Tough 5 Games in 15 Days For Newcastle To Start Season

Newcastle were drawn against Greek side Atromitos  in the fourth qualifying round of the Europa League yesterday, and Newcastle will face a very tough start to the season, with 5 games in the first 15 days.

Alan Pardew – tough games against Athens based side

Three of the games are against tough Premier League opposition in Tottenham, Chelsea and Aston Villa, and sandwiched in between those are the two ties with the Greek Super League side.

Newcastle are currently scheduled to play the first leg in Greeece on Thursday, August 23rd, just two days before we meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and the first five games of the season look very tough for Newcastle.

Sat 18th Aug KO 17:30TottenhamSt. James' Park, Newcastle
Thurs 23rd AugAtromitosPeristeri Stadium, Athens, Greece
Sat 25th Aug KO 17:30ChelseaStamford Bridge, London
Thurs 30th AugAtromitosSt. James' Park, Newcastle
Sun 2nd Sep KO 16:00Aston VillaSt. James' Park, Newcastle

It would have been a little easier if Newcastle had been drawn first out of the hat yesterday, because then the game on 23 rd August would have been at home, but now Newcastle have to travel back from Greece after the game, and then get to Chelsea for the Premier League game on Saturday.

Alan Pardew will have to use his squad well for the those two games in particular.

But now that Newcastle know their opponents they will trying to rearrange that first fixture in Athens, but they know the Chelsea game cannot be moved since they’ve already tried to do that.

Newcastle tried to moved the London game to the Sunday, but that clashed with the Notting Hill Festival and the request was denied,  but they will now try to move the game in Athens to the Tuesday or Wednesday .

Newcastle have already drawn with the Greek Super League Champions  Olympiacos in pre-season,  and Atromitos finished joint 3rd on points,  but in 4th place because of goal difference.

Certainly Alan Pardew doesn’t think the ties are going to be easy as he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site after the draw was made:

“It’s be a hard game, for sure.” “You don’t finish fourth in your league unless you’ve got something going on so they’re obviously on the up.”

“It’s a tough journey which is going to take a little bit away from us. Certainly coming back from there to go to Chelsea on a Saturday is not ideal.”

“I’m sure the fans will enjoy it.” “Athens is a fantastic city so it’ll be great to see the Geordies rumbling around there.”

It’s not only that Newcastle have 5 games in 15 days, but those two ties are very important if Newcastle are going to continue to the group stages of the Europa League.

But the other way to look at it is that successful teams play a lot more games in a season,  and those clubs will invariably have to play a number of games in a short time space fairly regularly, and that’s why it’s so important to have a strong squad.

Wonder when those three new players are going to arrive at Newcastle?

But it doesn’t look like they will arrive soon enough to help us in the very tough first two weeks of the season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • fkthemackems

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Need some reinforcements ASAP

  • kilcline

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #2

    This is why we need to be patient, we will sign 3 players at least to be ready for a long hard season.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #3

    I think if nothing happens early next week then we have signed the players for this season.

    That will be the sad truth and it is going to be a tough season. Lets jsut hope we stay clear of any major injurie 🙂

    Knock on wood!

  • ToonMauritius

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Hearing good news, Ajax have accepted our bids for Anita, but that not final

  • bambams

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Cannot see the management allowing all these extra games without bringing in new players, you just have to hope they are playing hard ball knowing if it does not work they will pay the extra fiver to sign them

  • ashwin say's

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6

    toon mauritius where do you heard that
    care to share

  • ashwin say's

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #7

    toon mauritius where do you heard that
    care to share

  • JayToon4life

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #8

    whos going to the cardiff game today????…got my ticket and cant f****n wait….shame I have to sit with the cardiff fans but…still good all the same!!!

  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Lukaku is off to the Baggies on loan for the season!!
    Why didn’t we go after him?
    Surely he woulda come to us over them

  • Expat MAG

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Hi Toon Mauritius @ 4; where did you hear this news about Anita?

    We need a CB this transfer window as Colo and Taylor will not play every game and Wilo is not in my opinion a first team starter although decent squad player….

  • studsy

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Seen Atromitos’ coach’s record? He is like a Greek Sir Alex!

    Bajevic won the Greek title with AEK Athens in 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1994, while he also led Olympiacos to the crown in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2005. He has won four Greek Cups, one with AEK Athens, two with Olympiacos and one with PAOK Salonika.

    This is the record of someone who knows what he is doing.

  • studsy

    Aug 11, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #12

    And all that while having eggs and mopeds thrown at him and being punched in the face! lol

  • fkthemackems

    Aug 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Study’s, ah well we might as well just send the second string out as you have already resigned to us being knocked out,,,,, ffk sk man it’s Greek football you pr@k,,,, not a chance of us not progressing you manc cu@t

  • DaveD1000

    Aug 11, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #14

    @6 @9 it’s all over twatter this am
    “Dutch press reporting #NUFC have made improved €8million offer for Ajax’s Vurnon Anita.” but its all “reported” and “Heard” believe it when you see him in the shirt

  • PompeyJohn

    Aug 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyone know any bars in Sydney where I can watch Newcastle play on Sat night (0230 Australian time)?

  • Graeme

    Aug 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    The fixtures could be reversed if the Greeks agree; Eufa would then approve it. It would mean giving up home advantage in the 2nd leg, but it could be done if needed.

  • thepict

    Aug 11, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    I always thought teams that played in Europe played their league game on the. Sunday ?


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