In the heart of the summer when the return of the Premier League feels an age away, the announcement of the fixture list for the new season generally generates excitement.
It’s easy to dismiss the news as overhyped because every team plays each other twice but the spacing of the games can have an impact in terms of early-season momentum, the all-important festive period and the run-in.
West Ham’s official website displays their sides schedule for the season, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side look to push on and challenge for the European places in his second term in charge.
But some supporters have taken to Twitter in the aftermath of the announcement to bring up two particular long-standing bugbears.
First of all, the Hammers kick off their season against a member of the so-called ‘top six’ for the sixth consecutive season as they host Pellegrini’s former club, reigning champions Manchester City to the London Stadium on the opening weekend.
Then, there’s an away trip on Boxing Day, with one fan suggesting that the busy Christmas sales at Westfield Shopping Centre, near the ground, always creates an away day directly after Christmas.
We’ve put together the best of the reaction from supporters who are growing a little tired…
They must be fixed ?♂️??
— Forever a Hammer (@SteveSeager1) June 13, 2019
What a surprise that we aren’t playing at home on Boxing Day ?
— mark speller (@supersonic_mark) June 13, 2019
Boxing Day …??
— Joe Burslem (@BurslemJoe) June 13, 2019
We always start with a top 6 side
— Sam (@theboleynboys1) June 13, 2019
Still no home game Boxing Day Karren ???. Anyone fancy a wager that Bournemouth on Jan 1st gets moved to Jan 2nd – but Karren ??? says Westfield has no impact on us ??
— Alan Reynolds ⚒ (@alanreynoldswhu) June 13, 2019
Course it's city first
— Jake Peralta (@JELC1505) June 13, 2019
What a fix
— jh⚒ (@joeharris06) June 13, 2019
WHY ARE WE VERSING A TOP 6 TEAM TO START AGAIN??
— mouncey (@mouncey17) June 13, 2019
What is this thing that's happening here @premierleague
— Jonathan Norgrove (@JonNorgrove) June 13, 2019
They’ve got to be having a laugh now?!
— Matt Ware (@Matthew_Ware_II) June 13, 2019