Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread

The Premier League fixture computer hasn’t been kind to soccer fans who live around the world with the early kick-offs of Everton against Manchester United followed by Chelsea versus Arsenal.

Nevertheless, both of those games are quite a way to start Gameweek 10 of the Premier League. Will Manchester United make wholesale changes from the team Ferguson fielded last Sunday? Will Everton play 4-6-0? Will Arsenal put Andrey Arshavin in the hole behind Robin van Persie? Will Torres start for Chelsea? Lots of questions and those are just the first two games of the day.

In the six other games played today, five of them kick off at 10am ET (Manchester City v Wolves, Swansea v Bolton, Norwich v Blackburn, Sunderland v Aston Villa and Wigan v Fulham), while the final game of the day is West Brom against Liverpool (12:30pm ET).

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Back to today’s English football, be sure to add your questions, rants, raves and observations to the comments thread below either before, during or after any of the games. Let’s hope it’s another great weekend of entertainment.

35 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread”

  1. I agree that has improved. However, I did have a couple of hiccups last weekend and some in midweek during the Carling Cup. Fortunately the issues were resolved within 15 minutes each time which is a lot better than in the past.

    I just cannot see Everton getting anything today against a United side that will be looking to avnege their humiliating defeat to City last weekend. Everton were very lucky to beat Fulham last weekend and will be tired after their midweek loss in extra time to Chelsea in the Carling Cup. United 4 – Everton 1.

    With Torres back Chelsea won’t miss Drogba’s suspension. Chelsea have too much quality in their squad to lose to an Arsenal team that is still finding its way. Arsenal have been winning of late but this will be their first big test against a quality opponent. Chelsea 2 – Arsenal 0 .

    Manchester City should win easily against Wolves. City 3 – Wolves 0 .

    Sunderland at home should beat Aston Villa who have not been playing well of late. Sunderland 2 – Aston Villa 1 .

    Swansea at home against Bolton should be a very good game to watch. Both teams like to play open attacking soccer. Bolton haven’t impressed so far this season and Swansea at home should win this one by the odd goal. Swansea 3 – Bolton 2.

    Norwich at home should beat Blackburn. However, I’m going for a draw as Blackburn have been losing but not playing badly. 2 – 2 .

    Wigan at home against Fulham look like a decent game and both teams are struggling at the moment. A draw is most likely. 1 – 1 .

    1. You know why ESPN deportes has it? I have a Mexican friend and he’d say he was going to watch it, I don’t know if it is so but it may be because of one lad, El Chicharito, Javier Hernandez that the match was shown but surely, they make up those schedules before the beginning of the year… my friend also has what he calls “Dish Network Latino”, so it is a special set up for Spanish speakers apparently.

      Feel fortunate, Direct TV may totally boot Fox Soccer and other Fox Channels off of their satellite: starting Nov. 1.

      I wish we still got Gol TV, we have Dish Network, I am happy enough with it.

    2. The whole thing with EPSN deportes was daft. I tried to DVR it and it it shifted from 7am to 9am with just the highlights at 9am. Anyone else have this problem…no commentary???

  2. Chelsea against Arsenal is entertaining. It’s almost as if both sides are playing without defenders. Very open game.

    The Gaffer

  3. Don’t understand AVB starting Mikel over Meireles at all. The game is far too open going both ways at the moment. Torres and Mata are build-up players and they need that patience and intelligence in the midfield. Plus Meireles is just better defensively. Weird.

  4. United not dominating against Everton but still winning. This is why they will always be in contention for the title. They win games even when not at their best.

    Chelsea and Arsenal left their defending in the dressing room. This game should have had at least 6 goals if both sides finished better. Looking forward to the second half as it promises to have goals for the taking.

  5. I talked about Petr Cech being Chelsea’s most important player a couple weeks ago. Well, he’s had an abysmal day thus far. Two goals that a goalkeeper of his ability needs to stop. 3-2 Arsenal, 58th minute.

  6. Both Arsenal and Chelsea are both playing high lines defensively today. Pretty risky tactics, but great to watch strikers making runs to latch on to the throughballs.

    The Gaffer

    1. To be fair, that was all Florent Malouda’s bad pass. Not Terry’s fault.

      But what a game this morning. Entertaining stuff. Congratulations Arsenal. Well deserved.

      The Gaffer

  7. When did i get FSC HD on Comcast? I hadn’t been home for a few days, and I wake up this morning only to discover that I finally have FSC in HD on Comcast. Yaaaaaay!

  8. Chicharito comes in vs. Liverpool, Utd. score 7 minutes later to tie it up.

    Chicharito doesn’t play against City, Utd. get scorched.

    Chicharito starts against Everton and gets Man Utd’s one goal early in the game.

    It seems Man Utd. has been experimenting using Chicharito, Javier Hernandez as a Sub but they do well or good enough when they start him as today…

  9. Blackburn Rovers were robbed today. That referee’s poor decision could put Kean’s future in the balance. If not today, soon.

    The Gaffer

  10. Captain Vantastic! Great derby this morning, and as stated above, had Cech been his normal self, it would have been a different scoreline. There was a lack of concentration all around though to be fair, on both sides. Malouda’s glaring pass-back really sticks out for obvious reasons! Mata’s strike was sublime, really stings that he slipped between our fingers. So unbelievably happy about the win, what a showing.

  11. First 3-3 draw of the season, I did not see the Rovers game, I was hoping they could hang on though. Another 2-2 draw. I’ve been keeping tabs on the scorelines of draws as well.

  12. What a fun game Chelsea -v- Arsenal was to watch. I’m fairly shocked by the outcome, equally so by the defending on both sides. Arsenal, Santos in particular, improved in the 2nd half. Chelsea did not. They look like they desperately need Alex in their back line.

  13. What an awful decision by the ref to award Norwich a penalty in added time when the player wasn’t even looking at the ball and it hit his hand. That referee should be banned for a month for that. I think the roar of the home crowd influenced him. Referees are supposed to be composed. This one was anything but. Blackburn played very well and did not deserve to lose. I also think the pressure will mount on Kean especially since he made substitutions that weren’t necessary.

  14. why are people surprised by arsenal beating chelsea??? actually, i’m quite elated. i’m still not convinced by our signings in the last transfer deadline. gervinho should’ve scored that goal from the cross from Theo Walcott in the 10th minute or so. even chelsea had chances in the first half that they could’ve scored. i thought chelsea would kill us in the first half with the amount of chances they created, in particular Daniel Sturridge. Very entertaining and bizarrely open match!!! LOL. but much better than the disappointment at Anfield two weeks ago when Liverpool and Manchester United played out a flat, disjointed match.

    1. Because Chelsea has been a better side for most of the past seven years?

      Because Chelsea has looked better for the majority of this season?

      Because Arsenal lost two of their three best players this summer?

      Because Chelsea was at home?

      :) No offense meant, of course, just saying it’s quite a surprise to see Arsenal win today. Congrats, as an Arsenal fan you must be stoked. They have turned around their season and all the Wenger haters seem to have suddenly gone MIA.

      As a neutral, I can say that it was a fun match to watch even if it was obvious both clubs need massive defensive improvement.

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