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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread


landon donovan everton2 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

It’s been a while since we’ve had a early kickoff on a Saturday, so I’m really looking forward to watching Norwich City against Chelsea on television from the always colorful Carrow Road ground. New signing Gary Cahill will probably start on the bench for Chelsea, while Fernando Torres should be on the teamsheet considering that Didier Drogba is at the Africa Cup of Nations.

There are six Premier League matches on at 10am ET/3pm GMT featuring Everton against Blackburn, Sunderland versus Swansea, Fulham v Newcastle, the relegation dogfight between QPR and Wigan, Stoke against West Brom and, last but not least, the west Midlands derby between Wolves and Aston Villa.

The late game will be Bolton Wanderers against Liverpool. Given the Reds away form, Liverpool should win this one. But the way Dalglish’s side has been playing this season, you never know.

Before, during and after today’s Premier League matches, feel free to post your questions, observations, rants and raves in the comments section below.

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25 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

  1. James says:

    So far Norwich are doing OK against Chelsea. Should be a good second half. Chelsea cannot afford to drop points as they are in a battle for 4th with Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool.

    Thank god the tennis finished just in time for the game to be shown on ESPN2.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Agreed regarding the tennis. Thank goodness we didn’t have to watch any more of that.

      Norwich is looking good so far, I agree. One of these days, one of Torres’s shots will go in. It’s only a matter of time. He keeps on getting so close to scoring.

      The Gaffer

  2. jtm371 says:

    what a miss from Torres he is on his way to being the worst transfer for CFC.he went from a 1% to a 99% like the rest of us.

  3. The Gaffer says:

    Nice work by ESPN to score a post-match interview with Zak Whitbread. Does he deserve a chance to get a cap for the United States national team?

    The Gaffer

  4. CTBlues says:

    Wish ESPN had actually said they were going to show the game on ESPN2 so I didn’t have to watch the match on my laptop.

  5. The Gaffer says:

    Alex McLeish will be in a ton of trouble if Villa lose at home to Wolves. Should be a good second half! I’m watching Sunderland against Swansea. Pretty open game so far, but hopefully the second half will be better.

    The Gaffer

  6. Todd says:

    Insane turnaround at Craven Cottage. Newcastle looked so dominant first half, then just totally gave it away. The introduction of Johnson in the 2nd half seemed to spark the torrent of goals.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Absolutely. Andy Johnson, for the first time in ages was on fire, and how about Clint Dempsey getting a hat trick? Great day for Fulham and USMNT fans.

      The Gaffer

  7. Matt says:

    and Dempsey makes it FIVE!

  8. Guy says:

    I thought the combo of Stone, Barton and Wynalda worked well today. It is the first time I could stand to watch so much of the studio show in a long time.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Eric Wynalda, in 3 minutes, contributed more insightful comments than Warren Barton has done all season. Wynalda said that Tim Ream is going to find it tough in England and may not be ready for that level (which caught Barton by surprise). At least he’s willing to stick his neck on the line and doesn’t toe the party line.

      The Gaffer

      • Guy says:

        Agree with you 100%. I think Wynalda actually makes Barton better. Warren doesn’t have to carry the ball all the time (bad metaphor?) ;-) and now has the opportunity and necessity to think a bit more about his commentary.

        • The Gaffer says:

          I also remembered the other salient point Wynalda made yesterday. He made the point strongly that it’s ridiculous that the USMNT continues playing Clint Dempsey as a midfielder when he is an out-and-out striker.

          The Gaffer

  9. The Gaffer says:

    The argy-bargy between Bellamy and Reo-Coker is worth watching in the Bolton against Liverpool match. I wonder what’ll happen between those two in the second half!

    The Gaffer

  10. Jason says:

    How did Donovan perform today?

  11. daS says:

    liverpool, liverpool, liverpool, oh my beloved liverpool, why are you so crap

  12. James says:

    Liverpool are crap because they bought a load of crap by a manager still living in the past. If the manager’s name wasn’t Daglish he would have been sacked by now. Liverpool haven’t won 1 EPL game in their last 6. Says it all. Cannot see them getting into the top 6.

    Bolton’s entire starting lineup cost less than 35 million pounds. Liverpool had 1 player who alone cost 35 million. It just gets from bad to worse for the Reds. Hope Liverpool fans will finally realise how poor Daglish is with his tactics and team selections, not to mention poor transfers.

  13. James says:

    Should have read ” Liverpool have won 1 EPL game in their last 6″.

  14. Gary says:

    David Ngog is 10 tens better than Andy Carroll. I wonder what Liverpool fans and management must think of that.

  15. Harry says:

    As a Liverpool fan I agree that David Ngog is a better player than Andy Carroll. It was evident today who the better player was. If the manager who bought Carroll wasn’t called Daglish I’m sure there would be much more questioning of this bad decision. It was a panic buy and a very bad one at that.

    I feel sorry for the 5,000 or so fans who travelled to watch Liverpool because they were cheated by a shockingly bad performance by the entire team. I hope the club begins to ask questions of the manager because he is the one that assembled this squad of players and has said time and again that he had a good enough squad and that no new players were necessary. On today’s performance and recent performances it shows that Daglish is delusional. Liverpool have the worst scoring record in the EPL. There’s a reason for that. Players in the present squad just aren’t good enough.

  16. Peter Bowden says:

    When will the myth that Liverpool are a big club and can be automatically considered as a top 4 side be exposed. Every year at the start of the season we hear the same old voices saying the same deluded claptrap about liverpool being contenders. They are a mediocre team and worthy of a mid table finish at best.

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