Premier League new season: Champions Chelsea start against Swansea

Reuters , Wednesday 17 Jun 2015

Champions Chelsea begin the defence of their title at home to Swansea, while runner-up Manchester City kick off at West Bromwich

Premier League trophy 2015
Chelsea players celebrate with Premier League trophy (Photo: Reuters)

Bournemouth's first ever top-flight fixture will be at their humble south coast seaside home when they host former European champions Aston Villa in the Premier League on the weekend of Aug. 8-9.

The Cherries, close to liquidation in 2008, follow up their opener with a trip to Liverpool a week later, according to the 2015-16 fixtures released on Wednesday.

Champions Chelsea begin the defence of their title at home to Swansea City, while runner-up Manchester City kick off at West Bromwich Albion.

With 12 wins from their last 13 opening-day fixtures Chelsea boast the best record in the league. They visit Manchester City on the second week of the season.

Arsenal, who finished third last season, host Slaven Bilic's West Ham United in an all-London opener, as Manchester United, whose opening to the season will be complicated by a Champions League playoff tie, take on Tottenham Hotspur at home.

Liverpool will get an immediate opportunity to avenge a 6-1 loss to Stoke City on the final day of last season with a return to the Britannia Stadium on the opening weekend.

The Premier League season starts a week earlier than last season because of the Euro 2016 Championship next June.

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