2016-17 fixturesEverton have been handed tough assignments to start and end the new season, paired with Tottenham on the opening day and ending away at Arsenal.
The Blues will kick off on the weekend of 13 August against Spurs at home, then travel to West Brom before facing Stoke City back at Goodison Park in their first three games. They will only face one of last season's top four between August and mid-December, however, when they travel to the Etihad Stadium on 15 October.
The first Merseyside derby will be at Goodison once more and is scheduled for 17 December while the reverse fixture at will take place on 1st April.
The traditionally hectic Festive programme will see Everton face Champions Leicester on Boxing Day, Hull on 31 December and Southampton at home in the first game of the New Year.
Ronald Koeman is set to go head-to-head with his former club for the first time at St Mary's Stadium on 26 November.
All matches are subject to change due to live televised broadcasting, the schedules for which will be released later this month.
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1 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:08:28
Think it'll be good to get Spurs out of the way before they get going as well. Fancy us to win this.
On another note, do we have any players missing for the Olympics?
2 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:12:52
Being optimistic you'd hope for 6-7 points from those first 3 games if we hit the ground running which may be hard given the Euros and possible squad re-shaping that may happen this Summer.
3 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:14:15
4 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:19:19
5 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:20:08
6 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:21:03
Big ask but we are a big club so lets have it.
7 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:24:19
8 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:30:25
9 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:34:13
Open with Spurs, finish at Arsenal, Leicester on Boxing Day, Southampton on 2nd Jan (New Year present for RK), some clumps of big games in Dec and April with months to really make hay in between.
Bring it on - chuffed : )
10 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:34:55
Michael #5 I'm optimistic!
December and April stand out as tough months, hopefully we'll be in our stride by then!
11 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:36:08
Also why do we always get a tough run of games when the F.A Cup quarter Finals and Semi Finals are due to be played?
Other than that it looks like a balanced set of fixtures.
Can't Moan though have you seen the start the Red Shite have!! hahah.
13 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:50:42
14 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:53:42
15 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:59:52
16 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:00:16
17 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:06:29
Then a decent run, let's have a good start - it takes the pressure off.
Man U, Arsenal, & RS on the bounce at home, some good games to go to! Plus the Arsenal is a night game, three days before we play the RS!
April, so what? We have to play them all, let's go for it.
Koeman you Blues!
PS Rumours going around Rom will be offered 140k a week. Too much.
18 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:14:39
Manure, Spurs, West Ham , The Shite Away
Chelsea, Leicester at home in the period of the Quarter and Semi is played.
That's Tough if you are playing the extra Cup games.
It was not as bad last season west ham, arsenal , UTD and Shite.
19 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:19:26
20 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:24:04
You've got to say you don't necessarily want a glut of big games over Xmas but then once you've done it they're out of the way - plus they could give you real momentum and lady luck might be shining that that just happens to be the time they've got bad injuries etc. I like the way chips have fallen this year though, exciting stuff.
21 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:25:20
Good first few months. Don't worry about the cup matches and score the highest ever pts tally in the league.
OK. Nice to dream!
22 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:25:26
23 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:32:32
Go Ron Ron Ron ... go Ron Ron Ron!
24 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:00:41
Now let's hope we wrap up the summer transfers early and get off to a good start.
My fear is that it could take till mid oct for koeman to implement his way of playing and by then we could have missed a real opportunity.
To counter that fear, I suppose we could say Unsi made a huge difference in only a week?!
25 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:02:45
I believe RFM is for the Olympics.
26 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:16:24
27 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:16:34
We have the usual Man United - Arsenal - Liverpool run, it's weird how often that seems to happen.
There isn't a mad Christmas schedule, it all looks quite sensible this year. I wonder if this is the new way or if it's just because Christmas Eve is a Saturday.
Big finish against Arsenal away, let's hope it means something.
28 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:20:12
29 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:23:30
if any of those mystic Meg types were any good at predicting stuff they wouldn't be writing for newspapers or sat in some TV studio spouting their drivel, they would be sitting in a huge mansion on a sun-drenched beach, not caring about the possible outcome of football matches.
We just have to hope that Ronald has enough time in pre-season to get our squad back up to strength, doesn't lose any of the players that he might want to keep and come the opening fixture that his team is fit and raring to go.
I'm very excited about the coming season but there's a lot of water to go under the bridge between now and the Spurs match.
30 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:24:29
31 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:04:04
32 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:05:10
33 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:25:00
34 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:28:38
A good start is always welcome and it would be nice to get a good run of home results for a change.
December has 4 tough fixtures but, having said that, all games can be tough for teams who are struggling so we hope Big K has them up to snuff.
35 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:42:05
36 Posted 15/06/2016 at 13:19:40
37 Posted 15/06/2016 at 13:35:16
We had QPR , Norwich, Leicester (when they just came up) and Watford, never won one of them and Lombardo with Palace beat us here on the opener nah, get the big boys first.
38 Posted 15/06/2016 at 14:21:34
39 Posted 15/06/2016 at 14:27:59
40 Posted 15/06/2016 at 14:35:20
41 Posted 15/06/2016 at 16:18:51
42 Posted 15/06/2016 at 16:52:42
44 Posted 15/06/2016 at 18:48:51
45 Posted 15/06/2016 at 18:57:04
Having looked at the fixtures more closely I'm going to stick my neck out and predict we'll have 13-15 points from the first 7 games, before we meet city away on the 15 Oct.
Don't know why but I've got this feeling this seasons going to be mega (compared to the last few anyway). That start will have us top 6 easily, if not higher.
Not predicting where we finish but I fancy us for the opening few games.
46 Posted 15/06/2016 at 19:25:59
47 Posted 15/06/2016 at 20:38:46
48 Posted 16/06/2016 at 09:56:47
49 Posted 16/06/2016 at 09:56:48
50 Posted 16/06/2016 at 10:09:20
51 Posted 16/06/2016 at 10:10:27
The Echo did a piece on it and spoke to the compiler and it all comes down to the 'Luck of the draw'
52 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:02:00
I assumed it's set out this way so that both sets of supporters get to see a home game each calendar year. If it alternated which it logically should that wouldn't happen.
Liverpool hosted the 2015-2016 season's return fixture. If they hosted the first 2016-2017 fixture the season coming up, both 2016 games would be at Anfield. Logically the same would potentially apply for 2017-2018 season if Everton hosted the first one. Both would be Goodison based in 2017.
Surely it's designed that way. Not just luck!
53 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:35:05
54 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:38:36
Out of interest, is there any particular reason why we request it that way.
55 Posted 16/06/2016 at 12:04:51
I welcome Friday night games and think it's a great idea. For the fan, when the season is rolling there's footy Tues, Wed, Thurs, now Friday, and of course the weekend and the occasional Monday night.
It's basically a week-long smorgasbord of soccer.
The opener will be a good time to take on Spurs - at home and still a bit rusty. I much prefer this to playing any 100% healthy promoted side in the opener. The promoted sides are so excited and exuberant to be in the top flight on their openers...
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