Biggest issue for me is the ridiculous 6 week interruption
It's not as big an issue, as having the AFCON in January, which affects us more than other clubs.
For the fourth year in a row, we got the winner of the Championship, as our first game. It seems to be a tradition nowadays. So I'm sure Mo will fancy adding to his records on the opening day. But one tradition is that we are away in the last game when rebuilding our home so that it's ready for the following season. It's a trek to Southampton but it could have been worse I suppose.
Getting the trips to the biggest away games out of the way early is great, should we win them. If we don't, we're going to lose ground in the race early on. Maybe not 14 points but enough for people to write us off again by the end of September. This time we want to stay in the race all year round.
One thing that gets to me is all the kos announced as, Saturday at 3pm. At least 30 of our games are going to have their ko time changed, 36 kos were changed 2 seasons ago. Everyone knows that we're not playing City at 3pm on a Saturday or the other big games. That's before you consider the likelihood of cup date postponements for league games such as Fulham at home in mid March or for League Cup Finals etc, so why lie? Just state a general window for games to be played e.g. 26/27/28 December v Villa (a), until the ko time is confirmed.