Football: Chelsea start EPL title defence with home stand against Swansea

Chelsea will start the defence of their English Premier League title with a home game against Swansea when the 2015/16 season gets under way on Aug 8.
Chelsea will start the defence of their English Premier League title with a home game against Swansea when the 2015/16 season gets under way on Aug 8.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea will start the defence of their English Premier League title with a home game against Swansea when the 2015/16 season gets under way on Aug 8.

Next season's calendar, released on Wednesday, gives Liverpool a chance to banish memories of their 1-6 drubbing at Stoke City on the final day of last season, as they return to the Britannia on day one of the new campaign.

Another highlight of the opening weekend is Tottenham's visit to Manchester United. Manchester City start out at West Brom, while Arsenal kick-off against new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic at the Emirates.

Promoted Bournemouth begin life in the top flight at home to Aston Villa, with fellow newcomers Watford and new manager Quique Sanchez Flores at Everton.

Play-off winners Norwich host Crystal Palace. Elsewhere on day one, Steve McClaren - one of three new bosses - starts out as Newcastle manager against Southampton at St James' Park and Leicester are at home to Sunderland.