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UEFA Super Cup triggers alteration of Premier League schedule

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Chelsea is scheduled to play against Indonesia on Thursday in a friendly match as part of their Asia Tour 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)


Premier League fans will be getting an extra match to watch during the opening week of the 2013-14 season as Chelsea’s clash with Aston Villa has been rescheduled.

The match, originally set to be played on Saturday, August 31st, will now kick-off ten days earlier on August 21st as the Blues UEFA Super Cup match against Bayern Munich has been scheduled for Saturday, August 30th. The Super Cup will be a tasty fixture as former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho will face off against ex-Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola.

The Premier League schedule change means that Chelsea, who open the season on August 18 against Hull City, will play two home matches in four days before making their way to Old Trafford for a titanic clash with Manchester United on August 26th.

For Aston Villa, the altered schedule means they face three of last season’s Top 7 clubs in seven days. The Villains open their season at Arsenal on August 17th before heading to Stamford Bridge on the 21st and wrapping up the week at home against Liverpool on the 24th.