It is always one of the most eagerly-anticipated days in the football calendar and now the Premier League fixtures have been released, it has provoked some interesting reaction among Newcastle fans.
Newcastle United will open their 2019/20 Premier League season at home against Arsenal, with the Magpies handed another tricky start to the campaign – although it is not quite as daunting as it was last term.
United face five of last season’s top six inside the opening nine games, including visiting Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground on the third matchday weekend, although they also take on newly-promoted Norwich City as well as Brighton & Hove Albion early on.
Newcastle will also end the campaign on Tyneside against one of the favourites for the Premier League title, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool heading up to the North East.
A Boxing Day trip to Manchester United has caught the eye and that is one of two United games set to be broadcast on streaming service Amazon Prime.
Newcastle’s tough start was one of the many topics of conversation among Magpies fans on social media, while other fans have picked out some of the games they are most looking forward to.
While some fans, understandably, are struggling to get excited about the fixture list while uncertainty surrounding Newcastle’s ownership and manager persists.
Charles Crook offered a cynical response by tweeting: “First game for #nufc in both 2017 and 2018 was at home to Spurs. For 2019, home to Arsenal… How imaginative of the #PremierLeague fixture computer.”
David Punton added: “Another hard start. Groundhog Day.”
James Cassidy continued: “That’s now 14 straight seasons playing against the top 7 on the first day of the season.”
James Morgan said: “Top 6 team at home first up. Second game away to a newly promoted team (their first home game). Three of the top six inside the first five rounds of fixtures. Same story every single year.”
Lee Johnson tweeted: “Excited as always when I see the fixtures but with our current uncertain future I’m not looking forward to it what so ever!
“Hopefully we’ll get some clarity in the next week so we can start looking forward instead of back.”
Anything Newcastle added: “Hello @nufc ! Now that you’ve announced the fixtures and rise in season ticket prices, how about an update about who is our manager next season, and who is our owner?!”
Tony Walton fears the end of season run-in, as he said: “Look at the run-in. After 21st March, we only have three homes games and two of those are against Spurs and Liverpool.”
And Jordan joked about Newcastle having to make another midweek trip to Everton, by saying: “Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Goodison on a cold midweek night.”
To see how Newcastle fans reacted to the Premier League fixture list, have a read below…