Town took a point off both teams in the final week last season, but will once again face a battle if they are to start the upcoming campaign in a similar way to last season.
The Premier League season
Town are in for a tough start to the campaign, but there's plenty to think about beforehand.
Here are the dates to look out for over the next 50 days before Town are back under way in the top flight.
July 6 : First TV fixtures announced
July 10 : Bury (A) pre-season friendly
July 14 : Accrington Stanley (A) pre-season friendly
July 15 : World Cup final
July 21 : Interwetten Cup pre-season tournament
July 25 : Lyon (H) pre-season friendly
July 28 : Austria training camp begins
August 4 : Town return from Austria
August 5 : Community Shield
August 9 : Transfer window closes
August 11 : Chelsea (H) in the Premier League (*subject to TV selections)