Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread

Football - Newcastle United v Liverpool Barclays Premier League - St James Park - 28/12/08.Shola Ameobi Photo via Newscom

In what has been billed as the best Premier League of the weekend (let’s certainly hope so), there is so much in store for today including the biggest clash of the day between Newcastle United and Liverpool as well as West Ham against Manchester City, and much more. It’ll be intriguing day to say the least as we see Alan Pardew return, as well as matches between Stoke and Blackpool, Aston Villa against West Bromwich Albion, Fulham versus Sunderland and Everton versus Wigan.

Feel free to leave your comments, rants and observations before, during and after the games today in the comments section below.

Wherever you live in the world, let’s hope the Premier League brings a smile to your face.

11 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread”

  1. Wow! What a goal by Yaya Toure.

    Let’s just hope that the Hammers don’t give up the energy they started with. If they keep playing like they’re doing, they’re good enough for a goal.

    The Gaffer

  2. Managing Manchester CIty is like looking after a bunch of spoiled children at times. Last week it was Tevez. This week it was Balotelli.

    Mancini definitely doesn’t have an easy job.

    Personally I think he made the right decision taking him off. Balotelli was on his way to getting a second yellow if he continued on with that attitude.

    The Gaffer

    1. Agreed on Balotelli.

      City needs to focus in around their best players (Tevez, Toure, Silva, etc.) and cut loose some of the excess either in January or next summer. Too many parts moving in and out of the lineup leads to maddening inconsistency.

  3. Rumors of Glen Johnson leaving in January- as a Liverpool Fan, I can only hope we get a good portion of the $18mm we paid Pompey for him. Good riddance

  4. Hmm… very interesting. In the Newcastle against Liverpool match, they’ve lost the picture feed. Luckily for IMG/TWI, the picture came back a couple of minutes later. But it showed how risky it is to have Tony Jones and Craig Burley commentating the game off the television set in London when the game was played in Newcastle. These technical issues are few and far between, but commentators in these instances are as blind as we are when the picture goes out.

    The Gaffer

  5. Man, how much longer will Everton continue to squander quality crosses from Baines? The goals aren’t coming which makes Tim Cahill’s upcoming departure for the Asian Cup particularly inopportune.

        1. True, but before Donovan played with Everton last season, the Toffees were on a poor run of form. After he arrived, Everton had a dramatic run of form. It’s all about chances, and Donovan creates them. All they need is Marouane Fellaini or Jermaine Beckford to knock them in.

          The Gaffer

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