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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

 Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

Massive day in the Premier League with the biggest game of the season kicking off between Manchester United and Liverpool. Plus there’s Wigan against Man City, and Chelsea against Blackpool.

During any of the games, post your observations, questions, comments or venting into the comment section below.

Fingers crossed for a wonderful day of football. It looks like it’ll be a good one at Old Trafford. Wet pitch. Big occasion.

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9 Responses to Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

  1. Yespage says:

    So umm… does Liverpool realize that goals aren’t awarded merely for possession in the offensive side? This is how their offense played without Torres last season. And now it is how they are playing with Torres.

    Certainly aren’t out of the game after the first half, but really, when the opposing goalie is knitting sweaters, it is obvious that you aren’t generating any chances whatsoever. There just seems to be no hope when Liverpool drives. Feel like I’m watching Wolves v Man. United, not L’pool.

  2. JMTate says:

    Good game – glad to see Liverpool have some bite in them. Will Berba finish the season with more goals than Rooney?

  3. Yespage says:

    So, when will a player like Nani get a red for diving? Granted, Torres dived a couple times as well (excluding the penalty shot foul), but Nani is just disgraceful. I think he may have hurt himself diving out there.

    Liverpool lost only 3-2, but honestly, it wasn’t that close, perhaps 10 to 15 minutes of it being an even match up. Berbatov was just ridiculously good today, which sucks because he was playing for the wrong team. :^P

  4. Andrei says:

    Yes, 3-2 is very flattering for Liverpool. Most of the game they looked out of their league and only two give-aways from MU kept them close. What should have been a comfortable win MU almost turned into repetition of the last week story. I would be concerned if I was MU supporter. Their back line looks shaky with Evans a real liability and their discipline and composure are lacking. On the positive side for United Berbatov is really coming through when the team needs him the most with Wayne Rooney still MIA.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Man United fully deserved the win but once again one of the talking points is the horrible referee’s decision to not send off a Man United player when Torres had an open path to goal with only the goalie between him and the goal. Goes to show how bad English referees are since this is the same Howard Webb that was the referee at the World Cup final. Arguably the best league in the world deserves better referees.

    Liverpool are in big trouble as I don’t think Hodgson is a step up from Benitez. Liverpool’s defending has been shambolic this season and today they were clueless offensively.

    • Yespage says:

      I disagree. Torres was atop the center of the box. I don’t think there was a chance in heck that Torres could have reached the ball before van der Saar. I think a yellow was appropriate.

      Unless you are talking about when he had the ball in the box and was tackled, that probably deserved a red.

      But in the end, even had Liverpool won, they had 10 to 15 good minutes. They just can’t get the ball on the net, almost regardless of who they play. Liverpool’s first goal came because Man. United were pressuring up front and Liverpool was able to get it up field, with fewer Man. United players to defend. Man United stopped pressing as hard up front after that and Liverpool stopped looking good once again.

  6. SaintElsewhere says:

    Fantasy site is getting hammered, unresponsive right now during Chelsea game.

  7. Stephen J. says:

    If Howard Webb is the best referee in the EPL then it just goes to show how bad EPl referees are. John O’Shea should have been sent off for his bringing down of Torres. That said Liverpool look like a team without a clue as to how to play. So far I have not been impressed with Hodgson’s tactics, team selections and substitutions. I know it’s early but things look very dire for Liverpool.

  8. Anaabel says:

    Liverpool have not played a single decent game yet. They played better with 10 men against an Arsenal team that did not feature fabregas and van persie than in any of their other EPl games. Hodgson has yet to prove that he is the right man for the job. So far I am far from convinced that Hodgson is a top class manager. He seems to me to be a mid-table type manager. His selections, tactics, substitutions, etc. have been awful. If he were a foreign manager he would be getting a lot of stick for Liverpool’s poor start to the season. I have not seen a a worse defense than Liverpool’s. I can see Liverpool struggling in the botton half of the table this season. That’s where they belong based on performance.

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