Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread

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Today gives us two very important matches for all four teams involved. Arsenal travel to Goodison Park to play Everton, a side that they usually has a difficult time beating. Except for last year when the Gunners won 6-1 on the opening day of the season.

While Arsenal will be focused on getting all three points so they can narrow the gap at the top of the table, it’s also a vital match for Everton who, if they lose, will stay stuck just two points above the relegation zone. But if they win they will find themselves as high as eighth position. Such is how tight the Premier League is right now.

Later today we’ll have the prospect of Chelsea at home against Sunderland. The Blues continue to be a formidable force especially at Stamford Bridge, so I’m not holding out much luck for the Black Cats. But Steve Bruce’s side desperately need points to help put their derby defeat out of their minds.

A win for Chelsea will put them six points ahead in the Premier League.

No matter what happens, feel free to use the comments section below to post your questions, observations or to just rant about the games.

11 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread”

  1. Everton got screwed a couple times by Webb. A foul on Pienaar right outside the box early in the game. They should have been awarded a corner at the end of the game, and then he gave Coleman a yellow for arguing. It’s a shame. This game could’ve gone differently for the Toffees.

  2. Chelsea sorely missed their injured/suspended players today, probably nobody more than Alex and Terry. They had 90% of the possession for the first 20 minutes of the match and seemed firmly in control. If Drogba makes that 2nd free kick it might have been a completely different game. Once Sunderland got a couple of good shots on goal and gained some confidence, they completely exposed Chelsea’s weaknesses and were clearly the better team on the day.

  3. Great showing by Sunderland.

    I originally thought that the Gyan signing was a poor one, putting too much weight on a great WC performance, but ignoring his unremarkable form in France. But it seems that I may have been wrong…

    As for Chelsea…it must be nice to have so many issues, yet still be top of the table. The midfield looked poor, they desperately must wish Lampard were fit. Drogba still hasn’t found his pre-illness form. Cech honestly saved them from a much worse result.

  4. What a result today at the Bridge. I am completely shocked. I was resigned to Chelsea increasing their margin at the top of the table. Sunderland was very impressive with their chances. Coming into the match, I figured a draw would be an excellent result for Sunderland, figuring a 0-0 scoreline would be the only way they got there.

    I am sure SAF and the rest at Old Trafford are very relieved. This result makes United salvaging a point mean even more in a crowded top of the table. Further, anyone thinking that only Manchester United get “all the breaks” Chelsea got away with one today. Ivanovic’s yello card reeked of home cooking. Classic red card foul- breakaway, goal scoring opportunity, and tackled from behind. If Chelsea played with ten men, I wonder how many more times Welbeck & Gyan could have found the back of the net.

    As for the earlier game- aside from Arsenal’s hideous away kits, I thought their performance was workman like. Nice one touch by Fabergas and Sagna’s rocket past Howard was impressive from the angle and the short range. I have seen Howard play that angle well before. Sagna’s strike reminded me a lot of Landon Donovan’s first goal in the 2010 World Cup.

    Once again, there is nothing like the Premier League on the weekends. I just absolutely live for it!

  5. So much for your lack of faith in Sunderland. They are doing quite all right these days despite the brief setback against the Looney Toons. Ha’way the Lads!

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