Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

Today features two massive games, and two other very important ones. The north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could have big ramifications on the rest of the season for both clubs. Can Tottenham push for second place? Can Wenger regain the trust and faith of the Arsenal fans, and push the club into the top four? These are just a couple of the myriad of story lines that will make Arsenal against Spurs a must-watch game.

In team news, Wenger has decided to start Walcott instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Redknapp has decided to again start Saha alongside Adebayor up front for the Lilywhites.

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Rosicky, Song, Arteta, Walcott, Benayoun, Van Persie

Tottenham team: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Kranjcar, Modric, Parker, Bale; Adebayor, Saha.

In the other games today, there’s the Carling Cup Final between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Wembley, which should be a fantastic match to watch. Cardiff has a strong side that will definitely be eager to finally get a victory at Wembley. Manager Malky Mackay has got his team playing a very organized type of football that is often hard to break down. Liverpool, meanwhile, will be desperate to win some silverware. And this would be a fantastic achievement for manager Kenny Dalglish.

In the other two Premier League matches, Norwich takes on Manchester United at Carrow Road, which will be an excellent test to see what Norwich is made of, especially since Swansea only lost 1-0 to United when the two teams played in Wales. Speaking of Swansea, the Swans play Stoke City today in a match that EPL Talk blogger Matt Hackenmiller described as ‘Beauty against the Beast,’ in terms of their contrasting styles of play. Let’s see.

As always, post your observations, questions, rants and raves in the comments section below. Let’s hope it’s a memorable Sunday!

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