AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his Cherries squad has to improve to survive a second season in the Premier League.
The Premier League have announced the initial fixture dates for the new 2016/17 campaign.
AFC Bournemouth kick off the new season at Dean Court against Manchester United.
The game will be Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge.
AFC Bournemouth will then become the first visitors to West Ham United’s Olympic Stadium, during the second round of fixtures.
Southampton make the short trip through the New Forest and into Dorset in December, before AFC Bournemouth make the trip back to St Mary’s on April Fools Day for both sides shortest trips of the season.
The Cherries end the campaign away to the current Premier League champions Leicester.
Following the fixture release, Howe told the Daily Echo…
“…You tend to get a little picture of how your season may potentially unfold. We have been looking forward to them coming out. I remember it being an exciting time last year and I feel no different this year.
‘Manchester United will be a tough start but I am mindful that every game in the Premier League is difficult. It is not lost on me the quality of teams we are going to play and the occasions we are going into.
“I think it is going to be a much tougher league next season. You only have to look at the calibre of managers and players coming into the Premier League. It has never been a more attractive league.
“We will have to improve and get the balance of the squad right. But I see no reason why we can`t be very competitive and look to put together a really good team…’
For the full fixture list visit afcb.co.uk.
The Alchemist wrote…
Generally on first impressions (and yes we have to play everyone twice), that looks a much better split of fixtures than last year. Doesn’t appear to be a run of 6/7 games where we have little chance of picking up anything.
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