Title contenders: Assessing 2015-16 Premier League schedule for the big boys

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With the schedule for the 2015-16 Premier League season released, it is now time to start dissecting where each club can pick up points.

[ RELATED: Full 2015-16 schedule ]

Getting off to a flying start was key for Chelsea in winning the 2014-15 PL title but just as important as the start is the busy festive campaign and the final five games of the season. So let’s take a look at those pivotal stretches for each of last season’s top four.

Chelsea face Man City away in the second week of the season and have Arsenal at home in their sixth game, while City have that game against Chelsea but then five very winnable games to start off the campaign. Arsenal face Liverpool and Chelsea in their first six matches, while Manchester United seem to have the easiest of the schedules for the title contenders with home games against Spurs and Liverpool their toughest tests in the opening six matches of the season.

In the festive season Chelsea face Man United on Dec. 28 at Stamford Bridge, Man City have Arsenal the week before Christmas and the Gunners face a tricky trip to Southampton on Boxing Day. As for the end of the season the final five games look rather favorable for Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United, while Man City face Arsenal, Chelsea and Saints in their final five outings.

Here’s a look at the pivotal stretches of games for Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. What do you make of the fixtures?

Chelsea

Swansea (H) – Aug. 8
Man City (A) – Aug. 15
West Brom (A) – Aug. 22
Crystal Palace (H) – Aug. 29
Everton (A) – Sept. 12
Arsenal (H) – Sept. 19

Sunderland (H) – Dec. 19
Watford (H) – Dec. 26
Man United (A) – Dec. 28
Crystal Palace (A) – Jan. 2

Man City (H) – Apr. 16
Bournemouth (A) – Apr. 23
Tottenham (H) – Apr. 30
Sunderland (A) – May 7
Leicester (H) – May 15

Manchester City

West Brom (A) – Aug. 8
Chelsea (H) – Aug. 15
Everton (A) – Aug. 22
Watford (H) – Aug. 29
Crystal Palace (A) – Sept. 12
West Ham (H) – Sept. 19

Arsenal (A) – Dec. 19
Sunderland (H) – Dec. 26
Leicester (A)- Dec. 28
Watford (A) – Jan. 2

Chelsea (A) – Apr. 16
Stoke (H) – Apr. 23
Southampton (A) – Apr. 30
Arsenal (H) – May 7
Swansea (A) – May 15

Arsenal

West Ham (H) – Aug. 8
Crystal Palace (A) – Aug. 15
Liverpool (H) – Aug. 22
Newcastle (H) – Aug. 29
Stoke (A) – Sept. 12
Chelsea (H) – Sept. 19

Man City (A) – Dec. 19
Southampton (A) – Dec. 26
Bournemouth (H) – Dec. 28
Newcastle (H) – Jan. 2

Crystal Palace (H) – Apr. 16
Sunderland (A) – Apr. 23
Norwich (H) – Apr. 30
Man City (A) – May 7
Aston Villa (H) – May 15

Manchester United

Tottenham (H) – Aug. 8
Aston Villa (A) – Aug. 15
Newcastle (H) – Aug. 22
Swansea (A) – Aug. 29
Liverpool (H) – Sept. 12
Southampton (A) – Sept. 19

Norwich City (H) – Dec. 19
Stoke (A) – Dec. 26
Chelsea (H) – Dec. 28
Swansea (H) – Jan. 2

Aston Villa (H) – Apr. 16
West Ham (A) – Apr. 23
Leicester (H) – Apr. 30
Norwich City (A) – May 7
Bournemouth (H) – May 15