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Newcastle’s first match of the season is to be moved

7 years ago

The first match of the season, Newcastle v Southampton, is to be moved.

With the TV meddling by Sky and BT Sport still some weeks away, typical of Newcastle fans luck that they land the fixture that is guaranteed to be moved regardless of TV interference.

Finishing seventh last season, Ronald Koeman’s side will enter the Europa League at the third qualifying round stage, needing to win a two leg tie to qualify for the group stages of that competition.

Last season’s performances put Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United into the Champions League tournament, while Tottenham, Liverpool and West Ham (qualified via position in the Fair Play tablw) join Southampton in the Europa League.

Their Europa League involvement means that Southampton’s first competitive game of the 2015/16 season will now be on 30 July, before the second leg on 6 August.

So with Newcastle drawing Southampton to play at home on 8 August, only two days after that Europa League second leg, it is guaranteed that the Saints will ask for that opening Premier League game to be moved back a minimum of 24 hours.

Typical, Newcastle fans already inconvenienced without a ball being kicked or even the TV moguls playing their hand!

To see a full list of Newcastle United’s Premier League fixtures go HERE.


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