Manuel Pellegrini's side, who claimed a second title in three
seasons, have been handed a tough start to their campaign, hosting
Liverpool in the second week, followed a fortnight later by a trip
to Arsenal and then a home fixture against Chelsea.
Chelsea travel to newly promoted Burnley on the first day of the
season, Aug. 16, followed by a home match to Championship winners
Leicester City, who start life in the top-flight at home to Everton.
The other promoted side, Queens Park Rangers, host FA Cup runners-up
Hull City in their first match, while Tottenham Hotspur will seek
revenge for three defeats to West Ham United last term when they
travel to east London on opening day.
Last season's runners-up Liverpool host Southampton in Ronald
Koeman's first match in charge, while fellow Dutchman Louis van
Gaal's Manchester United host Swansea City.
Manchester City host Southampton on May 24, the final day of the
season, while Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea host
Sunderland, Manchester United travel to Hull and Liverpool visit
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Opening day fixtures: Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Burnley v Chelsea,
Leicester City v Everton, Liverpool v Southampton, Manchester United
v Swansea City, Newcastle United v Manchester City, Queens Park
Rangers v Hull City, Stoke City v Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion
v Sunderland, West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur (all matches 1500
local time and are subject to change).
(Reporting by Josh Reich; Editing by John O'Brien)
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