The Premier League fixtures were announced on Wednesday and everybody from Rafa Benitez to individual Newcastle fans and pundits have been having their say.

Much debate about how the games have fallen for Newcastle United, especially with a good start often being a massive factor in having a successful season.

These are the opening half dozen fixtures, which take us up to the end of September before we then face Liverpool in the seventh match on the final day of the month, so we asked Newcastle fans how many points they think Rafa’s team will get from the first possible 18.

12/08/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (h)

19/08/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town (a)

26/08/2017 15:00 West Ham United (h)

09/09/2017 15:00 Swansea City (a)

16/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City (h)

23/09/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)

The half dozen opening games see Newcastle only face one club (Tottenham) from the Premier League’s top seven last season and eighth placed Southampton, along with two clubs from the bottom half of last season’s Premier League and two who were relegated.

Thanks to everyone who voted and this is how Newcastle fans believe the opening six matches will work out:

Number of points Newcastle fans think the team will get out of the first possible 18:

18 – 4%

16 – 2%

15 – 3%

14 – 4%

13 – 5%

12 – 12%

10 – 16%

11 – 13%

9 – 14%

8 – 11%

7 – 6%

6 – 6%

5 – 2%

4 – 1%

3 – 1%

2 – 0%

1 – 0%

0 – 0%

Looking at the figures above, 66% of Newcastle fans think it will be somewhere between eight and twelve points, the most popular being ten (16%) and nine (14%).

Yes, those deluded Newcastle fans are at it again!

Taken into account the level of the opposition, the aim surely has to be to take at least nine or ten points from these opening matches.

Looking at each of the six games: I would say realistically we’d be looking for a point from Spurs, to go and hopefully beat Huddersfield, win against West Ham at home, anything from the trip to Swansea being a bonus – considering how we have usually struggled there, to beat Stoke at home, then for Southampton we face a similar trip to the Swansea one.

Of course we should go into every match aiming for a win and as the last Premier League season showed, you can win or lose any match, Newcastle of course beating Spurs home and away, yet failing to beat a woeful rock bottom Villa in either of the two matches.

The full 2017/18 schedule:

12/08/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (h)

19/08/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town (a)

26/08/2017 15:00 West Ham United (h)

09/09/2017 15:00 Swansea City (a)

16/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City (h)

23/09/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)

30/09/2017 15:00 Liverpool (h)

14/10/2017 15:00 Southampton (a)

21/10/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace (h)

28/10/2017 15:00 Burnley (a)

04/11/2017 15:00 Bournemouth (h)

18/11/2017 15:00 Manchester United (a)

25/11/2017 15:00 Watford (h)

28/11/2017 20:00 West Bromwich Albion (a)

02/12/2017 15:00 Chelsea (a)

09/12/2017 15:00 Leicester City (h)

13/12/2017 19:45 Everton (h)

16/12/2017 15:00 Arsenal (a)

23/12/2017 15:00 West Ham United (a)

26/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City (h)

30/12/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion (h)

01/01/2018 15:00 Stoke City (a)

13/01/2018 15:00 Swansea City (h)

20/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City (a)

31/01/2018 19:45 Burnley (h)

03/02/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace (a)

10/02/2018 15:00 Manchester United (h)

24/02/2018 15:00 Bournemouth (a)

03/03/2018 15:00 Liverpool (a)

10/03/2018 15:00 Southampton (h)

17/03/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (a)

31/03/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town (h)

07/04/2018 15:00 Leicester City (a)

14/04/2018 15:00 Arsenal (h)

21/04/2018 15:00 Everton (a)

28/04/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion (h)

05/05/2018 15:00 Watford (a)

13/05/2018 15:00 Chelsea (h)

On the eve (Tuesday 13 June) of the fixtures being released, Sky Sports revealed that fans of Premier League clubs will have to wait at least two and a half weeks after today’s’s fixture release, before being able to plan the first two months of the season.

Sky Sports say it will be ‘early July’ when they confirm the Premier League live TV games, with presumably BT Sport announcing their August/September live games at the same time.

Other important/not so important dates in your diary for the meantime:

15 June – New (2017/18) Newcastle United replica kit goes on sale

19 June – Season tickets on sale for seats currently vacant

26 June – Closing date for Season Ticket holders to renew

Early July – Sky Sports say Live TV games will be  announced ‘Early July’ for fixtures in August and September, with BT Sport presumably announcing their choices at the same time as normal.

3 JulyNewcastle squad returns for pre-season training

22 July – First team friendly at Preston – 3pm kick-off

26 July – First team friendly at Bradford – 7.30pm kick-off



  • Wor Lass

    That first game is going to be massive. If we can put in a good performance against the runners-up and get anything out of it we`ll be off and running. If we get spanked it could be problematic. It`s impossible to predict really, though, because noone has a clue as to who we might be able to pick from.

    • Rich Lawson

      Agree.We just need a good start to get up and running,anything but a defeat would be great.

  • Mumbles

    Asking how many points an unknown team can produce isn’t going to inform anyone of anything.

    That aside, can we please talk about this hand-wringing inadequacy you keep reinforcing Jackie? This ‘deluded’ thing really has hit a nerve with some fans, and the only way to overcome it is if you stop giving it so much attention.