Blues kick off against Spurs at home

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2016-17 fixtures
Everton 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.

The full list of fixtures is here or at available at

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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Denis Richardson
1 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:08:28
Always want a home start so not too unhappy. Both teams will be rusty and hopefully a packed GP eager to see the new RK side will be the 12th man.

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?

Sam Hoare
2 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:12:52
I think its always useful to play a good team on opening day as its something of a lottery and most teams are still searching for their groove. Maybe its just in my mind but seems more chance of an upset on opening day and so always hate playing promoted teams who are full of hope.

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.

Ken Buckley
3 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:14:15
December should sort a few things out
Steve Bingham
4 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:19:19
Opening day at home is always a special one and this is going to be all the more so with our new boss in place , hopefully along with a good fair few new players in the team raring to go . Of course there will be pure optimism buzzing around as there always is but I am just looking forward to seeing us truly competitive with a real sense of pride in the shirt again ! I'm sure Mr K will bring that which will do for me to start . Exciting times .
Michael Coffey
5 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:20:08
Last time we played Tottenham at home on the opening day we won the league.
Anthony Dwyer
6 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:21:03
Great fixture to open up our new campaign under new management.

Big ask but we are a big club so lets have it.

Rob Halligan
7 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:24:19
Michael # 5 , we also played west brom away first that season. We lost both!
Patrick Murphy
8 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:30:25
Michael (5) The last time we played Spurs at home in the opening fixture was in August 2002 which ended in a draw (2-2) Pembridge and Radzinski scoring for the Toffees.
Mike Green
9 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:34:13
Exciting fixtures list - much more so than the leaked one the other day.

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 : )

Sue Brown
10 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:34:55
Great fixture to start the ball rolling;
Michael #5 I'm optimistic!
December and April stand out as tough months, hopefully we'll be in our stride by then!
John Louis Jones
11 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:36:08
Nov 26th to Boxing day is a tough run of games.

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.

Mike Green
13 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:50:42
John Louis Jones #11 - yeah, but look at their run in....
John Louis Jones
14 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:53:42
Mike they could have a new manager by November.
Eric Myles
15 Posted 15/06/2016 at 09:59:52
Denis #1, Funes Mori
Dave Pritchard
16 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:00:16
You would have thought that last season's PL results would have stopped the 'tough start', 'easy November' type of thing but it still persists. Also anybody saying why do we get such and such a fixture list close to FA Cup QF etc is talking nonsense. Every team plays the other 19 teams twice for goodness sake. When you play them is irrelevant. Which teams will be in form when you play them and what injuries each team has are imponderables at this stage.
Damian Wilde
17 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:06:29
An enthusiastic and fit Koeman team plus a noisy Goodison could give the team the extra bite needed to do Spurs! Remember as well they finished badly, gutted they didn't win the league; a 5-1 drubbing at relegated Newcastle and ended up being pipped to the runners up spot by Arsenal, wounder. A few of theirs will play most Euro games too. Hopefully a home win.

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.

John Louis Jones
18 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:14:39
Dave #16

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.

Ian Burns
19 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:19:26
I am praying that this season opposition fans will be looking at that fixture list and will not fancy getting three points against us - specifically the Spurs fans - in their shoes/boots I wouldn't like that opening fixture one bit!
Mike Green
20 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:24:04
John and Dave - I think you're both right tbh.

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.

Bob Parrington
21 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:25:20
OK. So looks like 96 points next season? Wouldn't that be nice?

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!

Daniel Lawrence
22 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:25:26
The 2-2 opening day draw was a certain 16 year old's debut...
Jim Potter
23 Posted 15/06/2016 at 10:32:32
Looking at those fixtures - what a chance to get off to a super start. A win against Spurs and the confidence and self belief will soar.

Go Ron Ron Ron ... go Ron Ron Ron!

Thomas Surgenor
24 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:00:41
Fixture list has been kind to us.

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?!

Thomas Surgenor
25 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:02:45
Denis #1

I believe RFM is for the Olympics.

Damian Wilde
26 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:16:24
I wonder if Koeman may reverse the Mori, Olympics decision? It's a nonsense.
Mike Allison
27 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:16:34
Finally we don't start against a newly promoted team.

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.

Sam Hoare
28 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:20:12
Reason for those non-England fans to cheer on the three lions. The longer England stay in the tournament the more exhausted the heavy Spurs contigent will be for the season opener. Kane already looks spent and in desperate need of a break.
Patrick Murphy
29 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:23:30
We won't know until the games have been played whether it's a good set of fixtures or not. One game at a time is the only way to look at the fixture list, too many people in the modern game are always looking ahead to what might happen in the next game or even numerous games in advance.

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.

Kevin Gillen
30 Posted 15/06/2016 at 11:24:29
If we're not in the top four after seven games it'll be a relegation battle.
Dave Pritchard
31 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:04:04
Kevin, I am assuming that is tongue-in-cheek. In the same spirit - I blame Koeman for those fixtures. What was he thinking? We have to play Man City twice and one of them is away from home.
Steavey Buckley
32 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:05:10
December not a very good month for the faint hearted. 4 tough games one after another.
Paul Kelly
33 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:25:00
We can win the league at the Arse, Niasse bangs in four, Ian Wright style no less, showing the Arsenal board what they could of had had they approached Koeman earlier.

Tom Bowers
34 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:28:38
Doesn't really matter who we play and when. If they are good enough they will get the results and hopefully not too many disappointments.

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.

Mike Corcoran
35 Posted 15/06/2016 at 12:42:05
It was the same in 84-85 and we lost 4-1. Turned out alright at the end of the season though.
Kev Johnson
36 Posted 15/06/2016 at 13:19:40
Michael @5, yes you're correct, but we also got thumped 4-1. I was there, we were all over them. They had 4 attacks and scored. Great memories.
Alan Bodell
37 Posted 15/06/2016 at 13:35:16
Always good to play the tougher teams early as they will always have strength in depth throughout the season but if we get the so called 'weaker' teams if there is such a thing, then the chances are they will have a few injuries further down the line.

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.

�ystein Heggelund
38 Posted 15/06/2016 at 14:21:34
Does anyone know when the first batch of televised and moved games isnormally announced? Hoping to take my son to the Middlesbrough game in September, but would hate to have flight tickets and hotel booking in place, only for the match to be moved to Sunday the 18th.
George Green
39 Posted 15/06/2016 at 14:27:59
On paper this is a very kind fixture list, but there are no easy games in the Premier League. I'm sure Koeman can sort us out so we are ready for the new season. COYB!!!!!
David Hallwood
40 Posted 15/06/2016 at 14:35:20
I see we're playing the RS Christmas week and April Fools day – you couldn't make it up!
Kevin Tully
41 Posted 15/06/2016 at 16:18:51
I think the Premier League are going to introduce regular Friday night fixtures throughout this coming season, but there is very little chance our opening game will be a 3:00 Saturday kick-off. Prefer Saturday 5:30 myself, hopefully not Monday at 8:00 though.
Brent Stephens
42 Posted 15/06/2016 at 16:52:42
I think our Xmas might come a few days early this year given the date of the rs (lower case for an inferior side) fixture.
David Hallwood
44 Posted 15/06/2016 at 18:48:51
rs (lower case) it is Brent, I stand corrected
Denis Richardson
45 Posted 15/06/2016 at 18:57:04
So only Mori out at the olymipcs, cheers for the updates. Seems we get off pretty lightly.

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.

Brent Stephens
46 Posted 15/06/2016 at 19:25:59
Capital, David. Capital!
Dave Ganley
47 Posted 15/06/2016 at 20:38:46
Just can't wait for the new season and first game against Spurs. Goodison will be bouncing once again. Been way too long but finally the grey skies are lifting from the Grand Old Lady
Steve Carse
48 Posted 16/06/2016 at 09:56:47
Has it ever been determined as to why the first derby is always at GP?
Steve Carse
49 Posted 16/06/2016 at 09:56:48
Has it ever been determined as to why the first derby is always at GP?
Dave Pritchard
50 Posted 16/06/2016 at 10:09:20
Presumably it is the computer's random choice. There is a 50% chance each season of this happening. It does seem to have been the first one at Goodison in recent seasons. I am sure someone will be able to tell us the last time it wasn't.
Ken Buckley
51 Posted 16/06/2016 at 10:10:27
Steve @49
The Echo did a piece on it and spoke to the compiler and it all comes down to the 'Luck of the draw'
Ian Jones
52 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:02:00
Re the Derby fixture being played at Goodison first. Apparently 13 out of last 14 seasons.

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!

Ian Burns
53 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:35:05
The derby at GP falls first because EFC request it that way around.
Ian Jones
54 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:38:36
Hi Ian.

Out of interest, is there any particular reason why we request it that way.

Jamie Crowley
55 Posted 16/06/2016 at 12:04:51
Tully @ 41 -

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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