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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread

relegation1 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread

Bolton Wanderers against QPR kicks off the action today in a relegation battle near the bottom of the Premier League. Djibril Cisse, the brilliant striker for Queens Park Rangers, should make his return to the team. He’s certainly one who can add a spark to this game.

At 10am ET/3pm UK time, we have four matches to choose from. Chelsea against Stoke should feature the return of Ashley Cole and John Terry to the Blues against an opponent who is never an easy team to beat. Can Fernando Torres break his drought and score for the first time in 24 hours of action?

In the other matches, Sunderland takes on Liverpool at the Stadium of Light. There won’t be any beach balls helping Sunderland, but they won’t need the help under a Martin O’Neill side that’s only five points behind Liverpool in the table. The Reds will be hoping to start scoring more from the opportunities that they create in front of goal.

Up until a few weeks ago, Aston Villa against Fulham would have been a relegation battle, but Fulham has pushed themselves into mid-table safety. Villa has to be careful not to lose at home so they don’t fall closer to the bottom five.

Speaking of relegation battles, Wolves against Blackburn will give us an excellent opportunity to see what Terry Connor’s side is made of, at home, against Steve Kean’s Rovers squad. This one should be an entertaining affair to watch with a lot of end-to-end action after the first goal goes in.

The late kick-off today is Everton against Tottenham from Goodison Park. With Arsenal and Chelsea back to their winning ways, Tottenham will need three points here to solidify their third place in the table.

Before, during and after all of the Premier League matches today, post your questions, observations, rants and raves in the comments section below. Here’s hoping for a brilliant Saturday!

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25 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread

  1. The Gaffer says:

    Goal-line technology, anyone? QPR was robbed.

    The sad thing is that a goal like that could be the difference between staying up and getting relegated. If the relegation battle goes into the final day of the season and is settled on goal difference with QPR dropping, expect a ton of outrage.

    The referees will be hoping for a QPR win today after that unfortunate call.

    Watching it live, I thought it had hit the post and then the crossbar. It wasn’t until I watched it on TV replay that I saw what really happened.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  2. James says:

    Wow, QPR got robbed.

  3. The Gaffer says:

    Here’s a photo of the goal by QPR that crossed the line but wasn’t awarded by ref:

    http://twitpic.com/8ufba5

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Is anyone else experiencing some of the same glitches with the broadcast of Bolton against QPR? Maybe it’s because of the solar storm? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. Alan Pardew's part says:

    “I don’t think Barton will be sending out a tweet on that effort.” Classic…Darke and Macca are the best part about this dreadful game.

  6. The Gaffer says:

    QPR get denied a blatant penalty in injury time. This has not been a good way for the Rs.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • Ryan says:

      It doesn’t make up for the other decisions the referee/linesmen got wrong, but Cisse’s goal should have been flagged for offside.
      It’s going to be a long couple months for QPR. Their remaining fixture list is as tough as it gets.

  7. The Gaffer says:

    Here was a perfect example of how ESPN’s coverage is better than FOX, in terms of the Premier League. ESPN stayed with the cameras after the final whistle through to the referees walking back through the tunnel, where you could see Mark Hughes gesturing and shouting at the referees and assistant refs. If that was FOX Soccer, they would have either gone to a commercial immediately after the game ended, or would have gone back to their studio team.

    Great job ESPN. And nice job getting a post-match interview with Tim Ream. ESPN knows its audience.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  8. Drew M. says:

    Fox soccer app without sound for anyone else?

  9. The Gaffer says:

    What the heck was Ricardo Fuller thinking?

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  10. Fair play to Owen Coyle for fessin’ up.. couldn’t say anything else though could he? incredible, season defining moment at the reebok!

  11. jtm371 says:

    Well add another thug to the club what a jacka$$ move by R Fuller even if he thought no one would see the stomp the FA would have got the tape.he should get 2/3 matches above the red card.no place for that crap.

  12. The Gaffer says:

    First time Liverpool has lost three Premier League matches in a row since 2003? Thank goodness Liverpool won the Carling Cup. Otherwise Dalglish would be in a spot of trouble.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  13. jtm371 says:

    Lpool has the Birmingham hangover the beer cup curse.why would G Johnson rip the scab off the Evra/Suarez deal?makes no sense to me let it die.

    • The Gaffer says:

      I agree that the Johnson comments were unnecessary. It’s time for him to move on and to concentrate on improving Liverpool’s results.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  14. jtm371 says:

    Spurs are on their way to giving back 12 points to AFC tailspin at wrong time of season.although there is never a good time for a 4 match losing streak.just flat no confidence in the attack.

    • The Gaffer says:

      I think Gareth Bale needs to be benched for a while. He’s getting back to his run of form earlier in his Spurs career under Redknapp when Harry wouldn’t play him for quite some time.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Andrei says:

        Looks like Bale is turning into a serial diver…

      • Todd says:

        I didn’t see the game; what exactly are you referring to Gaffer?

        • The Gaffer says:

          Nothing in particular Todd except for another uninspired performance from Gareth Bale. He’s lost his edge.

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

      • scrumper says:

        Tottenham needs to do two things. Put this England Manager thing to bed and offer Redknapp a four year contract with a transfer warchest. Since the media has put him in the spotlight for the England job (and Harry has also played his part using them), the club has become unsettled. Now they go a goal down and their heads drop. At Everton they didn’t turn up until the second half and then it was a bit of huff and puff.

        The second thing they need to do is drop Adebayor. He’s lost his way and been a passenger for the last three games. He’ll soon be heading back to Man City so concentrate on Defoe and Saha. Defoe still looks lethal if he gets the service. Buckle down for the rest of the season and come in third. Then concentrate on signing a new striker such as the Belgian player Eden Hazard he’s been tracking and look for a new central defender. King can’t last forever and Dawson has unfortunately hit the perennial injury list.

  15. jtm371 says:

    let me be the first GO SWANS GO BEAT city!

    • The Gaffer says:

      We’ll do our best but it’s a tough challenge especially without Nathan Dyer (suspended) and Ashley Williams (doubtful due to injury). Should be an entertaining match, for sure.

      Here’s hoping City will be tired after their midweek Europa League match.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

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