Newcastle fans have been reacting to the Premier League fixtures announcement, and the Magpies’ brutal start to the season is the only thing on fans’ minds.
The Premier League officially released the fixtures for 2018-19 on Thursday, and Newcastle will open the season with a home match against Tottenham.
Spurs of course were the victim of a brutal beating when they travelled to St. James’ on the final day of the 2016-17 season, as a brace from Georginio Wijnaldum helped the Magpies to a 5-1 win.
Rafael Benitez’s men face a daunting start to the season, as the clash with Tottenham is followed by an away trip to newly promoted Cardiff.
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The trip to Cardiff is the most winnable fixture in the Magpies’ first five matches, as they then face Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in consecutive games.
Playing four of last season’s top six within the opening five matches is certainly difficult, but fans can take solace in the fact that three of those four big clashes are at home.
St. James’ has seen some pretty big results over the “big six” in recent years, and both Arsenal and Chelsea fell on Tyneside towards the end of last season.
Fans have been discussing the brutal beginning to the season, and while some have their pessimistic hats on, there is plenty of optimism within the Toon Army.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Horrific? it's why we are there Mark, personally think it's superb, we are Newcastle United not a Sunday pub team.
— fireandskill (@fireandskill) June 14, 2018
Gonna get battered after an underwhelming transfer window.
— Dell ??????? (@agbnufc) June 14, 2018
— shaun saunders (@sms5441) June 14, 2018
Here Here ….. bring them on !!! They call us Newcastle United, They call us the team of the land ?✊?
— DougOTC (@dougofthecorner) June 14, 2018
You’ve got play them all anyway might aswell get them out the way
— ⚽ The East Stand ⚽ (@CraigMorrison84) June 14, 2018
alot of the top teams will have players still recovering from the w.c so not a bad time to be playing them
— rod turnbull (@oORoddazOo) June 14, 2018
Arguably the best time to play them; before they settle into any rhythm. Momentum counts for a lot.
— James Thornton (@jimmywt17) June 14, 2018
Tough start but we beat 3 of them last season so hopefully again ??⚽️
— daniel farnon (@dannyboynufc13) June 14, 2018
The first home match of a brand new season can never be horrific, tricky perhaps but never horrific ?
— Patricia (@Patrici41233130) June 14, 2018
12 points there man!
— mark nicols (@marknicols) June 14, 2018
Great, let’s get them out of the way early ?
— Niki (@Nikijosie) June 14, 2018
3 London sides at home? How did we do against them last season? ?
— Steven Murray (@stevemurray1980) June 14, 2018