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The stats which show just how tough Newcastle United's Premier League 2019-20 start is; The Magpies face Arsenal at St James' Park on the opening day.

Byline: David Dubas-Fisher

Newcastle United have one of the toughest starts to the Premier League of any team in the division - on paper at least.

The Magpies kick things off with ahome game against Europa League finalists Arsenal.

That's followed up by away trips to Norwich and Tottenham, a home game against Watford and an away game against Liverpool.

Overall those five teams had an average finishing league position of 8.6 in the English football pyramid last season.

That's a higher average than the opening five games of all but two other Premier League clubs.

Newly-promoted Norwich have the toughest start to the season on paper.

The Canaries begin Premier League life with games against Liverpool (away),Newcastle United(home), Chelsea (home), West Ham United (away) and Manchester City (home).

Newcastle United's Premier League 2019/20 fixtures: Here's who Magpies will face

Those five clubs had an average finishing league position of 5.8 last season.

Wolves have the next roughest start to the season. The Black Country club's opening five opponents had an average finishing league position of 8.2 last season.

Newcastle are followed by Arsenal (9.0), Manchester United (9.4), Burnley (also 9.4) and Aston Villa (9.6).

West Ham have the easiest start of any Premier League club. The Hammers kick things off with a home game against Manchester City, which is about as hard as home games get.

However, they follow that up with away games against Brighton and Watford, a home game against Norwich and an away game against Aston Villa.

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Overall those five teams had an average finishing league position of 15.0 in the English football pyramid last season. That's a lower average than the opening five games of any Premier League club.

Liverpoolhave the next easiest opening start on paper. Jurgen Klopp's side's opening five games are against teams with an average finishing league position of 14.0.

Everton's opening five opponents have an average of 13.8, Manchester City's have one of 13.2, Crystal Palace's have one of 13.0, as do Chelsea's.

Newcastle United 2019/20 Premier League fixtures

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
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Date:Jun 13, 2019
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