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