Everton Fans Are Gutted After Being Handed Possibly The Harshest Fixture List Of All Time

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The old Premier League cliché that 'anything can happen on the opening day' is generally true. With teams not yet in their stride, Champions falter, minnows surprise and no game is truly predictable.

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But after, say, five games, normal order is generally restored. Which is why Everton fans are particularly pissed off with this year's fixtures list.

The Toffees opening run of games goes: Stoke at home, Man City away, Chelsea away, Spurs at home then Man United away. So that's the biggest banana skin in the league followed by four of the country's top teams in a row.

Fans are, somewhat understandably, getting a good old moan in early on Twitter at the very real prospect of reaching 23 September, when they face Bournemouth at home, with little to no points on the board.

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After Everton's 6th place finish last season, a very comfortable 15 points clear of Southampton, the daunting challenge for Ronald Koeman is to go one better and dislodge one of the top five – something not helped by the nightmare fixture list.

On the other hand you can always look at it another way – as the Dutchman has to, really – and think, with those tough games out of the way pre-Christmas, a later season surge is very possible. After all, to use another cliché, it's a game of two halves innit?