Champions Chelsea start at Swansea

June 17, 2015
By: Deke Hardman

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Premier League Champions Chelsea will begin their title defence at home to Swansea City.

The Blues, who won the league by eight points, have the best record of any team on the opening day of the Premier League having lost just three of their twenty-three games, winning fifteen while their last first game defeat was seventeen years ago.

Swansea beat Manchester United on the opening day of the 2014/15 campaign, having lost to the same opposition twelve months earlier, and will be keen to take the momentum gained from their best ever top-flight season into this fixture.

The home win can be backed at 1.33 (3/10) with Bet 365, with the visitors a 12.0 (11/1) chance with Ladbrokes. The draw is a 5.0 (4/1) shot with Betfair.

Last season’s runners-up Manchester City, who are unbeaten in their last six opening fixtures, begin at West Bromwich Albion who have won just one of their nine first games in a Premier League campaign while their 6-0 thumping by Chelsea in 2009 remains a record game one defeat.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are priced at 1.67 (4/6) with Coral, with Bet Victor offering 6.25 (21/4) for the away victory, and the draw 4.2 (16/5) with Ladbrokes.

Slaven Bilic’s first game in charge of West Ham United will be at the home of FA Cup finalists Arsenal, Liverpool will attempt to make amends for their 6-1 thrashing by Stoke City on the final day of last season as they return to the Britannia Stadium while arguably the game of the weekend happens at Old Trafford where Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur.

Championship winners Bournemouth kick off their first campaign in the top flight at home to Aston Villa, while Watford travel to Everton and Norwich City welcome Crystal Palace to Carrow Road.

Elsewhere, Leicester City face Sunderland at the King Power Stadium while Southampton travel to Newcastle United as former England boss Steve McClaren makes his bow as manager of the North East side.

Chelsea are currently favourites to once again finish first at 2.5 (6/4) with a variety of firms, ahead of Manchester City, who are widely available at 3.75 (11/4).

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