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Carling Cup Final and Premier League Sunday: Open Thread

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Today marks the first English cup final of 2011 pitting Arsenal against Birmingham City in the Carling Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London. The match is massive for both teams (and supporters). And hopefully it’ll be an entertaining two-sided affair.

But before the League Cup Final kicks off at 11am ET, there are two Premier League matches earlier in the morning featuring West Ham United against Liverpool (8:30am ET) followed by Manchester City versus Fulham (10am ET). The Hammers will be desperate for a win to lift them off the bottom of the Premier League table. Liverpool will want to continue their progress under new manager Kenny Dalglish. At the same time, Manchester City will want to push on and to try to close the gap between third place and second. Fulham, meanwhile, will want to move further away from the drop zone in the Premier League.

Before, during and after the games on Sunday, use the comments section below to post your questions, rants and observations. And feel free to vote to see if you can pick who will win the 2011 Carling Cup.

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19 Responses to Carling Cup Final and Premier League Sunday: Open Thread

  1. Joe says:

    Why has seemingly no one mentioned how Birmingham has a lot more to play for here than Arsenal? Yea it’d be nice for Arsenal to get their first trophy since 2005, but the wait has been much longer for Birmingham. That and the winner of Carling gets a Europa league spot, which means nothing to Arsenal but would be huge for a team like Birmingham.

  2. The Gaffer says:

    I don’t see West Ham keeping a clean sheet in this match, which will make the second half very interesting.

    The Gaffer

  3. DGS says:

    I almost didn’t recognize Balotelli without his snood.

  4. Brian says:

    Really enjoying watching how fired up Dempsey is for today’s match…haven’t seen much of Fulham this year

  5. Andrei says:

    Lucky escape for Arsenal early on. It could have easily been a penalty kick and red card for Szczesny.

  6. Devils Advocate says:

    Valid penalty call by Bowyer of Birmingham as he’s taken down in the penalty area by the Arsenal goalkeeper but pass to Bowyer was wrongly ruled offside by the linesman.

  7. Devils Advocate says:

    Duff equalises for Fulham @ Eastlands 1-1 (48min)

  8. Devils Advocate says:

    mesmerising footwork by Nasri takes through 3 B’ham players in the penalty area but his shot goes high and wide

  9. Devils Advocate says:

    Arsenal defence is all at sea whilst Zigic heads in from a corner 1-0 to Birmingham (27mins)

  10. Brian says:

    What was that?

  11. Stephen says:

    Weyyyy Birmingham :)

  12. VillaPark says:

    Really seems to me like Koscielny made contact with the ball and that’s why Szczesny didn’t grab the ball to allow the goal. Not sure why the announcers aren’t mentioning that at all.

  13. SeminoleGunner says:

    Ugh…Sometimes I think the Arsenal players sit around thinking up the best way to torture us.

    Birmingham played well enough to win over the 90. I thought McLeish outmaneuvered Wenger to an extent by not parking the bus early and really going for it. That allowed them to control the first 30 minutes. Even the one bright spot for Arsenal may have seen us lose Van Persie to injury! That’s Arsenal in a big moment for you.

    I just wish Birmingham could have won through a great moment instead of a screw up which will probably haunt a couple of promising careers for who knows how long. Full credit to them though.

    Much was written of what a springboard this could be for a young Arsenal team, most of which had never won a medal. I think it may end up having the exact opposite effect.

  14. Devils Advocate says:

    Well done Birmingham. Winners against the odds! Superb & Congratulations

  15. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Fantastic result for football, couldn’t have happened to a bigger bunch of twits than arrogant Arsenal and myopic Wenger. Particularly pleasing given the Arsenal players spouting off before the match about Fabregas lifting the trophy, wrote Alex Mcleish’s teamtalk for him.

    Just need Leyton Orient and Barcalona to finish the job now.

  16. BBC says:

    Looks like the FA Cup is back to being a priority. . . such a gutless team

  17. bluenose-on-sunday says:

    Yabba dabba dooooooo

    Back four – superb especially Johnson and Carr
    Foster – man-of-the-match
    Zigic and Martins
    and Bowyer’s savvy

  18. Bluenose-on-Sunday says:

    Back four – superb – particularly Johnson and Carr
    Foster – man-of-the-match
    Zigic and Martins
    Bowyer’s savvy – messes with the Arsenal’s heads

    Eck – made very savyy substitutions.

    Predicted – yeah!

  19. trickybrkn says:

    Well done to Birmingham… They hung around long enough to make Arsenal pay for one huge mistake…

    And gaff of the day FSC giving Charlton Cole man of the match. Fair enough he scored a goal, but Ba did well for and scored for 88 minutes. Man of the match for WHU was clearly Scott Parker, who opener set up the win.

    Only FSC would give MOM to man on for less then 6 minutes.

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