It's that time of year again, time for us to remember that we have other plans on Saturday or Sunday for the rest of the year. Weddings, baptisms, funerals, first child births, and angry neighbors screaming something about "car" "run over" and "cat" be damned.
These folks really should know better anyway. They know you. They know the fixture list (I assume all my family, close friends, distant friends, and sort-of acquaintances have Liverpool's schedule memorized). And they know that their real-life plans are not as important as watching 22 grown men kick a ball around on a patch of grass. Besides, they should know better than to get married during the Merseyside Derby, even though they booked everything a year ago. That's what they get for planning ahead.
Anyway, enough rambling, let's look at the schedule.
- Our season kicks off at Stoke City on August 8th, because of course it does. Great trolling by the Football Association. This is what we get for requesting to be away the first week. You didn't think it would come without any cost, did you? However, our home opener should, in theory, be winnable as we've been paired with newly-promoted Bournemouth on August 15th.
- We met up with our old rivals Manchester United early on in both halves of the fixture list, away on September 12th, and home on January 16th.
- The Merseyside Derby commences at Goodison Park on October 3rd, and again at Anfield on February 27th.
- October looks to be our most difficult month, with the aforementioned trip to Goodison, followed by a trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham, and ending the month at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. Oh, and we have Southampton at home as well. Joy. We'll also have two Europa League matches sprinkled in for good measure.
- Not to be outdone, the stretch from February 27th-April 2nd includes Everton, Manchester City, and Chelsea all coming to Anfield, with trips to Crystal Palace, and Southampton.
- January could also be a bit hairy, as we play Arsenal and Manchester United, both at home, but four days apart. As always, FA Cup action will be heating up at this time.
- However, our busy December schedule doesn't look so terrible. We're away to Newcastle, Watford, Sunderland, and West Ham, and home to West Bromwich Albion, and Leicester City. It could be much worse.
The full schedule can be found here:
If you're bored at work and looking for something interesting, I recommend checking out how the FA plans the 2,036 matches from the top 4 flights of English football, which you can find here. We can only assume that they start by going, "Hmm...Liverpool at Stoke, only 2,035 left to go."
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