Confirmed: Full Swansea City 2015/16 Premier League fixture list - Tough match to start for Monk's men

Swansea Liberty Stadium

Garry Monk will be looking to get the Swans off to a good start, though the fixture list hasn't been kind on the opening day of the season.

Next season's Premier League fixtures have been revealed and Swansea City have been given the possible toughest start on August 8, coming up against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side.

Swansea are entering their fourth straight season in the Premier League, and under the third boss to have managed them in the top flight, they made significant progress last season.

Former player Garry Monk led the South Wales club to both their highest ever points total (56) and their highest ever finish of 8th position.

With the club already having secured Marseille star Andre Ayew on a free transfer, there are encouraging signs that the Swans can build on that, as they try to replicate the likes of Southampton by getting in and amongst the Premier League's well established top six clubs.

And Swansea couldn't hope for tougher bookends to the season, with an opening day match away to Champions Chelsea (August 8) and a last game of the season hosting runners up Manchester City (May 15).

August

8 Chelsea (a)

15 Newcastle United (h)

22 Sunderland (a)

29 Manchester United (h)

September

12 Watford (a)

19 Everton (h)

26 Southampton (a)

October

3 Tottenham Hotspur (h)

17 Stoke City (h)

24 Aston Villa (a)

31 Arsenal (h)

November

7 Norwich City (a)

21 Bournemouth (h)

28 Liverpool (a)

December

5 Leicester City (h)

12 Manchester City (a)

19 West Ham United (h)

26 West Bromwich Albion (h)

28 Crystal Palace (a)

January 2016

2 Manchester United (a)

12 Sunderland (h)

16 Watford (h)

23 Everton (a)

February

2 West Bromwich Albion (a)

6 Crystal Palace (h)

13 Southampton (h)

27 Tottenham Hotspur (a)

March

1 Arsenal (a)

5 Norwich City (h)

12 Bournemouth (a)

19 Aston Villa (h)

April

2 Stoke City (a)

9 Chelsea (h)

16 Newcastle United (a)

23 Leicester City (a)

30 Liverpool (h)

May

7 West Ham United (a)

15 Manchester City (h)

Back to the opening month of the campaign, after their trip to Stamford Bridge, the Swans will host Steve McClaren in his first away game as Newcastle manager (August 15), before a trip to Sunderland (August 22), and then another difficult game against Manchester United at home to round off the month. (August 29)

Swansea of course beat United home and away last season, and Monk will have to inspire his players to a similar level if they are to improve on last season's league placing.

Other stand out games see both Spurs (October 3) and Arsenal (October 31) visit the Liberty Stadium in the same month, a trip to Liverpool at the end of November (28th), and visiting Manchester City early in December (12th).

There are few months that are without tough opposition, though later March, where they face promoted duo Norwich (at home on 5th) and Bournemouth (away on 12th), as well as Newcastle (at home on 19th) might be a good chance to put a run together.

The club's Boxing Day match sees them take on West Brom at home, but things get tougher in their New Year game, when they face Manchester United away.

The rest of their season has tough games spread out, though Swansea are set for a long spell in North London, visiting Tottenham (February 27) and then Arsenal (March 1) in successive matches at the end of February, before hosting both Chelsea (9th) and Liverpool (30th) in April.

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