In total, Premier League clubs will travel 115,913 miles in pre-season for their friendly warm up matches.

Some big variations/differences between the various clubs though.

At one end of the spectrum you have Chelsea travelling 19,868 miles before the Premier League kicks off again.

Then at the other end you have Leicester City only clocking up 518 miles in total (all club totals listed below).

In fact there is a very clear split between seven clubs at the top end (for miles) and the rest.

The top seven travellers are the ‘big six’ and Southampton, Liverpool the lowest of these seven with 9,012 miles.

The ‘big six’ don’t do this for the love of it obviously, it is all about bringing in more and more money. Appearance money for playing prestige friendly matches, growing further their global support, plus reinforcing/creating commercial partnerships. Southampton are up there because they are off to China, clearly in connection with the fact that is where their owners are from.

From Liverpool with 9,012 miles of travel in seventh, it is a massive drop to Huddersfield (2,981 miles) in eighth, followed then by Newcastle United in ninth (2,742 miles).

Newcastle’s biggest proportion of miles due to a trip to Portugal to pay Porto and Braga, plus visits to Hull and Dublin (to play St Patrick’s Athletic).

Looking at the start of the season, Newcastle fans on the lookout for positives can see some early on…

Whilst the transfer window is looking a nightmare for Newcastle and Rafa Benitez, there is a possible double positive.

The early fixtures handed Newcastle games against Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal in the opening five matches.

Those clubs not only have numerous players taking extended holidays after World Cup duty, they are also four of the six clubs with the most miles in pre-season to travel.

Tottenham for example had 12 players out in Russia at the World Cup and nine of them were involved right up until the final weekend for the final and third/fourth place game.

Spurs are also travelling four times further than Newcastle for friendlies, playing Barcelona, Roma and AC Milan in America, as well as a trip to Spain for a game with Girona.

Chelsea are the second visitors to Newcastle and they are the very top travellers with almost twenty thousand miles.

The fixture list early on looked daunting, and still does, but if Rafa Benitez has his team perfectly primed, early matches against the top teams could just possibly be turned to our advantage. A few more signings would also help…

Newcastle United’s first five matches of the Premier League season:

Saturday 11 August

Newcastle v Tottenham 12.30pm (Sky)

Saturday 18 August

Cardiff v Newcastle 12.30pm (Sky)

Sunday 26 August

Newcastle v Chelsea 4pm (Sky)

Saturday 1 September

Man City v Newcastle 5.30pm (BT Sport)

Saturday 15 September

Newcastle v Arsenal 3pm

How far each Premier League club will travel in pre-season as collated by The Mail:

19,868 miles – Chelsea

15,846 miles – Arsenal

14,890 miles – Man Utd

11,817 miles – Southampton

11,809 miles – Tottenham

9,945 miles – Man City

9,012 miles – Liverpool

2,981 miles – Huddersfield

2,742 miles – Newcastle United

2,476 miles – Everton

2,312 miles – Bournemouth

1,976 miles – West Ham

1,961 miles – Cardiff

1,608 miles – Crystal Palace

1,570 miles – Brighton

1,346 miles – Watford

1,326 miles – Wolves

1,102 miles – Fulham

808 miles – Burnley

518 miles – Leicester

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