Bournemouth to face Villa on opening day

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June 17, 2015 09:28:36 UK

Eddie Howe guided Bournemouth to promotion last season.

Bournemouth have been handed a home match against Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

Eddie Howe’s side clinched promotion to the top-flight of English football for the first time in their history by securing a top-two spot in the Championship in the 2014/15 season.

The Cherries are 2.10 be relegated in the 2015/16 campaign and 2.62 to be the top newcomers.

Norwich City, who beat Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final last month, will play Crystal Palace at Carrow Road when the new season gets underway in just over seven weeks’ time.

Watford, who return to the Premier League after an eight-year absence, travel to Merseyside to take on Everton at Goodison Park on the weekend of 8th and 9th August.

Chelsea will begin their Premier League title defence with a home game against Swansea City and Jose Mourinho’s side are 2.50 to win the 2015/16 title outright.

Manchester City, who finished second last season, travel to West Brom, while Manchester United face Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Arsenal host West Ham United, while Liverpool visit Stoke City in a repeat of the game on the final weekend of the 2014/15 campaign, which the Potters won 6-1.

Newcastle United, who only just avoided relegation last term, play Southampton, who will be featuring in the Europa League in 2015/16, while Leicester City host Sunderland.

Opening weekend Premier League fixtures:

Arsenal v West Ham
Bournemouth v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Swansea City
Everton v Watford
Leicester City v Sunderland
Manchester United v Tottenham
Newcastle United v Southampton
Norwich City v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Liverpool
West Brom v Manchester City

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