With the Premier League and Football League fixtures being announced tomorrow many may see it as a formality but there are certainly some interesting statistical patterns to take note of in the build-up to the big kick-off.
Not many Manchester United fans will wish to see their team lose on the opening day, for obvious reasons, but bear with us.
Although United have won thirteen Premier League titles, one other positive omen to take from, should this season begin with defeat on the opening day, is that United hold the unique honour of being the only Premier League team to have won the title following an opening day loss.
Three of their titles have been won this way. In 1992/93, 1995/96 as well as United’s most recent top flight title in 2012/13.
So, in a roundabout way an opening weekend defeat for the Old Trafford outfit could just be a good sign, particularly as the the club’s last title was won following a bad start.
Chelsea, who have the best opening day record of any team, may just be the ideal opponents. Particularly as the reigning champions have never lost the opening game in 23 Premier League seasons.
On the other hand, if this same criteria is to be used, United will not wish to face Norwich City – they’ve failed to pick up three points on the opening day since 2002.
It may be a case of starting as you don’t mean to go on then for United.
Source: Sky Sports