By Chris Wright
It seems an awful lot of football fans manage to whip themselves up into a frothy lather come Fixtures Release Day™ (which is fast transmogrifying into the bastard step-child of Transfer Deadline Day™) so we’ll try our level best to keep our yawning apathy in check.
First up, SPOILER ALERT: Everybody plays everybody else twice*.
(*all fixtures subject to change)
Anyway, it seems to be the general consensus this morning that Liverpool have been dealt the cruellest hand by the random fixture computer o’ doom, at least as far as the Premier League is concerned.
The Reds start at Stoke, the very team that obliterated them 6-1 on the final day of last season – the first fixture in Premier League history to be played in consecutive games at the same venue (c/o @OptaJoe).
After that Bournemouth (H), Arsenal (A), West Ham (H), Manchester United (A), Norwich (H) and Aston Villa (H), which all in all looks more or less exactly the same as every other team’s opening seven fixtures to us, but hey ho.
Elsewhere, Chelsea begin their title defence at home against Swansea, Man City play West Brom at the Hawthorns, United kick-off against Tottenham at Old Trafford and Arsenal wade in with a home tie against West Ham.
The full club-by-club 2015/16 Premier League and Football League fixtures are available to peruse here if you so wish, though we recommend you instead read Pies guest writer Martin Cloake’s rather excellent recent piece on how the powers that be actually go about cobbling them together every year.
It’s much, much more interesting.