Wednesday’s 2015/16 Premier League fixtures release has revealed that it is Everton who face the toughest opening to the campaign.
The Toffees will have to take on eight of last season’s top-ten in their opening 10 games, with the first against Southampton away on August 15th, before taking on Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Swansea City in a testing start.
They then take on West Bromwich Albion, before another tough run against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal close out their opening 10 games. Thankfully for Roberto Martinez’s men, they face all but one of last season’s top-four at home.
Manchester United will face a similarly tough start as they take on Tottenham on the opening day, as well as facing Swansea, Liverpool, Southampton, Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City in their opening 10 games, with the first Manchester derby to be played at Old Trafford.
Tottenham have it just as hard as they face the visit to Old Trafford on the opening day, before then having to take on Stoke City, Everton, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Swansea and Liverpool.
Newly-promoted Watford will also face a difficult start to life in the Premier League as they travel to Everton on the opening day, before taking in games against Southampton, Manchester City, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Stoke. Thankfully for them, their games against both Arsenal and Manchester City come at home.
Beyond that, there are several teams bracing themselves for a tough start, although Liverpool will not be the envy of many as they face a daunting set of away games, starting with Stoke, where they were beaten 6-1 on the final day of last season.
They then take on last season’s top five in their next six away trips, including a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, all of which could see the Reds having to play catch up come the autumn. Luckily, a kind run of home fixtures may prove the saving grace for Brendan Rodgers.