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Newcastle United fans fear Palace game set to move for TV with only two weeks notice

3 years ago

Newcastle United fans have been left wondering if they are going to be victims of the TV companies yet again.

The Magpies are scheduled to host Crystal Palace at 3pm on Saturday 6 April.

The club announced tickets would go on sale at 12 noon today (Monday 18 March).

However, it is now 2.30pm as I write this and still no tickets available to buy.

To add to the worries, Crystal Palace still haven’t put tickets on sale to their supporters, even though the trip north is due to happen only two weeks this Saturday.

This is how the Premier League schedule currently looks for that weekend…

Friday 5 April

Southampton v Liverpool

Saturday 6 April

Bournemouth v Burnley (3pm)

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City (3pm)

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace (3pm)

Sunday 7 April

Everton v Arsenal (2.05pm)

Monday 8 April

Chelsea v West Ham United (8pm)

Wolves, Watford, Man City and Brighton getting through to the FA Cup semi-finals, means all four of their Premier League matches have been postponed that weekend. Which is where there could be a problem for Newcastle and Palace fans.

Man City v Cardiff City was due to be the Sky Sports match at 12.30pm on Saturday 6 April.

Whilst Spurs v Brighton  was chosen by Sky Sports to be their 4.30pm game on Sunday 7 April.

If Sky Sports are to fill those slots then it appears to come down to two from three of the 3pm kick-offs on 6 April.

I find it  very difficult to see Huddersfield v Leicester being of any possible interest, Huddersfield are already relegated surely, whilst Leicester aren’t bothering either end of the table.

Which leaves relegation candidates Burnley at Bournemouth, plus ourselves and Crystal Palace who are longshots but still potential relegation candidates, seven and five points respectively above the drop.

If Sky Sports insist on filling both currently empty slots then Newcastle v Palace looks set to be moved to either 12.30pm Saturday (6 April) or 4.30pm on that Sunday (7 April).

You have been warned.

It is outrageous if this happens but judging on past experience, neither Sky Sports nor Mike Ashley will give it a second thought before making life difficult for thousands of fans.


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