Premier League fixtures: Newcastle have the most difficult start and Chelsea have the easiest

Premier League fixtures: Mason Mount of Chelsea reacts after Joe Willock of Newcastle United scored their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on November 12, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
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The Premier League fixtures are out – and it's Newcastle United who have the toughest start, with Chelsea handed a more favourable set of games.

By looking at where teams finished last season and giving them points based on their placing, we can determine a rough guide of which fixtures will pose the most problems. Manchester City receive a score of 20, Arsenal 19, all the way down to Burnley on three points, Sheffield United on two and Luton Town with one as the playoff winners.

It's not an exact science – but it does give us a good idea of who has it stacked against them in the early weeks of the season. 

Who has the most difficult Premier League fixtures?

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe applauds the fans after the team's defeat in the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on April 15, 2023 in Birmingham, England.

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has a tough start (Image credit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

With a score of 77/100, Newcastle United undoubtedly have their work cut out in the first few weeks of the season. They've got Aston Villa on opening weekend before City and Liverpool – and things don't get much easier when they face Brighton and then Brentford.

Chelsea arguably have a more difficult opener: they take on Liverpool first up. But that's followed by West Ham, Luton, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth, who all receive lower scores for their placings last term.

Manchester United's run is difficult, as they face Tottenham, Arsenal and Brighton in the early weeks of the season, while Liverpool have a couple of banana skins in Chelsea, Newcastle and Villa. Wolves' run looks tricky, too, with Manchester United, Brighton and Liverpool all within the first five games. Yikes.

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Premier League clubs ranked by fixture difficulty:
ClubFixture difficultyHeader Cell - Column 2
Newcastle United77Aston Villa (H), Manchester City (A), Liverpool (H), Brighton (A), Brentford (H)
Wolverhampton Wanderers63Manchester United (A), Brighton (H), Everton (A), Crystal Palace (A), Liverpool (H)
Manchester United60Wolves (H), Tottenham (A), Forest (H), Arsenal (A), Brighton (H)
Bournemouth57West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Tottenham (H), Brentford (A), Chelsea (H)
Brentford57Tottenham (H), Fulham (A), Crystal Palace (H), Bournemouth (H), Newcastle (A)
Fulham56Everton (A), Brentford (H), Arsenal (A), Manchester City (A), Luton (H)
Crystal Palace55Sheffield United (A), Arsneal (H), Brentford (A), Wolves (H), Villa (A)
Everton54Fulham (H), Villa (A), Wolves (H), Sheffield United (A), Arsenal (H)
Liverpool54Chelsea (A), Bournemouth (H), Newcastle (A), Villa (H), Wolves (A)
Burnley53Manchester City (H), Luton (A), Aston Villa (H), Tottenham (H), Forest (A)
Sheffield United52Crystal Palace (H), Forest (A), Manchester City (H), Everton (H), Tottenham (A)
Nottingham Forest51Arsenal (A), Sheffield United (H), Manchester United (A), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H)
West Ham United51Bournemouth (A), Chelsea (H), Brighton (A), Luton (A), Manchester City (H)
Brighton & Hove Albion51Luton (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Newcastle (H), Manchester United (A)
Aston Villa50Newcastle (A), Everton (H), Burnley (A), Liverpool (A), Crystal Palace (H)
Arsenal48Forest (H), Crystal Palace (A), Fulham (H), Manchester United (H), Everton (A)
Luton Town45Brighton (A), Burnley (H), Chelsea (A), West Ham (H), Fulham (A)
Tottenham Hotspur41Brentford (A), Manchester United (H), Bournemouth (A), Burnley (A), Sheffield United (H)
Manchester City40Burnley (A), Newcastle (H), Sheffield United (A), Fulham (H), West Ham (A)
Chelsea35Liverpool (H), West Ham (A), Luton (H), Forest (H), Bournemouth (A)

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