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Premier League confirm 19 days break for Newcastle United to bring in January reinforcements

2 weeks ago

The Premier League have given Newcastle United a helping hand.

No doubt this will once again bring out the same deranged people frothing at the mouth, claiming bribes / threats and conspiracy theories regarding the recently installed NUFC owners supposedly being able to somehow exert unfair / illegal influence on the Premier League.

The self-same Premier League that is, who delayed the Newcastle United takeover for close to two years AND now doing everything they can, to prevent the new NUFC owners creating much improved revenue streams to try and repair the damage inflicted by a decade and a half of Mike Ashley, when everybody (including / especially the authorities, were happy to stand back and watch Ashley try and ruin our club, stifling all ambition AND leaving Newcastle United with the same (or lower!) level of Commercial Revenue that he inherited when taking control 15 years ago).

Anyway, the helping hand from the Premier League is inadvertent, as it always is when any positive comes the way of Newcastle United!

The Premier League have began to fit in matches that were postponed due to a mixture of Covid cases and injuries. The fact that there are 18 of these PL matches (put back due to Covid cases and injuries) to rearrange will seemingly prove a revelation to fans of Everton and Southampton, who were under the impression that only Newcastle United could do such a thing. Even though Everton had previously requested and been given a postponement, whilst Saints fans now discovering Brentford had already caused one of their matches to be put back, that happening some two weeks before Newcastle did the same.

Anyway, three of these postponed Premier League matches now have new dates and times:

Tuesday 11 January

Southampton v Brentford (7.45pm)

Everton v Leicester (8pm)

Wednesday 12 January

West Ham v Norwich (7.45pm)

Newcastle United of course need to fit in rearranged away matches with both Everton and Southampton. However, with both of them having another rearranged game now fitted into that midweek, it gives Newcastle United extra breathing space.

The NUFC owners and Eddie Howe, now allowed 19 days between Premier League games to regroup, stretching from that 1-1 draw with Man Utd on Monday 27 December, right through to Saturday 15 January and Watford visiting St James Park.

No doubt much gnashing of teeth elsewhere, with Newcastle United given this extra time to bring in this completely new team of elite superstars that apparently many of the deranged (including the odd hopeless NUFC case, as well as the conspiracy theorists who are hating on Newcastle United) believe is going to be the case.

This is the current full Newcastle United schedule up to the end of February 2022:

Saturday 8 January 3pm – Cambridge Home (FA Cup third round)

Saturday 15 January 3pm – Watford home

Saturday 22 January 3pm – Leeds away

(Weekend of Saturday 5 February – FA Cup fourth round)

Tuesday 8 February 7.45pm – Everton Home (BT Sport)

Sunday 13 February 2pm – Aston Villa Home (Sky Sports)

Saturday 19 February 12.30pm – West Ham Away (BT Sport)

Saturday 26 February 3pm – Brentford Away

(Midweek of Wednesday 2 March – FA Cup fifth round)

Naturally, it would appear that the later these postponed games against Everton and Southampton are fitted in, the better. Although having said that, ironically it is Everton who are getting very busy early on in January, already having signed Mykolenko and now Nathan Patterson from Rangers (can NUFC appeal to the Premier League that these new signings are not allowed to play in the rearranged fixture…?) seemingly set to sign as well, plus players such as Calvert-Lewin now getting back to full fitness.

The earliest that either of the postponed NUFC matches could be fitted in, appears to be the midweek of Wednesday 19 January. However, if that were so, it would mean Southampton or Everton having then five games to play in a two week stretch from Saturday 8 January to Saturday 22 January, so again, ironically, those two clubs could then give Newcastle United an extra delay and helping hand, if knocking back any rearrangement in that midweek.

Without doubt, this is a massively important period for Newcastle United, that very likely will decide the season. A run of games before West Ham away on 19 February, that sees Newcastle face Watford (H), Leeds (A), Everton (H) and Villa (H), with the prospect of one or both of these Everton and Southampton games being fitted in as well, before visiting the Hammers in just under seven weeks time.

Every extra day of rest / recovery / preparation / shopping that is allowed, is a help to the Newcastle United survival bid.

May the odds be ever in your (our!) favour…


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