We kick off the season at the Reebok stadium against Bolton on August 11th â€“ so itâ€™s Big Sam against Little Sam in our first game.
Isnâ€™t fate strange?
Let’s take a look at the crucial first six games and see how we are likely to do.
The fixture list has just been released and after Bolton we play Arsenal for our first home game on 15th August – followed by Aston Villa at home on the following Saturday.
Our first crucial six games – which we need to do well in to get off to a good start – are as follows – with our predicted result:
Team Venue Result Bolton A Win Arsenal H Draw Aston Villa H Win Middlesbrough A Win Wigan H Win Derby A Draw
Thatâ€™s 14 points from the first six games!
The Middelsbrough game could be a little difficult for us – but after happened at the Riverside Stadium last year – when they scored the only goal minutes from time – we need a good result there next season.
Hereâ€™s a way we can judge how we are doing in our pursuit of a top six place next season.
Letâ€™s assume we get no points home or away against the top four teams â€“ Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
For all the other fifteen teams letâ€™s assume we win at home and draw away – so in effect we get four points from the other fifteen teams..
This will give us 60 points by the end of the season and we can gauge – at any time in the season – how we are doing against this criteria – which will give us the needed 60 points to get at least a top six place..
For example in the above six fixtures using this scheme we should have the following results â€“ Draw, Loss, Win, Draw, Win, Draw â€“ so that would be 9 points â€“ so if we do indeed get 14 points weâ€™d be at +5 points against the criteria after the first six games. What do you think of this ?
You can see all of Newcastle’s fixtures on our official site at http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Fixtures/0,,10278,00.html.