Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 3: Open Thread
There’s no doubt about it. Today is the biggest day of the Premier League season so far with four matches, two of which can be considered huge.
Newcastle against Fulham kicks things off at 8am. The Geordies will be hoping that their team can move on without Joey Barton and grab three points after a successful start to the season with their draw against Arsenal and the derby win against Sunderland. Fulham, meanwhile, have had an inconsistent season so far and Martin Jol will be hoping to get his side winning away for a change.
The first big match of the day kicks off at 8:30am between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. This is a tale, so far, of two teams. One on their way up (City) and one seemingly on their way down (Spurs). But an impressive performance from Harry Redknapp’s team can certainly change their destiny.
At 10am, West Brom plays Stoke City in a game between two teams who are certainly on good form of late. Despite West Brom losing against Man United and Chelsea, their performances have impressed, while Stoke did well to hold Chelsea and Norwich to draws.
Then comes the biggest match of the season thus far at 11am between Manchester United and Arsenal. I’m going out on a limb here, but I have a feeling that Arsenal can cause a shock and grab something out of this game. Yes, Arsenal is devastated with injuries and suspensions, but they’ll be buzzing after their mid-week triumph against Udinese. And they’ve got very little to lose. It’s Manchester United who has the point to prove. And in times past, Man United have slipped when it seemed they were running away with things (a few games against Liverpool come to mind, when the Reds surprised the Red Devils against all of the odds).
Arsenal are not Liverpool, but the Gunners will finally find a way to grab some points. Whether it’s today or not, I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t count them out. They have what it takes to succeed. They just have to believe in themselves and play the game of their lives.
No matter who wins at Old Trafford, or any of the earlier games, it should be an exciting Sunday to remember.
Before, during and after the matches today, use this thread to share your rants, raves, observations, questions and more. We look forward to reading your thoughts.