Tough December, crazy NYD trip, first day, last & more – Newcastle United's Premier League fixtures analysed
I know plenty will tell you ‘everyone plays everyone, once at home, once away’ – but there’s nothing like the Premier League fixture release day to get the juices flowing for the campaign that lies ahead.
And there are some interesting takeaways from Newcastle United’s 2021/22 offering – here’s your key dates for the coming top flight campaign.
First day – the return of fans?
How nice would it be to imagine a full St James’ Park on the opening day of the Premier League season. It would be the first since the start of 2020.
While capacity guidance and restriction changes remain an unknown – clubs and the top flight are waiting on Government guidance – it is known West Ham United will be heading to SJP on the first day, which is slated as Saturday, August 14.
The same fixtures from the opening day last season has been flipped on its head. United won that one 2-0 courtesy of Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick..
Last day – another potential nail-biter
Looking at the form of the two clubs over the last couple of seasons, Burnley v Newcastle United could easily be one of those games where one or both ‘needs something’ from the last day of the campaign.
Here’s to hoping it’s not United looking over their shoulders.
Boxing Day – Christmas treat
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brings his Manchester United side to Tyneside on Boxing Day as a little bit of a Christmas treat for the Magpies faithful.
The side who finished the campaign in second place last season coming to town always ups the atmosphere at St James’ Park – and this one will be no different, particularly in the midst of the festive season.
Tough December – the horror month
Things don’t get much tougher than what United have been served up in the month of December.
It starts off steady with Norwich City away and then Burnley at home (On December 1 and 4 respectively) before it gets crazy, even by Newcastle standards.
Leicester City (a) is up on December 11, four days later United face Liverpool (a) and then Manchester City and Manchester United at home on December 18 and 26 before a trip to Everton on December 28.
New Year’s Day – fan horror but here’s hoping
It is a horror fan trip to Southampton on NYD this year, but here’s hoping fans will be allowed to make the long, long trip to the south coast. While hopes are high, there are no guarantees at this stage.
Run in – things get tough
Between April 2 and May 15, United take on Tottenham Hotspur (a), Wolverhampton Wanderers (h), Leicester City (h), Norwich City (a), Liverpool (h), Manchester City (a) and Arsenal (h).
Much like last season, things look set to get tough in the business end of the Premier League campaign for the Magpies, before it eases up on the final day.
Points on the board in the run up to April looks set to be key for Newcastle.