Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread
Saturday is always my favorite day of the week. My day to watch as many Premier League games as I can. My day to watch my 7-year-old daughter play little-league soccer. And this particular Saturday is special for me because I get to watch my two favorite teams, Swansea City against Norwich (FoxSoccer.tv at 12:20pm ET) and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in their home debut against Edmonton (7:30pm at Lockhart Stadium).
But enough about me. Hopefully Saturday is one of your favorites too. And today we have several interesting matches to choose from.
Wolves kick off the day’s action against Everton. These are two teams we don’t get a see a lot of during this Premier League season, so it’ll be a welcome experience. Wolves are second from bottom so it’ll be a must-win match for the Wanderers, while Everton are rising up the league table and will want to close the four point gap between them and Liverpool, who are in seventh place. It’s incredible when you consider how unimpressive Everton’s season has been that they’re still in the race for the top six.
In the 10am ET matches, we have a choice between Manchester United and Fulham (where Ferguson will again come up against his former player Mark Hughes), Blackburn against Birmingham in another battle to avoid relegation, Chelsea at home versus Wigan where Carlo Ancelotti’s side will want to put the disappointment of losing to Man United mid-week out of their system, Bolton against West Ham (where the Hammers have another great chance to move out of the relegation zone), Sunderland against West Brom (where, again, the match has a relegation storyline with both clubs trying to avoid getting near the drop zone), and, last but not least, Tottenham Hotspur against Stoke City at 12:30pm ET. A win for Chelsea earlier in the day and a loss for Tottenham will put Harry Redknapp’s side essentially out of contention for fourth place.
By now, most of you know the drill. Before, during or after the matches today, feel free to post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below. Enjoy!