After a trip to Arsenal a week later, the Magpies welcome Norwich and Burnley to St James’ Park. And Howe will be under pressure to pick up points from his initial block of fixtures.
If Newcastle still haven’t won a game after that, they will be staring over the precipice and facing a drop back into the Championship.
Howe’s team will travel to Leicester City, Liverpool and Everton in the final month of the year as well as hosting Manchester City and Manchester United either side of Christmas Day.
The nightmare schedule could leave the Magpies clinging to their Premier League status before they’ve even seen in the New Year.