With the Newcastle United fixtures for our Championship campaign of 2016/17, I have looked through them month by month and given my best guesstimate of the points we are likely to pick up each calendar month.

Feel free to agree/disagree below….

As a guide, the clubs that have finished in the second guaranteed promotion spot over the course of the last seven years are as follows, right back to when West Brom finished runners-up to Newcastle:

89 points 2015/16 Middlesbrough

89 points 2014/15 Watford

93 points 2013/14 Burnley

79 points 2012/13 Hull City

88 points 2011/12 Southampton

84 points 2010/11 Norwich

91 points 2009/10 West Brom

The Newcastle United fixtures 2016/17

AUGUST (Prediction 10 points)

Aug 5 Fulham (a)

Aug 13 Huddersfield Town (h)

Aug 17 Reading (h)

Aug 20 Bristol City (a)

Aug 27 Brighton and Hove Albion (h)

SEPTEMBER (Prediction 8 points)

Sep 10 Derby County (a)

Sep 13 Queens Park Rangers (a)

Sep 17 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)

Sep 24 Aston Villa (a)

Sep 28 Norwich City (h)

OCTOBER (Prediction 11 points)

Oct 1 Rotherham United (a)

Oct 15 Brentford (h)

Oct 18 Barnsley (a)

Oct 22 Ipswich Town (h)

Oct 29 Preston North End (a)

NOVEMBER (Prediction 6 points)

Nov 5 Cardiff City (h)

Nov 19 Leeds United (a)

Nov 26 Blackburn Rovers (h)

DECEMBER (Prediction 12 points)

Dec 3 Nottingham Forest (a)

Dec 10 Birmingham City (h)

Dec 13 Wigan Athletic (a)

Dec 17 Burton Albion (a)

Dec 26 Sheffield Wednesday (h)

Dec 31 Nottingham Forest (h)

JANUARY (Prediction 7 points)

Jan 2 Blackburn Rovers (a)

Jan 14 Brentford (a)

Jan 21 Rotherham United (h)

Jan 28 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)

FEBRUARY (Prediction 12 points)

Feb 1 Queens Park Rangers (h)

Feb 4 Derby County (h)

Feb 11 Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)

Feb 14 Norwich City (a)

Feb 18 Aston Villa (h)

Feb 25 Bristol City (h)

MARCH (Prediction 7 points)

Mar 4 Huddersfield Town (a)

Mar 7 Reading (a)

Mar 11 Fulham (h)

Mar 18 Birmingham City (a)

APRIL (Prediction 15 points)

Apr 1 Wigan Athletic (h)

Apr 5 Burton Albion (h)

Apr 8 Sheffield Wednesday (a)

Apr 15 Leeds United (h)

Apr 17 Ipswich Town (a)

Apr 22 Preston North End (h)

Apr 29 Cardiff City (a)

MAY (Prediction 3 points)

May 7 Barnsley (h)

Working on my guess work, I make it 91 points from the 46 matches which based on those previous seven seasons would just about see Newcastle safe. Only Burnley (2013/14) with 93 points and West Brom (2009/10) with 91, have managed to match or beat that total when finishing second.

Of course it is very much the unknown and players that we buy or sell could play a major part in improving Newcastle’s chances or sending them the other way.

Whichever way you look at it, it is a long and busy season.

Would be nice to think Rafa Benitez can get us up to that 102 points total Chris Hughton achieved back in 2009/10, here’s hoping.

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