In the first eight games of the season we play each of the top four clubs in the league table last season – the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal – and that’s a really difficult start for us after we finished last season like a team headed for the Championship.
In fact we play six of the top eight teams in the league last season in those first eight games with Southampton and Swansea our first two games.
Lat season we got 3 points form those four fixtures.
Here are the first eight games of the season.
August Sun 09 13:30 H Southampton Sat 15 15:00 A Swansea City Sat 22 12:45 A Man United Sat 29 12:45 H Arsenal September Mon 14 20:00 A West Ham United Sat 19 15:00 H Watford Sat 26 17:30 H Chelsea October Sat 03 15:00 A Man City
Watford were not in the PL last season but in those other 7 fixtures we lost five of them and got 4 points last season – a win at home to Chelsea and a draw at Swansea City.
It’s difficult to see us getting many points out of those games, and our best chance of wins are at home to Watford and away at West Ham, although it would be great to start off with 3 points against Southampton on Sunday – but that will be tough.
It’s a very difficult start for the Magpies, and we’ll get some idea of how good we are next season with our results against the top four clubs in England, and all by the beginning of October.
The very last thing we want is to have a bad start like we did last season when we gained only 4 points and no wins in the first 7 games.
How many points do you think we can get in our first eight games?