Trip to Arsenal to Start Premier League Campaign
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 17 Jun 2015 13:46:00
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The 2015/16 fixtures were released this morning and just like last season, when West Ham United came up against Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park, they face another derby game but this time around, they make the trip to North London as Arsenal provide Slaven Bilic's first test as a Premier League manager when the action gets underway on the weekend of August 8.

Leicester City are the first team to kick-off the final season at the Boleyn Ground, as they arrive in East London on August 15 with newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth, making the same journey a week later.

August ends with another tough test as the Hammers look to end a 52-year run without a win at Anfield on the 29th.

September sees Bilic take his side to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City on the 19th before last season's play-off winners Norwich City make the trip to the East End on the 26th.

The end of October sees two London derbies take place; the first of which is on the 24th, when last season's Champions Chelsea travel across the capital, while the final day of the month provides a trip to Vicarage Road, as the Irons face the last of the newly-promoted clubs, Watford.

Apart from the club's first season back in the top-flight in 2012/13, during Sam Allardyce's time as West Ham manager, we had a pretty decent record at White Hart Lane. How will Bilic fair? The answer will be revealed on November 21.

December starts with a trip to a place where last season West Ham were unlucky not to bring a point back home with them, as the team heads to Old Trafford to tackle Manchester United on the 5th.

Home games with Stoke City and a trip to Wales to face Swansea City come up before the busy festive period gets underway and this year, the Hammers have to travel to Villa Park on Boxing Day, before being back in East London for the visit of Southampton two days later.

Just like the start of the campaign, the Hammers face a tough opening to 2016 and they will hope to kick-off the New Year by repeating last season's home success over Liverpool.

There is a break for the FA Cup third-round before the Premier League reconvenes with a midweek fixture programme and for the Irons, its a trip to the Vitality Stadium for the reverse fixture against AFC Bournemouth.

Saturday 23 January is another big day at Upton Park as Manchester city are the opponents, before a midweek home game against Aston Villa on 2 February.

The last weekend in February sees Sunderland travel down to London before a special night under the lights at Upton Park is scheduled for the following Tuesday against Spurs.

In a repeat of last season, the Hammers face a run of four consecutive London derbies beginning in mid-March and going into April with Watford's trip to Upton Park on the 19th kicking it all off. Then the Hammers venture West to Stamford Bridge; a home game with Crystal Palace follows, before the run ends on the 9th with the reverse fixture against Arsenal.

April also provides a visit from Manchester United, while it is sure to be an emotional day on May 7, as the curtain comes down on 111 years at Upton Park with the visit of the Swans, while the season is rounded off with an away game at Stoke City a week later.

Before the domestic action kicks off however,, the focus turns to the Hammers' involvement in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. They will find out their opponents when the draw is made on Monday.

Full details of that, as well as all of the Premier League fixtures, can be found on the clubs official website at www.whufc.com.
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