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11 Newcastle fixtures in 43 days to decide United’s season

6 years ago

There are now 11 [intlink id=”191″ type=”page”]Newcastle fixtures [/intlink]in 43 days which will very likely decide the season, one way or the other.

Stretching well into January, the only midweek when United don’t have a match will be between the two tough matches against Chelsea and Arsenal.

United have the following schedule and I have a feeling Alan Pardew might be reminding us just once or twice about the congested programme.

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Naturally we have normally retired from the League Cup long before now so that would have taken one off the agenda;

Nov 29  West Ham (A)

Dec 02  Burnley (A)

Dec 6    Chelsea (H)

Dec 13  Arsenal (A)

Dec 17  Spurs (A – League Cup QF)

Dec 21  Sunderland (H)

Dec 26  Manchester Utd (A)

Dec 28  Everton (H)

Jan 01  Burnley (H)

Jan 3/4 FA Cup 3rd Round

Jan 10  Chelsea (A)

Due to the ridiculous way football works (or doesn’t…) these days, Newcastle United and the fans have already had to endure three international breaks in three months, with a decent proportion  of those matches not even competitive games.

So while United now face 11 Newcastle fixtures (including cup games) in only 43 days, in the first 104 days of the season Newcastle will have completed only 12 Premier League games.

So it works out at around one league match every nine days or so, then Newcastle and many other teams are faced with this crazy month and a half of a game every few days.

Little thought ever appears to be given to the impact on supporters and especially those who have to travel, whether it is to away games, or supporters who live away from the area. The time and expense in a congested period making life difficult no doubt for many fans.

After that January 10 match against Chelsea I think we will have a very good idea of how our season is set to pan out.

If only I could shut my eyes and open them to find we were still in fifth and in both Cups…


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