EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 32

It still feels like the biggest matches are ahead of us, but should be some interesting ones, especially at the bottom of the table, presuming United doesn’t look ahead too much to Tuesday night.  It’s a shame about Blackpool’s form.  Monday night football comes back with a pretty strong match.  Maybe LeBron will be Dalglish’s new signing.

****:  Must-see.  Cancel all other activities.  Do not even DVR as even in America you might hear the score!
:  Strong match; worth watching live; DVR a must if you can’t see live
**:   Flip through quickly to see the goals, red cards, injuries, and perhaps watch the last 5 minutes + injury time if close
*:    Only if you’re a die-hard

Matches shown in chronological order:

Saturday, April 9 (all times EDT)

*** Wolverhampton v Everton, 7:45 am, ESPN2/ESPND & espn3.com [Dowd]
Wolves remain in big trouble, while Moyes’s side should now be safe.  Most Wolves games have at least been entertaining, and I love the ESPN production, so start your weekend off with this one.

*** Man Utd v Fulham, 10 am, FSC/FD [Jones]
The league is theirs for the taking.  Talk of a treble seems premature with Barcelona still alive, but a double, even without Rooney against Tevez, still seems likely.

Chelsea v Wigan, 10 am, FS+ & foxsoccer.tv [Webb]
Now will Torres score?  Or will he be held back for Tuesday evening?

Sunderland v West Brom, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & noon (delayed) FS+ [Walton]
What a big win for Roy Hodgson and the Baggies Sunday!  Terrific appointment. Can he actually keep them up?  Because the team he inherited had no concept of how to defend, and now they look solid.  Hard to believe West Brom could pass the Black Cats in the league with an away win.  Chelsea and Spurs are next, so a loss here for Roy and they may very well be dragged back into it.

** Blackburn v Birmingham, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & 6 pm (delayed) FS+ [Foy]
I’m struggling a bit to see why Fox favored televising this match and pushed the more goal-scoring positive-minded Bolton-West Ham game off the tube this weekend.  I’ll be charitable and give it a second star because it is important for both sides, but these are two I hate watching.

Bolton v West Ham, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv only [Probert]
In the Hammers’ last 4 league matches, they played Liverpool, Stoke, Spurs & United, and could easily have been looking at 1 or 3 points.  Instead they earned 7, though will be disappointed with the defensive display home to the Red Devils in the second half Saturday.  Bolton has been a bogey side for West Ham, though, with Wanderers winning the reverse fixture 1-3 at Upton Park.

** Tottenham v Stoke, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & 5 pm (delayed) FSC [Friend]
6 and a half hours and running without a goal for Spurs.  The team that started so brightly and defended so well against the Milan sides has swooned recently.  With almost no chance of advancing to the Champions League semi-finals, they also have an uphill climb in the league to try to secure 4th again.  Stoke should be safe.

Sunday, 10 April 10

Blackpool v Arsenal, 8:30 am, FSC/FD [Mason]
Blackpool are clinging to 17th and this may be the weekend they drop into the relegation zone.  Like their North London rivals, Gunners need to remember how to put the ball in the net.

*** Aston Villa v Newcastle, 11 am, FSC/FD [Attwell]
Villa still need points.

Monday, April 11

Liverpool v Man City, 3 pm, ESPN [Halsey]
We saw the best of City Sunday.  Do I dare give this game the 3rd star it probably deserves?

Tuesday, April 12

**** Man Utd (1) v Chelsea (0), Champions League quarterfinal leg 2, 2:45 pm, FSC/FD
Usually, I live for these second legs, but this is the only one worth watching this week.  United look much better in the back with Vidic & Ferdinand back, though Evra is looking increasingly suspect defensively.  Hopefully we get an absolute classic, with Martin Tyler on the call, but it’ll take a first half Chelsea goal to make this one truly exciting.

Wednesday, April 13

** Tottenham (0) v Real Madrid (4), Champions League quarterfinal leg 2, 2:45 pm
Can it be done?  It’s metaphysically possible.  What are the odds against a park-the-bus Jose team?  Close to nil.  This should be a thank-you send-off from the Spurs fans for a great season of European football, and one they’re not likely to repeat next year.  If I were Harry, I’d probably rest Bale, and get him ready for the North London derby in a week.

8 thoughts on “EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 32”

  1. Here’s a long shot for you…they haven’t had any form lately, but I’ll pick Blackpool for a result against an Arsenal team that has been nearly as out of sync as the Tangerines.

  2. nomatter how long it take a starmarar he can stil pronounce his father name. Chelsea still remain the trusted side to lift the title this season, watch and see !

  3. David the Yank’s comment that Spurs should rest Gareth Bale against Real Madrid is a neat encapsulation about why us Brits in the States get so frustrated with the ignorance exhibited by so many Americans so-called “soccer fans” in the US.
    David, your enthusiasm is to be admired but I am afraid it is outweighed by yourcolossal ignorance

    1. Well, I’ve been following the PL and its predecessor since the 80s, and I don’t see any flaws in David’s logic. Fighting for CL spot next year seems more realistic than progressing thru CL this year, don’t you think?
      Perhaps you can share your rationale with us?

  4. gee, i hope elmer fudd errr i mean lee mason doesn’t have to send anyone off for cursing on the pitch!! that is the NEW STANDARD now ya know!

  5. Blackpool vs Arsenal looks like the best of the matchups for watching a game on TV this weekend. Both teams will play open attacking soccer. I can see Blackpool getting soemthing from this game as Arsenal lack that bite to win important games.

    Fulham could be a a tricky game for United. Fulham always cause United problems so I can see a draw in this one.

    Wigan might just get the better of Chelsea who will have their sights set on United in their 2nd leg CL game. Wigan are fighting for their EPL lives and Chelsea will be cautious in their play for fear of picking up injuries.

    Liverpool have so many injuries with Gerard, Kelley, Johnson and Agger all out for the rest of the season that they would gladly take a draw. City will rest some players with their sights on the FA Cup semis against United. With a depleted Liverpool squad City can win this even without their strongest team.

    A rested Rooney for the CL 2nd leg against Chelsea could be trouble for Chelsea. United will have to manage their squad with the treble a real possibility. Chelsea have a goal or two in them but whether they can keep a clean sheet is the question. Since Chelsea will attack they will be vulnerable on the counter-attack. See a draw in this one and United going through. [But if it goes into a penalty shootout Chelsea will get their revenge and win it. ]

    Spurs will beat Real Madrid 3-0 but unfortunately not enough to get them through.

  6. Terry, I like your analysis. I see Fulham upsetting United with a late winner by Murphy who always has a good game against United. It’s that Liverpool connection. Arsenal will go into their game against Blackpool knowing of United’s loss but will still get beat. I’m going for a 4-3 win for the ‘Pool. Aston Villa vs Newcastle will be an entertaining affair. Villa will win to ease their relegation worries a bit.

  7. Predictions:
    Wolves 2 – Everton 0
    Manchester United 1 – Fulham 2
    Spurs 1 – Stoke 1
    Blackburn 2 – Birmingham 0
    Sunderland 1 – West Brom 1
    Chelsea 1 – Wigan 1
    Bolton 3 – West Ham 1
    Blackpool 3 – Arsenal 2
    Aston Villa 3 – Newcastle 0
    Liverpool 1 – Manchester City 0

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