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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

2484879128 7c0d4681c3 2 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

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Today’s matches involving Premier League teams will be quite a lot different than usual. There’s no early kick-off. And later today there’s the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley.

The heat is on during the 10am ET/3pm GMT kickoffs as several teams fighting to avoid relegation will battle against each other. Blackpool takes on Wigan. Whoever loses here will likely find themselves unable to avoid relegation this season. Then we have West Ham United against Aston Villa. A similar fate could fall to whoever loses here. Birmingham against Sunderland has turned into a battle to avoid relegation too with the Black Cats on a horrible run of form and Birmingham City haven’t been doing much better either.

With the recent run of good form by Everton, the Toffees are flying up the league but their opponents Blackburn have been sinking. Rovers will hope for a win at Goodison Park to climb themselves away from the drop zone.

Another team flying high is West Bromwich Albion who are at home against Chelsea. This could be a tricky tie for the Blues given how well Roy Hodgson’s team is performing.

And then, last but not least, the FA Cup semi-final kicks off at 12:15pm ET between Manchester City and Manchester United from Wembley. Let’s hope there’s no fan violence and that the game is an entertaining one to watch. If City wins, it could be a massive turning point in their history. If United win, it moves them one step closer to the possibility of winning the Treble (FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League). May the best team win.

Before, during or after the matches today, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

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15 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

  1. BBC says:

    Fox Soccer seems to actually be working. . . .

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Entertaining first half between West Ham and Villa. Blackpool look doomed.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  3. trickybrkn says:

    Ashton, Zammo and Nobby… That brings back memories.

  4. Ritskis says:

    Sunderland losing again not looking good for theme haha. Toon Army!

  5. Terry says:

    Good wins for Wigan and Aston Villa. Sunderland continue their slide with 1 point in 9 games. Bad loss for Blackpool and West Ham. I think both will go down.

    Chelsea bounce back from their CL exit but Torres still hasn’t scored (only got 10 minutes though).

  6. Jason says:

    West Ham, Blackpool and Blackburn losses today might have ended their EPL survival hopes. Wolves will take heart at these results and may feel they can avoid the drop. The money is still on West Ham, Blackpool and Wolves to be relegated but the relegation battle will continue for at least a couple more weeks.

  7. The Gaffer says:

    Excellent atmosphere today at Wembley. Let’s hope it translates to the pitch!

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  8. Ian says:

    J.S. Park really knows how to dive….ridiculous. Looked like there was a sniper in the crowd the way he exaggerated that…

    • The Gaffer says:

      I agree. But nothing worse than most Premier League footballers these days unfortunately :(

      Still, it’s been a great second half so far. Can United come back?

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • MCHobbit says:

        Other than Berba’s two near-goals, likely should have been 2 or 3-0 City.

        Amazing win for the Blue half of Manchester! On to the Cup final!

  9. Steven says:

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssss! We finally get one over the Manure. No more talk of a treble. City definitely deserved it today.

  10. Malcolm says:

    What a tense atmosphere it was at Wembley. Great game too. Congratulations to Manchester City for a deserved win. Is there anyone who tackles worse than Scholes? United ran out of steam maybe because of their Champions League game in midweek. Mancini got his tactics right and Fergie got his wrong. United should have started with Chicarito who has been on fire as of late. Berbatov’s first half missed opportunities may have cost them the game.

    • Andrei says:

      And for all United poor performance and City strong showing it took Carrick’s self-destructing blunder for City to score. Had Carrick not made that mistake United might have sneaked into the final. It is amazing how United manage to stay in the game even if they are playing like crap.

  11. Carolyn says:

    What a game at Wembley. After Scholes sending off City looked to increase their lead and should have on a couple of occassions. Still it was never certain till the final whistle. That’s what happens if you only have a one goal lead. Mancini may have saved his job with this win. If City go on to win the FA Cup I can see them getting better and challenging for the title next year. This could be a turning point for Manchester City. This win will do a world of good for their confidence.

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