Thankfully the matches this festive period are all within a day of each other, as it may quell the potential agony. Look at this run:
|H||Manchester United||Wed 21|
|A||Norwich City||Sat 31|
Yikes. Yet the only solace I can find is that at least the fixtures aren’t reversed. Just imagine…
|A||Manchester United||Wed 21|
|H||Norwich City||Sat 31|
Having Manchester United home is obviously more beneficial than having them away. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter if we play Chelsea home or away; we seem to lose no matter what. Like with United, having Norwich at home is better than away, but at least with the current schedule we have the possibility of attaining a point at Carrow Road (not the same for Old Trafford I’m afraid).
And Arsenal? Sheesh, we could win, lose, or draw to them home or away and none would surprise me. But, at least at home we’ve been making good accords of ourselves in recent years. Last season we really should have won had Briggs been subbed and Gera not been shown a straight red. Two seasons ago we played them off the park but were thwarted by a unknown goalkeeper named Vito Mannone (yes, that same Vito Mannone). Three seasons ago, we actually did beat them.
So, how many points will you be happy with this Christmas period? I’m thinking 3.
I may need an extra helping of Christmas spirits this holiday…