Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

Wolves against Swansea is the early kick-off today, and what a game it should be. Mick McCarthy’s side haven’t won in their last five games, while Swansea haven’t won away all season. Something has got to give today.

Wolves have made one change to their line-up, and they start with a 4-4-2 with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake starting up front. Swansea’s only change is playing Mark Gower instead of Wayne Routledge. Gower is more defensively minded.

This is Swansea’s best chance of the season so far to pick up points away from home. Thus far, they’ve had a very difficult schedule of away games having played Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Norwich (so it’s harsh, but true, to say that they’ve got the worst away record in the league this season; the fixture computer hasn’t been kind to them). On paper, Norwich was the only easy game, but anyone who has seen the Canaries play this season, knows how well they play (in fact, they’re the strongest of the three newly-promoted sides in my opinion). While Wolves isn’t an easy ride, the side is in turmoil so today presents the best chance for the Swans to get a win.

In other matches today, Liverpool takes on Norwich in the late game (my prediction is that Norwich City is going to cause a massive surprise with a shock win). As for the 10am ET games, Newcastle United plays Wigan, Aston Villa is against West Brom, and Bolton take on Sunderland.

Before, during and after the games today, share your rants, raves, questions, comments and observations in the comments section below.

18 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread”

  1. Good morning everybody. Am I the only one having pixilation and sound problems watching Wolves v Swansea on ESPN2 via Dish Network?

  2. Yes! Nice goal by Danny Graham!

    The key for Swansea now will be to avoid making defensive mistakes.

    The Gaffer

  3. Excellent goal by Joe Allen for the second. But boy do I feel sorry for that poor young girl in the crowd who was balling her eyes out after that goal.

    The Gaffer

  4. “But boy do I feel sorry for that poor young girl in the crowd who was balling her eyes out after that goal.”

    I can’t have any sympathy for Wolves fans, you sit in the away end and they spit from the top tier on top of you. Haven’t been back since.

  5. Jeez…this crowd has turned on Mick. With this many losses in a row, how far behind can ownership be on that?

    Impressed with your Swans, Gaffer. Vorm, Rangel, Dyer, Graham…

  6. Swansea must be kicking themselves for letting this one get away. They bossed the game for 80 minutes then fell asleep and might have just saved Mccarthy’s job. Swansea had lots of chances to score in tyhe second half but I thought as well as Sinclair played there were times he was too selfish and took a shot when a pass would have been the better option.

  7. Should have, could have…but I’m happy to take the point. It gets the monkey off Swansea’s back of not picking up any away points.

    Swansea had chances to score in the second half, but Mick McCarthy’s substitutions made the difference by getting rid of the wingers — and pushing players into the middle.

    The Gaffer

  8. Didn’t wake up early for the Swansea/Wolves game…watching Villa/WBA on Fox Soccer Plus (that is, until the greedy monster Murdoch pulls the plug on the channel in a week on Directv; may he and his company burn in flames). I have a couple of Villa plaeyrs on my Yahoo Fantasy team this week, Bannan and Petrov…
    Phil Dowd just gave the most bizarre and non-existing penalty and red card on some young Villa defender (Herd). Brunt managed to miss the penalty, the score is still 1:0 Villa, playing w/ 10 men should be an interesting one.

  9. Swansea have only themselves to blame. Should have put the game away but didn’t finish well in the second half. Scott Sinclair caused havoc in the second half on the left for Swansea but was too selfish at times as he was looking to get on the scoresheet. Must be very frustrating for Brendan Rogers when you outplayed the opposition, had a very good 2-goal lead and gave it away in the end. Two valuable points lost for Swansea. Could be important come end of the season.

    Still I enjoyed their passing game and hope they stay up.

  10. Another pathetic performance by Liverpool, at home no less. Norwich showed that if you take the game to them you can get something out of it as Liverpool are the most overrated team in the EPL. They bought overhyped British talent and it’s beginning to show. Downing has to be the worse 20 million pound winger in the EPL. Heck he’s not even worth 5 million. Carroll can’t head straight and they paid 35 million for him. I wonder how long FSG will put up with this mediocrity.

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