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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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