Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 29: Open Thread

Don’t listen to the others, but today there are actually two massive Premier League matches that will be played before our eyes. The first one, of course, is the battle between Liverpool and Manchester United from Anfield (8:30am ET, Fox Soccer Channel). This is a crucial match for so many different reasons. Most of all perhaps to see whether Liverpool can unsettle Manchester United and force the Red Devils to lose their second league match in a row for the first time this season. While Liverpool always want to beat their arch-rival, they hope to beat them this season so that the Red Devils won’t go on to win their 19th league title. Right now, they’re tied for 18 league titles with Liverpool.

The other match of huge importance today is Wolverhampton Wanderers against Tottenham (11am ET, Fox Soccer Channel). It’s critical because before the match kicks off there will be a tribute for Dean Richards, who died last week aged 36 after he lost his battle against a brain tumor. It’s fitting that this match is being played when it is because Richards played for both clubs in his career.

On the football pitch, the match will have big consequences on the table. Wolves are fighting for survival and Tottenham are fighting to regain fourth place after Chelsea leapfrogged them.

Before, during or after today’s matches, feel free to use the comments section below to post your rants, raves, observations or questions. Let’s hope today’s two matches are scintillating ones. Many of yesterday’s ones certainly were.

25 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 29: Open Thread”

  1. Hahaha…haven’t heard or thought of that song if years. But, it’s so random and really has nothing to do with footy…such a blatant grasp at straws to connect it to footy just because of the number 19.

    C’mon Kenny & the Lads!! YNWA!!!

      1. I get the 19 reference…just the song is so random even if it is called 19. But yeah, great song .

        But, I’ll bow to you just because your site…in true 80s parlance…is rad!

  2. Man Utd starting line-up: Van der Sar, Rafael, Smalling, Brown, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney

    Liverpool starting line-up: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Gerrard, Lucas, Kuyt, Meireles, Maxi, Suarez. Carroll on bench.

    The Gaffer

  3. Bloody hell. That was one of the most action packed 45 minutes in a very long time. So many talking points.

    What are your thoughts about Nani? Do you feel sorry for him or not?

    The Gaffer

    1. How could he possibly get up off the ground, run over to the ref to show his injury then fall down again and have to be stretchered off? Laughable.

    1. Definitely a perfect example of how much Liverpool hates Manchester United and vice-versa. Sometimes this derby drifts into a bland match with both teams nervous to make mistakes. This one is the opposite (but definitely with mistakes).

      The Gaffer

  4. MU well on their way to losing their third out of five. So much for the “invincibles.” I haven’t been this happy sine I left the Bridge Tuesday night. Who will Ferguson blame this one on?

  5. What a terrific game. Both sides went out to win the game and that’s a compliment to both managers for their tactics. That said, I think Fergie got his midefield selection wrong by dropping Fletcher and putting in Carrick.

    The only downside to a terrific display of soccer was Fergie’s decision to not talk to the media and also to prevent his players from doing so. Losing with dignity and winning with humility is not Fergie’s way. Too bad.

  6. What a spirited performance by the Wolves. And under performing Spurs being bailed out again by flashes of individual brilliance and some lucky breaks.

    1. Yes, brilliant match and even better than the North West derby from earlier in the morning. A great day for Premier League matches today (and this weekend).

      The Gaffer

  7. Two terrific games today in the EPL. That’s why it’s arguably the best league in the world. I feel sorry for Wolves as I thought Spurs were lucky to not have a player sent off for the penalty and their disallowed goal should have stood. The Spurs goalkeeper was not impeded.

    Kudos to McCarthy for not going after the officials after the game for those bad calls. I hope Wolves stay up as they are entertaining and their manager doesn’t complain. Cannot say the same for Manchester United’s Ferguson. He is always blaming the referees and now won’t talk to the media. Not even the club’s own MUTV. Disgraceful!

    As a neutral I’d love to see Arsenal win the league title except I don’t know if they are mentally strong enough to do so during this critical period when they have to play so many games including the CL and FA Cup. Even Chelsea and Man City have an outside chance if nited and Arsenal falter. Great runup to the end of the season. Best time of year.

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