Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

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With the big match of the weekend between Tottenham and Liverpool not being played until tomorrow, it gives us the great opportunity to watch some intriguing Premier League games today.

The early kick-off between Aston Villa and Arsenal will see the return of Robert Pires on the same pitch as the Gunners. Villa Park is often a difficult place to win points and Arsenal need them desperately to make up for last weekend’s shock loss to Tottenham. So this match should be riveting to watch without a doubt.

For the 10am ET/3pm GMT fixtures, there are several delightful ones to choose from. The “Save Our Season” clash between West Ham United and Wigan will be a must-see. If West Ham loses, Avram Grant may be sacked in the morning. Meanwhile, at the beginning of the season if you told me that Bolton against Blackpool would have been a must-see match, I would have thought you were insane. But the game is a must-see especially with both clubs being so attacking in nature.

Stoke against Man City will be fascinating to watch to see if another giant killing can take place. Wolves against Sunderland will be interesting especially since it’s Mick McCarthy managing against the club he used to manage. It’s imperative that Wolves gets all three points to start mounting an escape from the relegation zone. But Sunderland is playing some good football at the moment, so the game should feature a lot of back-and-forth.

Everton against West Brom and Fulham against Birmingham will be decent matches to watch. And last, but not least, there’s Man United at home against Blackburn Rovers. Sam Allardyce’s side has been scoring a lot of goals recently so Rovers may not be the automatic three points that many United fans will believe they are.

Before, during and after the games today, post your comments, rants and observations in the comments section below. And let’s hope it’s a brilliant Premier League Saturday.

14 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread”

  1. Good match. ESPN is doing a good job – liked to segment at the half about what food is typically available at English stadiums. I like when there is a 7:00 ET match because ESPN can’t reveal the other scores yet.

  2. I thought Steve Mcmanaman was supposed to be doing commentary with Ian Drake and not Ekoku? (Not sure if I spelled any of those names right haha). I really loved Mcmanaman’s insight at the World Cup this summer, so I wanted to hear more from him instead of how he needs salt and pepper for one of his meat pies.

    Still though, crazy game! Glad ESPN is getting some nutso games to broadcast.

  3. good job Arsenal. i think i have to DVR Arsenal’s games instead of watching Live. whenever i try to watch them Live they are giving me fits, they always win when i DVR them..
    And i would like to thank ESPN for there coverage.. FSC your presentation is a medeival

  4. Manchester United look lie they are entering that second gear. What a spirited effort for the first half. Amazing how interested Berbatov looks after getting on the board early.

    Regardinging Rooney, he looks amazing fit. I think SAF knew exactly what he was doing sending him to bootcamp.

    Quick question- Is the Diouf who received the yellow card the striker on loan from Manchester United? If so, I thought the terms of a loan deal would prevent him from playing against Manchester United, ie- like Cleverly when we played Wigan & Welbeck when we went to Sunderland.

  5. Manchester United look the best they have all year. Amazing how interested Berbatov gets after getting on the board early. This might be the match where United switch into another gear. They have not had a match where their form has been as good as today.

    What is the deal with Diouf? This is not United’s Diouf right? I thought loaned players were not allowed to play vs their parent club.

    1. Two different players on Blackburn named Diouf. The one playing is the annoying one who likes to spit on opposing fans from time to time.

  6. I can’t wait to see what The Sun has to say about Berbatov now…fans in England should pay double for the privilege to watch the Bulgarian talent week in and week out…I know, it’s Blackburn, but it’s hard to score 5 in a small field pick-up-game these days…today, the Bulgarian wrote history…thank you very much!

  7. Big cheers to Berbatov! Hell, even Anderson had a great game and I haven’t seen him play that well in a long time. With Anderson surging forward and Carrick covering the back four United looked very strong in attack. At least today it looked to be a better combo in the mid than the typical Fletcher/Scholes pairing.

    Was Blackburn terrible or did Manchester United finally kick it into second gear?

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