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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 27: Open Thread

 

mario balotelli Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 27: Open Thread

A big question will be answered today. Whether Arsenal can maintain the consistency and explosiveness that they showed last Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur, and whether Liverpool’s Carling Cup Final victory can be a catalyst for greater glories this season. Or, it could end up a draw. We’ll soon see.

Here’s the team news:

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

Liverpool team: Reina, Kelly, Enrique, Skrtel, Carragher, Spearing, Adam, Henderson, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez.

Arsene Wenger has selected an unchanged team from last week, while Kemny Dalglish gives a start to Dirk Kuyt.

In other matches today, we have six kicking off at 10am ET/3pm GMT and no late kick-off. Wigan plays Swansea in a match that will be a season defining game for Swansea. The Swans have to win today to prevent dropping into the relegation danger zone. A win may give them enough points to ensure another Premier League season. Wigan, meanwhile, is fighting for survival. QPR plays Everton at Loftus Road. QPR manager Mark Hughes will be under massive pressure if Rangers can’t win this one. The club has only won one league game since Hughes joined the club.

Manchester City has a chance to move five points ahead of United if they can beat Bolton at the Etihad Stadium. West Brom will give Chelsea a stern test at The Hawthorns, while Blackburn faces Aston Villa at Ewood Park. Last but not least, Stoke City play Norwich at home.

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

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23 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 27: Open Thread

  1. The Gaffer says:

    So far, the match has been pretty predictable. Liverpool creating chances, but not scoring. Missing a penalty, Arsenal making defensive errors, and one-man-team RVP does it again.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  2. Guy says:

    Loved Darke’s call….”It’s him again!”

    • Guy says:

      Well, Ian giveth and Ian taketh away. Completely blew the boot kissing. That was Van Persie kissing Song’s boot, not the other way around.

  3. Guy says:

    Just noticed that the ESPN2 “live” broadcast is a little more than 2 minutes behind the broadcast on my iPad. So, Fox Soccer has company.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Same here. The ESPN3.com is usually 5-10 seconds behind the TV stream, but the TV stream was more delayed today than usual.

      Great win for Arsenal. Excellent fightback, and this will give them a huge confidence boost for the mid-week game against Milan.

      Exceptional second goal by Robin van Persie. What a wonderful asset to the Premier League.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  4. jtm371 says:

    RVP is player of the year for what he has done when he is the only option great season.Pool enjoy the beer cup it might not get any better.

  5. The Gaffer says:

    I have to say that every time I listen to co-commentator Barry Horne, he gets more and more annoying. He’s hyper-critical, especially against Swansea. He’s the type of annoying co-commentator that is always criticizing (i.e. “He should have done this” “or that” etc).

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  6. RVPFan says:

    RVP is MVP. Good call Ian Darke.

  7. Andrei says:

    I have a feeling that City are going to pay for all their misses.

  8. jtm371 says:

    Bolton is awful poor S Holden fights back from injury to come back to a team he will not even recognize.

    Gaffer
    your Swans seem to be sailing along sounded like they should have had more than one in the first half

    • The Gaffer says:

      I agree. It could have been 3-0 or 4-0 to Swansea, but I’m thrilled with the 2-0 victory especially since it was away from home, the Swans only had 10 men for most of the second half, it was against former Swansea manager Roberto Martinez and, best of all, it puts the Swans in a fantastic position to stay in the Premier League for another season.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  9. Andrei says:

    It looks like Chelsea may be without a manager as early as next week…

  10. RBP says:

    Absolutely gash performance by Everton, were lucky to get a point. Neville should NEVER be in midfield. Can’t wait for Rodwell/Gibson to get back..

  11. brn442 says:

    Van Persie, is the most technically complete striker in the Premier League . Heaven only knows if he were fit the last few seasons, how many trophies Wenger would have won.

    It’s clear to anyone that Suarez is anything but – he sucks up to much oxygen up front. Suarez needs to play either wider or a bit deeper, in support of an “in the box” finisher that Liverpool needs to bring in this summer.

  12. BA14 says:

    I don’t care if Chelsea is in transition they have way too much talent to look this poor.

  13. Jean says:

    0-1 will know how bad Chelsea is when they’re fighting for Europa League qualification under Rafa Benitez :D

  14. GIBSON P. SHILUE says:

    i pray that chelsea qualified for champion league next season

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