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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread

3847619241 d948305aa2 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread

One of the reasons why I love watching soccer matches on Saturdays is the sheer quantity of them stretched across six continuous hours. And that’s just the Premier League.

Today will be quite different because there are five Premier League games starting at the same time (10am ET/3pm BST) and no early or late match. The matches feature four games that will be tough battles between sides that match up well against each other: Aston Villa versus Blackburn, Everton against Sunderland, Newcastle versus Bolton and Wolves against Blackpool. And then there’s Wigan against Manchester United, which is probably going to be a more one-sided affair. But as we saw against Liverpool, Wigan is not going to sit back and take it. They’ll try to deliver a knockout punch against a Big Four team too.

By now, you probably know the drill. Before, during or after the matches, feel free to use the comments section below as a thread to post your questions, rants or observations.

And for those of you craving more soccer than the 2-hour spread of time when you can choose between 5 Premier League matches at once at 10am ET, you can also watch Swansea versus Leeds (7:45am ET on Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv), the first 30 minutes of Schalke versus Nuremberg (9:30am ET on ESPN3.com), Atletico Madrid against Sevilla (Noon ET on GolTV), Mallorca against Barcelona (2pm ET on ESPN3.com), Juventus against Bologna (2:45pm ET on Fox Soccer Channel) and many of the 10am Premier League matches on delay during Saturday afternoon on Fox Soccer Channel.

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18 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread

  1. Joe says:

    You forgot Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund at 12:30. I don’t know what channel, but I’m sure I’ll be able to find it online

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Joe, I see Bayern Munich v Dortmund on GolTV, delayed at 2pm. The above list isn’t complete. There are a ton of other games on today including many Lique Un matches on FoxSoccer.tv. The games listed above were most of the big live ones that fans may fit in before or after the Premier League matches today.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  3. Terry says:

    The Bayern vs Dortmund game is live on espn3.com at 12:30 pm. Mallorca vs Barcelona is also on ESPND (ESPN Deportes) at 2 PM.

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Ok coverage between Swansea and Leeds is now on at http://www.beta.foxsoccer.tv/page/sub/WatchLiveEvent/0,,13138~624129,00.html

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. The Gaffer says:

    Interesting to hear the stadium announcer speaking to the Swansea crowd in Welsh before the game. That’s something you don’t hear too often.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  6. john r says:

    reporting for duty with the swansea game. And i get a phil dowd bonus! favorite referee in the game.

  7. John R. says:

    wow, that was a beautiful set of plays before the swansea goal.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Wonderful run by Scott Sinclair (formerly of Chelsea), a sublime back heel from Luke Moore (formerly of West Brom) and a beauty of a goal from Sinclair. Some nice runs by Nathan Dyer down the right wing too. Brilliant game so far.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  8. DaveMo says:

    Gaffer,

    Why no match on ESPN2 this morning?

    Dave

    • Joe says:

      Arsenal-Spurs was supposed to be the morning game, but is postponed because of the Carling final.

      Is anyone else annoyed by the lack of an on-screen score box during Championship and Champions League games?

  9. The Gaffer says:

    Watching Wolves v Blackpool and Wigan against Man United. Edwin van der Sar is earning his paycheck today. But what about that blatant elbow from Rooney?

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • Earl Reed says:

      You surprised that a referee lets ManU get away with junk?

      DJ Campbell took a harsh push to the neck of Stearman, got sent off.

      Such is the case in the English Profit League.

      Then again, Blackpool are playing like they’d just as soon be at home today.

      • The Gaffer says:

        DJ Campbell’s push was stupid. He didn’t even try to disguise his anger. Rooney, although wrong, tried to sneak the elbow in without the referee seeing it.

        Cheers,
        The Gaffer

  10. DaveMo says:

    Big fan of United and Rooney. No defense for that act, though. Had hoped he was past all that – his need to pick fights to get gee’d up. Very Lucky to still be on the pitch after that move. Can’t be doing that crap with the fixture list they’re facing.

  11. Joe says:

    Not EPL related, but I was very impressed with Dortmund today. Looking forward to seeing them make some noise in Europe next year and beyond

  12. Brian says:

    Great overall performance from Everton. Arteta looked like he is returning to form and Osman was great the entire match. That being said, Sunderland looked lethargic and disjointed in midfield.

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