The wait is over. It's back. The Barclays Premier League makes its eagerly awaited return this weekend as the 2015-16 season kicks off. Sky Sports is the place to be to keep on top of the action, with the first four of 116 Barclays Premier League fixtures set to be shown exclusively live this weekend. 

Sky Sports' coverage of the new season will begin at the home of the reigning champions. Chelsea host Swansea at Stamford Bridge as José Mourinho's side begin the defence of their Premier League crown live on Ford Saturday Night Football. The Blues cruised to the title last season, but are sure to be aware of the need for a quick start this term with new and improved challenges expected from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United

Less than 24 hours later, the first Ford Super Sunday will feature the clash between London rivals Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium as well as Liverpool's trip to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. New Hammers boss Slaven Bilic faces a tough opening examination of his credentials as he takes on the league's current longest serving manager, Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman - entering his 20th season as the manager of Arsenal - is targeting his first league title triumph since 2004 and is likely to feel he has major chance of doing so with former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech now in his ranks. 

Later that afternoon, Brendan Rodgers' new-look Liverpool side begin life without Steven Gerrard at the place they ended last season in disarray. The Reds were thumped 6-1 by Stoke - their worst defeat in Barclays Premier League history - on the final day of last season, with captain Gerrard's swansong well and truly dampened. Liverpool new boys James Milner, Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino will aim to get their side's season off to a flyer. 

The first Ford Monday Night Football of the new season will see Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City travel to The Hawthorns to face Tony Pulis's West Bromwich Albion. City ended last season trophyless, with their poor away form a deciding factor in that result. A fast start in the Midlands could quickly banish those bad memories. 

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