Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread
While the biggest Premier League matches are saved for tomorrow, we still have six intriguing matches scheduled today.
Blackburn Rovers against Arsenal kicks things off today with the early kick-off. Rovers will be desperate for a home win. If they lose, the pressure will be on the Venky’s to sack manager Steve Kean. Rumors are that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already been approached as a possible replacement. For Arsenal, they’ll want to push on from last week’s victory to make it two wins in a row. But Ewood Park is never an easy place to get points.
At 10am ET/3pm BST, we have five matches being played at the same time. Aston Villa against Newcastle should be an interesting tie to watch especially since both teams match up well side-to-side.
In the Wolves against QPR match, the advantage should go to Mick McCarthy’s side, but you should never discount QPR. Neil Warnock’s side are good at creating chances, so sooner or later their strikers will begin to bang in the goals.
In the Bolton against Norwich match, you have two teams who are struggling. This one could go either way, but you would think that Bolton should get the three points with their home advantage.
Then we have Swansea take on West Brom in Wales. The Swans have been devastated this week by an injury to defender Steven Caulker as well as FIFA denying Swansea the chance to finalize the transfers of defenders Halliche and Situ. While Swansea will be weakened at the back, West Brom will be hoping to get another three points after their narrow victory against Norwich last Sunday.
Last but not least we have Everton against Wigan. The Toffees will be hoping for their first home win of the season, while Wigan will want to bounce back after their defeat against Manchester City.
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 on what is the biggest day of the week for fans of Premier League clubs (or the Premier League itself).