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English Premier League 5 key opening day facts

Ahead of the opening day of the 2015/16 English Premier League, these are five facts about the opening day

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  play Chelsea will look to start their title defence with a win (AP)
  play Wayne Rooney has scored six goals on the EPL opening day games (Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff)

The English Premier League is here again and the excitement is getting thicker ahead of the opening day on Saturday, August 7.

These are five quick facts about the EPL opening day to wet our appetite.

Chelsea:

No defending champion have lost on the opening day of the EPL.

This is good omen for Chelsea who will be hosting Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho is however sweating over the fitness of his main striker, Diego Costa who is struggling with a hamstring injury.

Mourinho's team has also not been on form of late, losing to Arsenal 0-1 in the 2015 Charity Shield before losing to fiorentina in a pre-season friendly.

Wayne Rooney:

No player in the EPL has more opening day goal than Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

Rooney has scored six goals so far on the  opening day and will look to be on target as Manchester United host Tottenham in Saturday lunch time fixture.

He will leading the line for Louis van Gaal's men due to the glut of midfielders in the team right now.

Arsenal:

  play Arsenal have only lost one opening day game since the turn of the century (Getty Images)

 

No EPL club have lost fewer number of opening day matches more than Arsenal since the turn of the century.

The Gunners have only lost one opening day fixture-1-3 against Aston Villa in 2013-and will be looking to continue with that record when they host West Ham at the Emirate on Sunday, August 9.

Everton:

  play Martinez will be working on plugging the holes in his defence (REUTERS/Rebecca Naden)

 

Everton has conceded the most goals (35) on the opening day of the EPL suffering their heaviest defeat (1-6) against Arsenal  in 2009.

They will aim to avoid such situation again as they are facing newly promoted side Watford on Saturday.

Manchester City:

  play Man City will hoping Aguero fires them to the title (Getty Images)

 

The eventual winners of the EPL for the last five season have started their campaign on a Monday night.

Manchester City will be happy to be in that position as they will be taking on West Brom away on Monday night.

Manuel Pellegrini's men will be looking to continue with this trend as they aim to wrestle the title away from Chelsea.

Full EPL Matchday 1 Fixtures:

Saturday,  August 8

12:45 Man United Vs Tottenham

3:00 Everton Vs Watford

3:00 Bournemouth Vs Aston Villa

3:00 Leicester City Vs Sunderland

3:00 Norwich City Vs Crystal Palace

5:30 Chelsea Vs Swansea City

Sunday, August 9

1:30 Arsenal Vs West Ham

1:30 Newcastle Vs Southampton

4:00 Stoke City Vs Liverpool

Monday, 10 August

8:00 West Brom Vs Man City

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