The Premier League fixtures for the 2022/23 season had been launched yesterday, confirming that our first recreation of the season can be a gathering with newly-promoted Nottingham Forest at St James’ Park.
That was the headline, however one other factor stood out to me when assessing our unfold of fixtures, and that was the variety of winnable house video games coming our manner over the primary half of the marketing campaign, handing us the right alternative to begin the marketing campaign strongly.
Right here’s our first 10 house fixtures, that includes three newly-promoted sides and 5 groups who completed beneath us within the Premier League final season:
- Nottingham Forest
- MAN CITY
- Crystal Palace
- Aston Villa
Man Metropolis and Chelsea can be stern assessments, however the different eight we’ll face between August and February are both newly-promoted sides or groups who completed within the backside half final season.
It’s additionally price noting that St James’ Park has change into a fortress underneath Eddie Howe in 2022. We’ve misplaced simply ONE of our final 10 Premier League video games on Tyneside – and that was a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.
In that point, we’ve solely conceded six targets, scoring 14, and boast a win proportion at 78% for the reason that flip of the 12 months, successful SEVEN of our final 9 house video games (which might’ve been eight had we not conceded that late equaliser in that 1-1 draw with Watford in January).
If we will maintain this kind going heading into the 2022/23 season, we might make a robust begin – particularly when St James’ Park can be packed to the rafters and filled with renewed hope forward of our first full season with a brand new supervisor, formidable homeowners and a reinvigorated squad.
With new signings and a pre-season underneath a meticulous supervisor to come back, we will’t wait to see what Eddie’s Mags and Wor Flags have in retailer for us come August sixth!