Newcastle United Fixtures Give Every Chance Of Early Success
Looking at the Newcastle United fixtures just released, I can’t help but put my positive hat on for a moment – even though it hasn’t been a great fit for quite some time.
If, and it might be a big IF, Newcastle could get themselves sorted out this summer and Mike Ashley realised what a great club and potential success (on and off the pitch) he has under his control…
Then the opening fixtures have fallen really kindly for Newcastle, a bit similar to when Fat Sam claimed how brilliant he’d done in the early games, due largely to not having to play any of the better teams.
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Once Newcastle get the opening day defeat by City out of the way, the next seven matches are a gift in terms of getting points on the board before NUFC face Spurs and Liverpool.
16 Aug 2014 3pm Manchester City (H)
23 Aug 2014 3pm Aston Villa (A)
30 Aug 2014 3pm Crystal Palace (H)
13 Sep 2014 3pm Southampton (A)
20 Sep 2014 3pm Hull City (H)
27 Sep 2014 3pm Stoke City (A)
04 Oct 2014 3pm Swansea City (A)
18 Oct 2014 3pm Leicester City (H)
Even then the following four matches after that difficult two game spell, sees United face West Brom, QPR , West Ham and Burnley before moving into a difficult December spell against the better teams and Sunderland
So out of fourteen matches, there are only three against clubs that regular feature near the top of the league.
A normal club would look at that set of fixtures and look at how to attack that set of games.
Last season proved yet again that the Premier League isn’t really all that great when you scratch below the surface.
With 11 very winnable matches out of the first 14, Newcastle could easily do even better than where they got to at the same stage last season.
On 3rd December last season, Newcastle had racked up 23 points, with the right attitude and investment that could easily be repeated or bettered. There would then be yet another opportunity to kick on from there.
It is never too late for ambition to strike home at St.James’ Park but the odds look stacked against it. The reverse of course could see Newcastle in a desperate state if this relatively easy early fixture list isn’t taken advantage of, then when we hit the more difficult matches then the rot will be inevitable.
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