intriguing back-drop to the remaining of the transfer season. All said & done, as Mourinho has mentioned time & again during the pre-season that points are all that matters, the time has arrived for Chelsea to acquire three points.

And now the countdown begins.….3….2…1..

  1. Anonymous says

    I thought mata and luiz were doubtful with injury?

  2. Michael Lukwesa says

    This is what matter to grab 3point on every we play

  3. DavidCFC9 says

    In my opinion, We should not expect a very strong line -up at the start of the game.

  4. Anonymous says

    Firstly..super sport 3 will show the match in africa..secondly luiz and mata aint starting. Thirdly we r going to win….

  5. mr fantasy pl says

    Need a full update of the lineup please

  6. Hope says

    Start to a new era. I see Chelsea winning 3 – 1

  7. Jeff says

    update on the formation

  8. Vaakmeisster says

    I predict 5-nil. My only annoyance is that the match is on sunday and not today. I can’t wait.

  9. Eng frank. frm kilgoris kenya. says

    I canj jxt wait, sunday is too far ooh..! am seing lukaku scoring the first and the last goals 2moro.. the line up is promising… up chelsea.. up blues.

  10. Victor Nelson says

    I love all chelsea pls make ur fans happy at the opening matche again hull city tomorrow from Victor Nelson.

  11. Martin, Norway. says

    We have to start the season well.

  12. Anonymous says

    I love chelsea I hope we will grap 3 points.

  13. Anonymous says

    I Love chelsea

  14. Maira says

    I like how Bobby Hull dresses up in his uifnorm to go to the breakfast table. I’m sure he’s got his skates on too. Probably goes to bed like this as well. Why not? Saves time having to change all the time.

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