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The 2021/22 Newcastle United Premier League fixtures – Positives and negatives

4 weeks ago
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The big day has arrived.

No, Mike Ashley hasn’t left.

It is the publication of the 2021/22 Newcastle United Premier League fixtures.

Obviously all games subject to change with minimal notice but at least we have the order of games and at least rough dates to organise the next year of our lives around.

The new Premier League campaign kicking off on the weekend of Saturday 14 August and this is how they look:

Newcastle United Fixtures 2021/22

The first negative I have spotted and Steve Bruce will have every right to be unhappy about this, is that in every single one of these 38 fixtures, Newcastle United have to play a Premier League team.

Talk about putting Bruce and NUFC at a disadvantage!

On a more serious note, nice to see that the putting fans first agenda is ‘still’ very much first thought for those at the Premier League. Away at Southampton on New Year’s Day, you literally couldn’t make it up. I suppose we should just be grateful that Land’s End United aren’t in the Premier League at the moment.

With promoted clubs I always feel that you are at a disadvantage if playing them early on, especially first couple of matches. Rather than playing them when they are full of momentum and optimism, you’d rather face them when they have been well and truly battered by others a number of times. So not too bad that NUFC face Watford (away) in their sixth game, then Brentford (home) twelfth match and Norwich (home) fourteenth match.

When looking at these new Newcastle United Premier League fixtures, obviously it makes a big difference that these days we automatically see it as yet another relegation struggle under Mike Ashley.

Unless anything significantly changes, I see Newcastle United’s rivals in 2021/22 as set to be the three promoted clubs and Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Southampton, our fellow strugglers from last season.

So a bit of an eight club mini-league maybe to fight relegation, five surviving out of eight contenders, which no doubt Mike Ashley sees as acceptable odds yet again. Here’s hoping the three promoted clubs this time are very much like Fulham and West Brom, rather than Leeds United.

I know you have to play everybody twice and all that but you do look at key parts of the season and fear the worst.

The usual packed December looks well dodgy, if points aren’t picked up against Norwich and Burnley (both home) at the start of the month, you have to worry whether we will pick up many / any more from the other games against Leicester, Liverpool, Everton and the two Manchester clubs.

A very similar scenario then presents itself in that season end run-in of April and May 2022. Newcastle once again face Norwich and Burnley (both away) but the other late games are against Spurs, Wolves, Leicester, Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal.

Oh well, at least the fixtures release livens up this Wednesday morning, until then you start thinking about the never ending chaos and facing another season with Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Steve Bruce to rely on…

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