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Premier League 2015/16 fixtures announced – season kicks off on Saturday 8 August

Chelsea are the reigning champions.

The 2015/16 Premier League will feature Bournemouth, Norwich City and Watford

On Wednesday 17 June, the 2015/16 Premier League fixtures will be unveiled, with champions Chelsea the bookmaker favourites to retain their title.

Jose Mourinho’s team claimed the league at a canter last season and the manager claims that the team could be even better this time around, with betway offering a best price 6/4 about Chelsea winning again.

Diego Costa will remain as first-choice striker at Stamford Bridge despite being linked to a return to Atletico Madrid, while the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic make the Blues’ midfield simply first-class.

Mourinho will want to enjoy the same sort of fast start that saw Chelsea steal a march on Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United last season, with none of this trio able to get close enough to the champions to form a serious title assault.

Costa is likely to be among the division’s top scorers again, with the Spanish international second only to Sergio Aguero in the charts last term despite missing several matches through injury and suspension.

Manchester City are second favourites and will look to improve on last season’s showing both domestically and in Europe. Aguero is probably the most lethal front man in England, with the Argentine getting an extended break thanks to his Copa America participation.

Manuel Pellegrini remains in charge at the Etihad Stadium although will know that nothing less than the league title will be enough for the club’s ambitious owners.

The same applies to Louis van Gaal at Manchester United who will be anxious to avoid his team’s slow start of last season which saw them lose 2-1 at home to Swansea, draw 0-0 at Sunderland and lose 5-3 at Leicester within the first few weeks of the season.

Angel Di Maria was a notable disappointment at Old Trafford last term and it will be interesting to see if Robin van Persie is retained at the club, although the team’s form during the second half of the campaign suggests a title tilt is a realistic ambition.

Arsenal could be the other contenders, with Arsene Wenger bullish that he can land at least one more Premier League title before stepping down. Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere could be like having two new signings if they can remain fit for the Gunners, while defensively there is plenty to like about this team.

Liverpool will continue with Brendan Rodgers who will seek to strengthen the Reds, with Steven Gerrard no longer leading out the team and there will be hope that Daniel Sturridge is robust enough to feature next term.

Whether Raheem Sterling remains on the books is a matter for discussion, with Manchester City having already had a bid rejected by the Merseyside club at the time of writing. Perhaps an improved offer will secure his services.

Bournemouth, Norwich City and Watford will dine at the top table of English football next season, with all three teams forecasted to be battling against relegation after QPR and Burnley lasted just one year in the Premier League.

However, Leicester’s Great Escape will fill the new teams with confidence that they can finish above three other sides in the league and it might be that Sunderland, West Ham, Newcastle and the Foxes are vulnerable.

PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES 2015/16

Saturday 8th August 2015
Arsenal v West Ham
Bournemouth v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Swansea
Everton v Watford
Leicester v Sunderland
Man Utd v Tottenham
Newcastle v Southampton
Norwich v Crystal Palace
Stoke v Liverpool
West Brom v Man City

Saturday 15th August 2015
Aston Villa v Man Utd
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Liverpool v Bournemouth
Man City v Chelsea
Southampton v Everton
Sunderland v Norwich
Swansea v Newcastle
Tottenham v Stoke
Watford v West Brom
West Ham v Leicester

Saturday 22nd August 2015
Arsenal v Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Everton v Man City
Leicester v Tottenham
Man Utd v Newcastle
Norwich v Stoke
Sunderland v Swansea
Watford v Southampton
West Brom v Chelsea
West Ham v Bournemouth

Saturday 29th August 2015
Aston Villa v Sunderland
Bournemouth v Leicester
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v West Ham
Man City v Watford
Newcastle v Arsenal
Southampton v Norwich
Stoke v West Brom
Swansea v Man Utd
Tottenham v Everton

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