High-flying champions Chelsea will arrive in Hong Kong next summer to headline the English Premier League Barclays Asia Trophy safe in the knowledge their visit will not cause any scheduling upheavals in Asia. Chelsea's presence in the bi-annual tournament is part of their Asian tour next year and organisers are assured of a packed Hong Kong Stadium on July 27 and 29, the two match days for the four-team competition that also includes Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Hong Kong's league champions this season. 'Do you remember the scenario last year when this tournament was played in Beijing, when Manchester United were also on their Asian tour at the same time? It won't happen next year,' Paul Kam, chairman of ProEvents Group, the local organisers, said. Kam was referring to the controversy caused by visits to Asia by Manchester United and Liverpool coinciding with the Asia Trophy in Beijing. Tottenham, Hull, West Ham and Beijing Guoan played in front of poor crowds because fans watched the two English giants at home on TV. It even led to criticism from the Asian Football Confederation, which at the time accused the top English teams of mercenary values, and forced Manchester United's game in Beijing to be shifted to Hangzhou. But by netting defending Premier League champions Chelsea, organisers are assured a full house at Hong Kong Stadium on both days, leaving Hong Kong Football Association chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak rubbing his hands in glee. Richard Masters, EPL's director of sales and marketing, was confident. 'This is by far the strongest line-up we have brought for the EPL Barclays Asia Trophy,' he said yesterday. 'In fact this is the first time the defending champions are playing in this tournament. 'This is the second time this tournament will be played in Hong Kong,' he said. 'We were made so welcome in 2007 that it was an easy decision to bring the event back.' Held every two years, the Asia Trophy is the only Premier League-affiliated competition held outside England. This is the fifth Asia Trophy, the others having been held in Kuala Lumpur (2003), Bangkok (2005), Hong Kong (2007) and Beijing (2009). The John Terry-led Chelsea will begin their Asia tour next summer on July 17. Their first stopover will be in Malaysia where they will play an exhibition game on July 22 in Kuala Lumpur followed by a second game in Bangkok two days later. Kam said: 'We have had long ties with Chelsea, going as far back as 1997 when they first visited Hong Kong. As such we worked out a plan which wouldn't cause any problems like what happened last year.' Leung felt the fans were likely to turn out in their thousands to watch the champions as well as Aston Villa and Blackburn. 'We expect it to be profitable. I'm confident we will get good crowds.' At the 2007 tournament, more than 75,000 fans filled Hong Kong Stadium on the two match days to watch Liverpool, Fulham, Portsmouth and local representatives South China in action, bringing in gate receipts of HK$15 million. Tickets prices will average about HK$200 and organisers are expecting a better return than last time.