The Premier League have informed Newcastle United that four of their upcoming fixtures have been rearranged with either new dates or rescheduled kick-off times.
Instead of playing Derby County at St James’ Park on December 22, the match will now take place at 2pm on December 23rd. Thatâ€™s a vital game for Newcastle because we need to hammer Derby after they beat us at Pride Park on September 17th in our worst performance of the season.
Newcastleâ€™s home game with Manchester City, which was scheduled for New Year’s Day, will now be played on January 2nd with a 7.45pm kick-off. Thatâ€™s another revenge game for Newcastle and hopefully weâ€™ll be able to take all 3 points.
It has also been announced that the home game against Arsenal, which was cancelled early in the season because of Arsenalâ€™s European Champions League commitments, will now take place on December 5th with a 7.45pm kick off. That should be a great game against probably the best side to watch in the league.
Finally, the game against Fulham at Craven Cottage on December 15th has been put back to a 5.15pm kick-off.
Of course most of these changes are to accommodate the TV, with the Premier League now being a top global TV attraction for football fans around the world. Unfortunately these changes donâ€™t help the fans one little bit.
In summary here are the four rescheduled games, and each one of them is live on TV except the Manchester City home fixture:
Wednesday 5th December 2007
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Kick off 7:45pm – Live on Sky
previously 15th August 2007 – kick off 7:45pm
Saturday 15th December 2007
Fulham v Newcastle United
Kick off 5:15pm – Live on Setanta
previously 15th December 2007 – kick off 3:00pm
Sunday 23rd December 2007
Newcastle United v Derby County
Kick off 2:00pm – Live on Sky
previously Saturday 22nd December 2007 – kick off 3:00pm
Wednesday 2nd January 2008
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Kick off 7:45pm
previously Tuesday 1st January 2008 – kick off 3:00pm