The impact of the fixture list.

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The new fixture list has been announced and fans up down the country will be picking out the away games they are going to and Sky Sports will be looking at which games they will make money from and how much profit they will gain.

Perhaps most importantly it gives football fans a chance to look at the impact of the fixture list and how it could effect their team during the season. Usually you get a group of games against ‘strong’ teams here, then a run of few so-called ‘easy’ games there. Call it a quirk of the way the fixture list is ‘randomly’ worked out if you like. You can view the full fixtures for NUFC here

It has to be said that Arsenal at home is a very exciting fixture to kick start your campaign with, and following the previous encounter at St. James’ Park, this will be the one to watch.

We will kick off on a high after bringing in new signings and coming off the back of a tremendous first season back in the Premier League when 5-0, 5-1 and 6-0 voctories featured along with a 4-4 comeback against these very opponents.

However Arsenal will kick off after a campaign in which they were the only side in all four top competitions in March only to be knocked out of three of them in the space of two weeks. They lost the title race in dreadful fashion suffered defeat to Aston Villa to sign off their season, and to top it all their skipper in the form of Cesc Fabregas wants out to a side named Barcelona. Arsenal are there for the taking and it could be a three pointer which not many teams might pick up in the latter stages of the season.

A trip to Sunderland follows in which last season’s game saw us dominate and a last minute goal salvage a point for them. But on this fixture I think we may not be as strong as last season but can definitely snatch a win. Let’s just hope that the players remember the importance of this game to us!

With Fulham, QPR, Villa, Blackburn and Wolves in succession we might have a chance of picking up a run of good form in what is a very evenly spread fixture list. Depending on the result against Sunderland, it could go either way.

The next two fixtures Tottenham and Wigan (both at home) gives us a chance to stop Tottenham from playing the football they want, like we did at St. James’ last season, and also a chance to claim points off a poor Wigan side which escaped the drop for the 6th time in 6 years last season.

The following games against Stoke, Everton, Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea are all very difficult and points here and there will be pleasing, but the most pleasing thing will be all these fixtures are on Saturday’s, allowing our team to be fully fit every week.

As the fixture list goes on it continues to be evenly spread, this will create a completely different scenario to last season as poorer teams will struggle more finding it difficult to pick up any form. For example, take a look at Blackpool, fair play to them, but it all became too much when they had difficult opponents for the last 6 games or so.

On the 3rd March we will host Sunderland, and lets hope we can follow our heroics of last year by beating the Mackems and send them on a poor run of form towards the run-in.

Once again Sunderland and Arsenal are back to back as we travel to The Emirates on the 10th March in a game which could help decide the Premier League title, you never know, maybe for us πŸ˜‰

After some more evenly spread fixtures we go away to Everton on the last game of the season. This is not a pleasing sign as Everton tend to peak in the latter stages of the campaign and hopefully we will have enough points by then to achieve a respectable position no matter the outcome of the last game.

In conclusion, the fixtures have been spread evenly and this should help the stronger sides. I believe we are now one of the ‘stronger’ sides and this year weak teams may be relegated earlier on as they find it difficult to find any run of form.

The fixture list isn’t packed with games, yet, so the new foreign signings can settle into life in the Premier League without it being as gruelling as previous years.

But what’s most important is, what opinions do you have on the fixture list?

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86 thoughts on “The impact of the fixture list.

  1. Big Dave/N.I.- sorry to report that we’ve decided to ban your countrymen from participating in OUR Open Championship in future years…


  2. N. Irish-nee worries mate I’m not that thick πŸ˜€

    Ice- :mrgreen: can’t help it mate, its all doon sooth ta me like πŸ˜†


  3. Well I’ve booked my flights from Sydney, Australia. Now just hope to absolute god I can get a ticket for the Newcastle vs Blackburn game on Sept 24.


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