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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 31: Open Thread

number 31 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 31: Open Thread

Today is one of those rare Saturdays when there are no early kick-off nor late kick-offs in the Premier League. Instead we have seven Premier League matches all kicking off at the same time (10am ET/3pm UK time).

In the race for the Premier League title, all eyes will be on Etihad Stadium where Manchester City takes on Sunderland. City will be without Sergio Aguero who is injured due to a burn from a foot spray (no joke), while Vincent Kompany should return for the Citizens. After Sunderland’s mid-week FA Cup exit, underestimate the Mackems at your peril. O’Neill’s side will want to bounce back from the disappointing loss against Everton.

In the other matches, Wolves against Bolton could get ugly especially if Terry Connor’s side doesn’t get three points. I’m starting to feel sorry for Wolves, but they need to fight to stay up in this Premier League side. And if they could beat any team in the Premier League, Bolton is it. If Wolves loses, you can pretty much count them as relegated.

Speaking of relegation battles, Wigan is at home against Stoke. The Latics will surely find Stoke City a much tougher opponent that the Reds, I believe.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa plays Chelsea, QPR tackles Arsenal, Fulham is at home against Norwich and, last but not least, Everton takes on West Bromwich Albion.

You know the drill. Before, during or after any of the Premier League matches today, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below. I look forward to reading your thoughts!


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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