Premier League Countdown
15th June 2017
So it’s been a grand total of 24 days since the last day of fixtures in the 2016-2017 Premier League season. I make that 576 hours too many. So thank the sweet lord of football that the day has come when the PL fixtures are released!
Yes, the Premier League fixtures for next season are officially here. Now, we can all ponder over who has the best opening games, who’s got the most favoured Christmas and New Year matches, who’s got some filthy long trips away, those dirty derby dates, and the naughty run ins at the end of the season for the clubs that might be struggling. I love it. I actually love it.
So, my local Brighton boys haven’t played in the top flight of football for over 30 years and we’ve luckily drawn a home tie for the opening day of the season – yay! Against two-time Premier League winners Manchester City – not so yay. Talk about a welcome to the big time. One thing I will say, is that it’s not necessarily going to be a walk in the park for City, or any of the other clubs facing newly promoted sides on the opening day, as they’ll (hopefully) be pumped up and be going into the match as underdogs, with nothing to lose, and with all the excitement and momentum from last season. That’s the positive me talking. The realistic me says, ‘Please don’t let us get thrashed 5-0 at home. Please.‘
Other notable fixtures that jumped out for me, are that of Everton. Looking amongst their opening five, they face Man City, holders Chelsea, and Man United all away, plus a home fixture with runners up Tottenham. Ronald Koeman might struggle to replicate the start his squad had last year, when they went unbeaten in their first five.
Champions Chelsea host Burnley at Stamford Bridge to kick start their title defence, and Tottenham, who will be playing their home games at Wembley, face an away trip to Championship Champions Newcastle as they try and go one better than last year.
Other dates for your football diaries; the first North London derby is on November the 18th, and the first Manchester AND Merseyside derbies are BOTH scheduled for December 9th – DERBY DAY. I can’t wait already. United fans will also be (potentially) glad to hear that after all of Jose’s moaning last year about scheduling, the Reds play four out of six of their post Champions League league games, all at Old Trafford.
So who will be holding the Premier League trophy next year? Well, the countdown begins… August 12th can’t come soon enough! In the meantime, we can all watch those summer transfers roll in, unless you’re Arsenal fans (couldn’t resist), as we prepare for what will be another incredible year of football ahead.