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Chelsea opens EPL defense vs Swansea, Man United hosts Tottenham on opening weekend

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LONDON — Chelsea will begin its English Premier League defense against Swansea, while Manchester United hosts Tottenham on the opening weekend in August.

The fixtures for the 2015-16 campaign were released on Wednesday, less than a month after Chelsea collected the league trophy.

Chelsea, which is at home on the weekend of Aug. 8-9, routed Swansea 5-0 in their last meeting in January. But on the second weekend, Jose Mourinho's side travels to Manchester City, which finished second last month after being deposed as champion by Chelsea.

City starts at West Bromwich Albion.

At United, Louis van Gaal is trying to deliver the team's first title since 2013 under Alex Ferguson. After hosting Tottenham in its first match, United plays Aston Villa, Newcastle, Swansea, then Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sept. 12.

Liverpool has an immediate chance to avenge a 6-1 loss at Stoke on the final day of last season, after being selected to go back to the stadium to start the new campaign.

Slaven Bilic's first match as West Ham manager will be at Arsenal, which finished third last season, while new Newcastle manager Steve McClaren opens against Southampton.

PHOTO: Chelsea soccer manager Jose Mourinho waits for the start of the men's singles tennis match between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov at Queen's tennis championship in London, Tuesday June 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Chelsea soccer manager Jose Mourinho waits for the start of the men's singles tennis match between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov at Queen's tennis championship in London, Tuesday June 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Bournemouth starts its first-ever topflight campaign with a home match against Aston Villa. Fellow newcomer Watford is at Everton, and playoff winner Norwich hosts Crystal Palace.


Here is a look at when the most anticipated head-to-heads are, with dates subject to change:

CHELSEA-ARSENAL: Sept. 19, Stamford Bridge; Jan. 23, Emirates Stadium.

CHELSEA-MANCHESTER UNITED: Dec. 28, Old Trafford; Feb. 6 Stamford Bridge.

CHELSEA-MANCHESTER CITY: Aug. 15, Etihad Stadium; April 16, Stamford Bridge.

MANCHESTER UNITED-MANCHESTER CITY: Oct. 24, Old Trafford; March 19, Etihad Stadium.

MANCHESTER UNITED-LIVERPOOL: Sept. 12, Old Trafford; Jan. 16, Anfield.

MANCHESTER UNITED-ARSENAL: Oct 3. Emirates Stadium; Feb. 27, Old Trafford.

ARSENAL-TOTTENHAM: Nov. 7, Emirates Stadium; March 5, White Hart Lane.

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