Double Gameweek One For Chelsea & Villa Confirmed

by Phil McGrath on July 25, 2013

The Premier League have this afternoon confirmed both Chelsea and Aston Villa will now start the season with a double Gameweek 1. With Mourinho’s Chelsea set to face Bayern in the Uefa Super Cup Final on Friday August 30, their home game against Villa, which was initially scheduled for Saturday August 30, has now been shifted to Wednesday August 21.

This news will certainly bring Chelsea’s fantasy premier league prospects to the forefront of our minds,especially bearing in mind the Blue’s welcome Hull to the Bridge on the opening weekend of the season.

Huge investment is now expected to come Chelsea’s way, though Fantasy managers will be mulling over a couple of recent Mourinho comments as they assess just who to splash their budgets on.

The Blues boss admitted Spain’s match in Ecuador, which takes place on August 14, may be a factor in his line-up for the Hull game

“The players who go for their national teams two days before the opening of the Premier League, it depends a lot on that. Some have to go to Ecuador and come back and arrive in London on Saturday without having slept after a 15-hour flight to train on Saturday morning.

“The team will be decided game after game and week after week. I will have to think about two or three matches at the same time.”

Doubling up on Chelsea looks a viable tactic, but a trip to Old Trafford  in Gameweek 2, followed by a blank fixture the following week, also has to be factored into the equation.

For Villa, though, the appeal of a double is significantly lessened, bearing in mind they travel to Arsenal prior to the Stamford Bridge showdown – those eyeing up Christian Benteke, may be a little cautious given the fixtures, though the uncertainty surrounding the Chelsea forwards certainly indicates the Belgian looks the most nailed-on of any double Gameweek striker.