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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

arsenal blackburn1 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

We’re back with another Premier League Saturday. I, for one, am glad that we can talk about English football again. I’m getting a bit sick of non-soccer related stories that are monopolizing the coverage of the Premier League. Yes, they’re important topics, but I would much prefer to talk about the sport and league we enjoy.

Speaking of matches, Arsenal kicks off the action today against Blackburn in the early kickoff. This is a must-win game for both teams. Arsenal now sits in seventh spot with Sunderland just seven points behind (and the Black Cats are on fire). Blackburn, meanwhile, have been battling hard despite their dropped points. And I believe that Steve Kean will fancy his side getting a point here (or maybe more). This should be a match with plenty of incidents especially if we can get an early goal.

In the 10am ET/3pm GMT matches, we have six games to choose from. Fans of the Big Four may not be interested, but there could be some great games here. Stoke against Sunderland could be very entertaining with a club hitting a bad patch against the aforementioned team on fire. West Brom against Swansea will be a real ding-dong fight between the 14th and 15th place teams. Both clubs can play football, so it could be another entertaining one. Wigan is fighting for survival at home against Everton. QPR, who looked very bright against Villa mid-week, are at home against Wolves. This should be an easy home win unless Mick McCarthy’s rallying cry can wake up his Wolves side. And last, but not least, you have Norwich at home against Bolton in a match where Tim Ream may play.

The late kick-off is Manchester City versus Fulham. A month ago, you would have chalked this up as an easy home win for City. But based on City’s form the past four weeks, Fulham has a great shout for a shock win or draw here.

Before, during or after the games, post your comments, questions and observations in the comments section below!

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26 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

  1. Jon says:

    I believe Ream was still sorting out issues and was due back in Bolton last night, so he’s not in the side today.

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Great start for Arsenal. Let’s see how they can build on from here and kill the game.

    The Gaffer

  3. trickybrkn says:

    West Ham V Millwall, already interesting… Nolan set off in the 10th min. West Ham still attacking. The entire bottom tier of the Trevor Brooking is empty and Millwall away is rammed into the top.
    Match is buzzing.

    • Chicago Yeti says:

      West Ham and ESPECIALLY Kevin Nolan belong back in the EPL! Let it be so.

      • trickybrkn says:

        Kevin Nolan has been useless for the past month or so. He is now banned for three games so hopefully he can get his spot back and have his head screwed back on properly.

  4. Jon says:

    Well, then, thanks for showing up, Blackburn.

    • The Gaffer says:

      It’s a shame that Christopher Samba isn’t playing. Steve Kean says he’s not in the right frame of mind to play. If I was Samba, I would get my mind sorted out and help keep Blackburn up, which should elevate his value in the summer. If he’s going to be on a strop and not playing for Rovers week-in week-out, some clubs may think twice about signing him this summer.

      The Gaffer

  5. Jon says:

    Couple of beautiful passes there.

  6. The Gaffer says:

    Great to see Gary O’Reilly in front of the camera. First time I’ve seen him on TV since his playing days for Crystal Palace.

    Great analysis as always by O’Reilly. Plus good charisma.

    The Gaffer

  7. The Gaffer says:

    Big blow for Blackburn today. Not only the manner of the defeat, but those goals conceded could have a big impact on their goal difference at the end of the season especially if the fight to escape relegation comes down to the last week of the season.

    The Gaffer

  8. The Gaffer says:

    Imagine what Southampton could be if they were able to hold on to their academy graduates Theo Walcott, Nathan Dyer, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gareth Bale — four of the most talented British players in the Premier League right now.

    The Gaffer

  9. Frank says:

    Big win for Arsenal will help their goal difference which could help at the end of the season. Big blow for Blackburn though who just didn’t show up. Not looking good for their survival hopes.

  10. jtm371 says:

    note to rob stone Robert Huth plays for Stoke not Sunderland i know that and i don’t get paid to know it.learn the League learn the players!

  11. jtm371 says:

    An away win for your Swans not bad looking good for staying up.enjoy your adult beverage of your choice.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Huge win today for the Swans. If Fulham lose this afternoon, the Swans will no longer have the worst away record in the league. The co-commentators will have to think of something different to say about the Swans! :)

      The Gaffer

  12. jtm371 says:

    he freaking made the same mistake in the post match show what a jacka$$!hey rob pull your head out of you a$$

  13. dlink09 says:

    people moaned about Keith .. he looks far better than rob.. he is putting me to sleep.. jeezzzzzzz

    • The Gaffer says:

      I noticed the same thing too. Where’s the energy from Rob Stone? He seemed to be mailing it in today.

      The Gaffer

  14. Chicago Yeti says:

    Congrads to Arsenal’s Oxycuter for a double-goal game. Not bad for his first pair of goals in the EPL! Me thinks he may be something special.

    I know there are still plenty games left but it is hard to imagine Blackburn and the Wolves avoiding relegation this year.

  15. SSReporters says:

    There’s no way Chelsea/Man Utd goes through tomorrow with images like this.,,10268,00.html

    This could end up as a bit of an unfortunate embarrassment for FOX.

    • The Gaffer says:

      The sun is supposed to be out tomorrow in London, so there’s still hope. But it may end up being a decision made by the police regarding whether it’s safe or not.

      If they do postpone the match, maybe FOX can show Newcastle United against Aston Villa on tape delay (if that game is played).

      The Gaffer

      • The Gaffer says:

        Snow update: Chelsea said there are no major problems and the game will be played at 4pm GMT as scheduled.

        The Gaffer

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