CHIEF EXECUTIVE Tony Scholes believes the prospect of facing both West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at home during the festive period will be exciting news for all Stoke City supporters.
The Potters will welcome both teams to the Britannia Stadium within the space of five days, as the Baggies make the short trip up the M6 on Sunday 28th December and United travel down to Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 1st January.
Along with another home encounter against Chelsea on Saturday 20th December and a Boxing Day trip to Everton, this season's festive fixtures look a lot more accessible to fans compared to the corresponding matches last time around.
"Last Christmas we were away at Newcastle then away again at Tottenham a few days later, so it was a ridiculous schedule of matches," said Scholes.
"This season it looks a lot better on paper, tough games but the two big home matches in West Brom on the 28th and then Manchester United on New Year's Day are mouth-watering ties."
Whilst this represent marked shift from the fixtures handed to Stoke last term, there is still a daunting run of matches stretching from the middle of November through to the middle of January.
City will face six of the last season's top seven teams during this period, with two of those both home and away, and Scholes added, "There was a clutch of games that jumped out at me with a run of 11 games from the beginning of November until just into January when we play all of the top six including Arsenal both home and away.
"That will be a particularly tough period of the season, but you can always say that you have to play everyone twice throughout the season so it does even itself out."
The release of the 2014/15 fixtures also sees Aston Villa visit the Britannia Stadium as Stoke begin a new season in the Potteries for the first time in three years.
Also lying in wait at the start of the campaign are Premier League Champions Manchester City and Europa League participants Hull City, with newly-promoted Leicester City rounding off the opening four fixtures.
"It's been a couple of years since we opened the season with a home game so we are really pleased to welcome Aston Villa to the Britannia Stadium on the first weekend," Scholes added.
"We did very well against Aston Villa last season so let's hope we can start of well again this season with similar performances and results.
"It's always tough playing Manchester City at the Etihad, who are reigning champions of course, and it doesn't get better than that, with also playing Hull away then a newly promoted team in Leicester City for our second home game.
"For those opening four games we have the whole range of matches really so it is very exciting.
"When the fixtures come out, it makes it all real again and it means that last season is well and truly over and we can all look forward to next season."
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