The Premier League fixtures have been announced, and we now know the games we have to look out for – and what periods of the year that will give our squad the most bother.
We begin our season with an away trip to Newcastle United, a tough test for us in recent years and it means our away form must be completely overhauled before the campaign kicks off.
The opening month of August sees us then welcome Burnley for our first home fixture, and then a week later?
A visit to Anfield and then the first North London Derby of the season at The Emirates.
What a way to open the season and it proves that if we don’t improve our squad and the players – existing and new – we could begin the season already playing catchup to our rivals who have significantly easier beginnings.
So what else does the new fixture list have in store?
Well, December is always fraught with games, coming every two to three days in a jam-packed, football-tastic month. This December is no different, and we have six Premier League games alone to contend with, that is without any domestic and European cup commitments. Games against Brighton, West Ham, Man City, Everton, Bournemouth and Chelsea are the gauntlet we must run to navigate through the festive scheduling, with half of those coming away from home.
January doesn’t carry as many games, but on the back of the Chelsea game, we then take on Manchester United in the first game of 2020. We also end January with the second game against Chelsea.
The second North London Derby will be in April, and we will end our season with a home game against Watford.
Now we know what we have to contend with to make sure our season ends with a far better position than the last.
I for one, can’t wait to get started!