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Season opener pushed back by a day, United away moved to a Monday

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Alex Livesey

Television can be a cruel mistress. Normally one might expect the schedule of one of the most popular leagues on the planet to be built with television in mind, but in the Premier League's case, they do some alterations after the fact to accommodate their bottomless sources of money broadcast partners. And that means we (by 'we', I mean the official site) have some schedule changes to tell you about:

  • Hull City (H) - Saturday, August 17th, 3:00 pm to Sunday, August 18th, 4:00 pm
  • Manchester United (A) - Saturday, August 24th, 3:00 pm to Monday, August 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Everton (A) - Saturday, September 14th, 3:00 pm to Saturday, September 14th, 5:30 pm
  • Fulham (H) - Saturday, September 21st, 3:00 pm to Saturday, September 21st, 5:30 pm
  • Tottenham Hotspur (A) - Saturday, September 28th, 3:00 pm to Saturday, September 28th, 12:45 pm
  • Norwich City (A) - Saturday, October 5th, 3:00 pm to Sunday, October 6th, 1:30 pm
  • Manchester City (H) - Saturday, October 26th, 3:00 pm to Sunday, October 27th, 1:30 pm
  • Newcastle United (A) - Saturday, November 2nd, 3:00 pm to Saturday, November 2nd, 12:45 pm
  • West Ham United (A) - Saturday, November 23rd, 3:00 pm to Sunday, November 24th, 1:30 pm
  • Southampton (H) - Saturday, November 30th, 3:00 pm to Sunday, December 1st, 4:00 pm.
  • Sunderland (A) - Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:45 pm to Wednesday, December 4th, 7:45 pm.

Most of those aren't too bad, but one sticks out like a sore thumb -- the trip to Manchester United being moved from a Saturday afternoon to a Monday evening. Bank holiday or no, it's going to make travelling to the game a big pain. At this point I'm obligated to make a 'both sets of fans coming up from London' joke, I think.

Also, the fact that the start of the season is being pushed back by 25 hours is annoying. I want my football!