Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread
It’s been a while since we’ve had two massive clubs play in the early kick-off on a Saturday, but we have one today with Arsenal at home against Chelsea.
Didier Drogba is doubtful for Chelsea after picking up an injury mid-week against Barcelona. And for Arsenal, Mikel Arteta is out fot the season, so while both clubs are depleted, both will be focused on getting all three points in this London derby.
After the early kick-off, there are five Premier League matches starting at 10am ET/3pm BST. In each of them, there are implications on either relegation or the battle near the top. Bolton needs three points to escape relegation when they play Swansea at the Reebok Stadium. Fulham is at home against Wigan Athletic. Can Roberto Martinez’s men do it again, or can Clint Dempsey score another one? Newcastle United is at home against Stoke City, where the Toon Army is flying high. Blackburn will want to wipe away the cobwebs from their loss last weekend against Swansea by beating Norwich City at Ewood Park. And last, but not least, Aston Villa plays at home against Sunderland in a match where Martin O’Neill returns to Villa Park for the first time as an opposition manager since he left the Stadium of Light club.
In the late kick-off, QPR plays Tottenham Hotspur in a London derby. Spurs usually has a tough time winning at Loftus Road, so don’t be surprised if the R’s come away with a shock win here to try to escape the relegation danger zone.
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