Along with the rest of the Premier League, the Sunderland fixtures were released on Wednesday morning.

The opening PL weekend sees the mackems getting beat at Manchester City and no doubt our Sunderland friends will be praying that Newcastle get Burton Albion up first, just to emphasise exactly at what respective levels the two clubs will be competing come August.

Newcastle fans have to wait for next Wednesday (22 June) for the Championship schedule but in the meantime, there are a few clues given by the Sunderland fixtures.

With Sunderland away on the first Premier League weekend (Saturday 13 August) of the season, it is fair to assume that Newcastle will be at home that weekend.

Taking that to a logical conclusion, it looks nailed on that on the first Championship weekend of the season (Saturday 6 August), United will kick off their campaign away from home.

Two other dates of special interest see the Mackems away on 26 December (Man Utd) and 31 December (Burnley), so when it comes to the festive season it looks like decent news for Newcastle fans with games set to be at St James Park on Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

As a guide to when Newcastle are likely to be home/away throughout the season, these are the scheduled dates for Sunderland this coming season.

August 13 3pm Manchester City (A)

August 20 3pm Middlesbrough (H)

August 27 3pm Southampton (A)

September 10 3pm Everton (H)

September 17 3pm Tottenham Hotspur (A)

September 24 3pm Crystal Palace (H)

October 1 3pm West Bromwich Albion (H)

October 15 3pm Stoke City (A)

October 22 3pm West Ham United (A)

October 29 3pm Arsenal (H)

November 5 3pm Bournemouth (A)

November 19 3pm Hull City (H)

November 26 3pm Liverpool (A)

December 3 3pm Leicester City (H)

December 10 3pm Swansea City (A)

December 13 7.45pm Chelsea (H)

December 17 3pm Watford (H)

December 26 3pm Manchester United (A)

December 31 3pm Burnley (A)

January 2 3pm Liverpool (H)

January 14 3pm Stoke City (H)

January 21 3pm West Bromwich Albion (A)

January 31 7.45pm Tottenham Hotspur (H)

February 4 3pm Crystal Palace (A)

February 11 3pm Southampton (H)

February 25 3pm Everton (A)

March 4 3pm Manchester City (H)

March 11 3pm Middlesbrough (A)

March 18 3pm Burnley (H)

April 1 3pm Watford (A)

April 4 7.45pm Leicester City (A)

April 8 3pm Manchester United (H)

April 15 3pm West Ham United (H)

April 22 3pm Arsenal (A)

April 29 3pm Bournemouth (H)

May 6 3pm Hull City (A)

May 13 3pm Swansea City (H)

May 21 3pm Chelsea (A)

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