Southampton have discovered their Premier League fixture fate as Thursday morning saw each of the 20 clubs find out when they would be playing each team over the course of the 2019-20 campaign.
For the Saints, the opening day of the new season will see them head north to take on Lancashire outfit Burnley at Turf Moor, the game taking place on the weekend of 10-11 August, in what is a bit of a deja vu.
The two sides met on the first day of the 2018-19 campaign at St Mary's, and fans of both sides will no doubt be hoping for a different display and outcome, with that match ending in a goalless draw.
Southampton broke the fixture news their end in a creative manner on Twitter, each matchday - or indeed international break - represented by emojis:
Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) 13 June 2019
That said, some Saints fans may not have exactly been in the mood to decipher images at 9 in the morning, so for all of the admin's efforts - and it looks as though it took a long time in terms of planning and execution - it did have some detractors:
Can we have it in English an not ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs— Gary Wyatt (@SaintGaz76) 13 June 2019
for Liverpool in future please. #saintsfc— Glen de la Cour (leagueoneminus10) (@L1minus10) 13 June 2019
sack this intern— Tom (@octyI) 13 June 2019
— ♥ (@MissYjw1) 13 June 2019
Wtf man— Ewan White (@ewanwhite1999) 13 June 2019
Very clever, love it!— ANGELA TRAVEL (@AngelaTravel53) 13 June 2019
You guys got me doing way too much this early. Trying to work this out— Jamal. (@JXMSZ) 13 June 2019
That is not useful— Kieren Evison (@Kieren_Evison) 13 June 2019
Can someone decipher this code? I have absolutely no clue what I’m looking at.— JDeleay (@JDeleay) 13 June 2019
Eventually, something a little more decipherable was posted, and some Saints fans voiced their thoughts on the fixtures:
The backend of September all the way until the start of December is a massive yikes.— JDeleay (@JDeleay) 13 June 2019
rough home games— Matt Walcott (@MattWalcott07) 13 June 2019
December is the month where we need to be on form lots of winnable games then. It will be make or break for the rest of the season— Jamie Egan (@pominoz83) 13 June 2019
Sept 28th - Nov 23rd will be a dark period— Sean McG (@KidTipper) 13 June 2019
Good to have two homes games over the Christmas period Palace and Spurs.— Peter Armstrong (@peterjarmstrong) 13 June 2019
Nasty April— Billyb333 (@Billyb3332) 13 June 2019
Ralph Hasenhuttl's charges will finish their season against newly promoted Sheffield United at home.
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