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Newcastle v Liverpool date finally confirmed but no time – Quite incredible

4 weeks ago
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Finally, a confirmed final date for Newcastle v Liverpool.

The game originally planned for Saturday 4 May at 3pm.

Then moved for live Sky Sports coverage to Sunday 5 May 4.30pm.

Before, as expected, it needed to be moved yet again, due to Liverpool playing Champions League on Tuesday 7 May.

As we outlined this morning (see below), quite outrageous how long it has taken to tell fans when the game will definitely be played.

We now have progress…of sorts.

Liverpool Official Announcement:

‘Liverpool’s Premier League fixture away to Newcastle United has been rescheduled for Saturday May 4.

The kick-off time is still to be confirmed for the Reds’ penultimate top-flight game of the season, at St. James’ Park.

Discussions are ongoing and a further update will be announced on Liverpoolfc.com as soon as possible.

The switch comes after the two legs of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against FC Barcelona were scheduled for Wednesday May 1 and Tuesday May 7 respectively.’

That’s right, two weeks before the game, still no confirmation of when (the time) the game will actually be played. A great help to anybody making travel arrangements…

I assume Newcastle United are releasing exactly the same information but when I clicked the official NUFC Twitter link saying there had been an announcement, it was a dead link.

Apparently Lee Charnley must have been called away in the middle of doing it, to go and shine Mike Ashley’s shoes…

The Mag – Earlier today (Saturday 20 April 2019):

Not next weekend but the one after, it will be Newcastle v Liverpool at St James Park.

It was scheduled to be played 3pm on Saturday 4 May, moved to 4.30pm on Sunday 5 May, now it will be moved back to Saturday 4 May…or at least we assume.

Never has the imbalance been so great as it is now, between the care and consideration for match-going supporters (of all clubs) and the desire of the Premier League and TV companies to screw as much as possible out of them and the game.

It is now three days since Liverpool concluded a 6-1 drubbing of Porto to ensure a Champions League semi-final game.

However, it is actually weeks since Liverpool were paired with Porto and the scousers made overwhelming favourites to go through.

Also for some weeks, we have repeatedly been told that Liverpool’s semi-final second leg in the semi-finals would take place on Tuesday 7 May when/if they got through, meaning the Newcastle v Liverpool would have to be moved back to the Saturday (4 May).

This isn’t an out of the blue issue, it is one that has been expected for weeks and yet with only a fortnight to go before that Premier League clash, still no official confirmation.

With the other TV slots already taken, it would appear that 7.45pm on Saturday 4 May is on the cards but nobody knows for sure.

You wouldn’t put it past the Premier League and TV companies maybe even moving one or more of these other TV games already arranged for that weekend, if they think it would benefit them.

It just seems bizarre/outrageous that as a minimum, they haven’t had ready a plan whereby on Thursday (18 April) at the very latest, they  would confirm the date and time for Newcastle v Liverpool.

Newcastle United still haven’t started a sale of match by match tickets for the game but it isn’t just potential buyers of those who are inconvenienced, it is 52,000+ who are set to be there.

The Mag – 20 April 2019:

The Champions League semi-final dates have been confirmed on Thursday morning and Newcastle v Liverpool will have to be moved.

Liverpool (see below) have announced that they play Barcelona away on Wednesday 1 May at 8pm.

The scousers winning 4-1 in Portugal last night to complete a comprehensive 6-1 aggregate victory over Porto..

The second leg at Anfield will be played at 8pm on Tuesday 7 May.

As has been much discussed (see below), this ensures that they can’t now play at St James Park only two days before on Sunday 5 May.

The only/most likely realistic choice appears to be either returning the game to a 3pm kick off on Saturday 4 May with no live TV coverage (which isn’t going to happen!), or a night (probably 7.45pm) time kick-off on that Saturday night.

Liverpool official announcement:

‘Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final fixture dates against FC Barcelona have been confirmed.

The first leg of the last-four showdown will take place at Camp Nou on Wednesday May 1, with the return scheduled for Anfield on Tuesday May 7.

Both games will kick off at 8pm BST.’

Champions League semi-finals:

Tuesday 30 April

Tottenham v Ajax (8pm)

Wednesday 1 May

Barcelona v Liverpool (8pm)

Tuesday 7 May

Liverpool v Barcelona (8pm)

Wednesday 8 May

Ajax v Tottenham (8pm)

The Mag – 17 April 2019:

Newcastle v Liverpool was scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 4 May.

Then just under two weeks ago the last Premier League live TV games announcement saw it rescheduled to 4.30pm on Sunday 5 May.

However, this is dependent on Liverpool’s Champions League involvement.

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If Liverpool get through their quarter-final against Porto, they would then play the semi-final first leg on Tuesday 7 May.

Which would then mean the Newcastle v Liverpool match being almost certainly pulled back to the Saturday, with another TV slot found.

The second leg against Porto is tonight (Wednesday 17 April) with Liverpool travelling to Portugal with a 2-0 lead from the first leg at Anfield.

Newcastle fans set to find out just over two weeks before the Liverpool game as to when it will definitely be played.

On that weekend, the live TV games announced are:

Friday 3 May

Everton v Burnley (8pm)

Saturday 4 May

Man City v Leicester (12.30pm)

Cardiff v Crystal Palace (5.30pm)

Sunday 5 May

Huddersfield v Man Utd (2pm)

Newcastle v Liverpool (4.30pm)

Monday 6 May

Bournemouth v Tottenham

If indeed Liverpool do go through tonight to the Champions League semi-finals and then have a CL semi-final first leg on Tuesday 7 May, it looks very likely that Newcastle v Liverpool would then end up in a 7.45pm live TV slot on Saturday 4 May.

I’ll be watching with interest tonight…

Newcastle United official announcement – Friday 5 April 2019:

‘Newcastle United’s Premier League home game against Liverpool has been selected for live television broadcast in the UK.

As a result, the game will move to Sunday, 5th May with a 4.30pm (BST) kick-off.

The match – which is United’s last home game of the season – will be shown live on Sky Sports.

This match is subject to movement depending upon Liverpool’s participation in the Champions League the following Tuesday.’

The complete remaining Newcastle United PL schedule:

Saturday 20 April (BT Sport)

Newcastle v Southampton (5.30pm)

Saturday 27 April (BT Sport)

Brighton v Newcastle (5.30pm)

Sunday 5 May (Sky Sports)

Newcastle v Liverpool (4.30pm)

Sunday 12 May

Fulham v Newcastle (3pm)

These are the games that have been shown so far via live broadcast for NUFC this season:

Saturday 11 August

Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2

Saturday 18 August

Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0

Sunday 26 August

Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

Wednesday 29 August

Nottingham Forest 3 Newcastle 1 (League Cup)

Saturday 1 September

Man City 2 Newcastle 1

Saturday 6 October 

Man Utd 3 Newcastle United 2

Monday 26 November 

Burnley 1 Newcastle 2

Sunday 9 December 

Newcastle 1 Wolves 2

Wednesday 2 January 2019 

Newcastle 0 Man Utd 2

Saturday 5 January 2019 

Newcastle 1 Blackburn 1

Saturday 12 January 2019

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Blackburn 2 Newcastle 4

Tuesday 29 January 2019 

Newcastle 2 Man City 1

Saturday 2 February 2019 

Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0

Monday 11 February 2019 

Wolves 1 Newcastle 1

Tuesday 26 February 2019 

Newcastle 2 Burnley 0

Saturday 2 March 2019 

West Ham 2 Newcastle 0

Monday 1 April 

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

Friday 12 April 

Leicester 0 Newcastle 1

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