Yes, it’s a very tough first eight games for Newcastle, but then through the end of the year, we have a much easier time of it – at least on paper.
That’s the good news.
The only top six side we play before the end of the year after the first 8 games is Liverpool – at Anfield on Boxing Day.
There are different ways to look at it.
If we can get a decent points total after the first eight games, we could do really well before the end of the year.
Mauricio Pochettino – Magpies play at home to Spurs in the first game – again
But things very rarely turn out the way you expect them to.
Apart from Liverpool, the Christmas fixtures are relatively easy although we do have Manchester United at home on New Year’s Day.
Hopefully, we can get a second successive win in that fixture.
And in the final six games of the season, we only play one top six side – Liverpool at home – so the run-in looks a reasonably easy one – on paper.
Rafa will now be looking through the fixture list, and we should be hearing from the manager shortly.
The tough start should get the Newcastle hierarchy hard at work this summer supporting Rafa so he can strengthen the Newcastle side for next season.
The very last thing we want is another fight against relegation.
That would be too depressing for words.
Newcastle must have a good season and better than last season.
Here’s the fixture list.
August 11 – Tottenham Hotspur (H)
August 18 – Cardiff City (A)
August 25 – Chelsea (H)
September 1 – Manchester City (A)
September 15 – Arsenal (H)
September 22 – Crystal Palace (A)
September 29 – Leicester City (H)
October 6 – Manchester United (A)
October 20 – Brighton (H)
October 27 – Southampton (A)
November 3 – Watford (H)
November 10 – Bournemouth (H)
November 24 – Burnley (A)
December 1 – West Ham United (H)
December 5 – Everton (A)
December 8 – Wolves (H)
December 15 – Huddersfield Town (A)
December 22 – Fulham (H)
December 26 – Liverpool (A)
December 29 – Watford (A)
January 1 – Manchester United (H)
January 12 – Chelsea (A)
January 19 – Cardiff City (H)
January 30 – Manchester City (H)
February 2 – Tottenham Hotspur (A)
February 9 – Wolves (A)
February 23 – Huddersfield Town (H)
February 27 – Burnley (H)
March 2 – West Ham United (A)
March 9 – Everton (H)
March 16 – Bournemouth (A)
March 30 – Arsenal (A)
April 6 – Crystal Palace (H)
April 13 – Leicester City (A)
April 20 – Southampton (H)
April 27 – Brighton (A
May 4 – Liverpool (H)
May 12 – Fulham (A)