Chelsea vs Newcastle and Bolton vs Tottenham: Open Thread


Two big matches in the Premier League this afternoon/evening. At Reebok Stadium in Lancashire, Fabrice Muamba will appear on the pitch a few minutes by kick-off. He’ll be watching the game in the stadium, and hoping that the Trotters can get all three points. Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, will be wanting a win to try to finish the season strongly in hopes of Champions League qualification.

Both Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur teams are unchanged since their last match.

Further south in England, Chelsea will play Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge, with both teams fighting for fourth. The Blues have made several changes to their side with the mindset of resting several players before this weekend’s FA Cup Final. The team news is as follows:

Chelsea team news: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand; Mikel, Meireles; Ramires, Malouda, Sturridge; Torres.

Newcastle team news: Krul; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Tiote, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Ba; Cisse.

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

Here are the video highlights of Papiss Cisse’s goal:

Video: Papiss Cisse’s power strike

35 thoughts on “Chelsea vs Newcastle and Bolton vs Tottenham: Open Thread”

  1. My hope is to see Liverpool challenge for the EPL title in the next few years. That being said, I hope they loose on Saturday, realize the disaster of a season theyve had and Kenny D gets canned for it.

  2. 12 goals in 12 games for Cisse. I suppose we couldn’t ask for a more in form striker to face city this weekend, another well taken goal.

  3. splitting ball from modern to lennon who roasts past to square the ball, spurs from earlier in the season

  4. i am sorry that second goal for Cisse is the goal of the season hands down unbelievable.what a talent.

  5. to curl it like that was not intentional, no way, that way a hit and hope. still and incredible goal but no way was it calculated

    1. That was absolutely intentional. He hit it with the outside of his boot. What a goal!

      The Gaffer

      1. just to clarify, i think he intended to shoot at the goal, and that it was spectacular.
        i just don’t think he intended it to change direction mid air and lob cech into the top right corner is all.

        1. I disagree. If you arc your foot across the ball that way and hit it with the outside of your foot, the ball is going to swerve like it did. There was nothing unintentional about that shot. Nine times out of ten, he’d probably miss it. But this one was inch-perfect! :)

          The Gaffer

          1. i guess we’ll agree to disagree, if i find an interview, i’ll post, if it was intentional then he would make it make it 9 times out of 10. :)

  6. I side with Cisse’s goal because he was at a sharper angle i know splitting hairs both were great wrong answer to this question.

    Newcastle winning will make the match against City much harder for City because Newcastle still have the CL position in front of them.

  7. first real game with pressure for Di Matteo and what a surprise, he chokes. he underestimated newcastle.

  8. Just finished the Newcastle match I had DVRd. I wouldn’t want to pick between Crouch’s goal and Cisse’s. Can we have a tie? 😉

  9. Will Roy do Harry a favour and beat the arse on the last day of the season? I think City beat Newcastle, swansea draw with Man utd, spurs beat villa, norwich draw at the arse. sets up a huge last day..

  10. Just looking at the table, and this 20th BPL table is crazy. Man City could end up with 89 points to win it all on goal diff, and Liverpool with just 49–40 points!

    With the BPL being 20 years old is there anyone that thought in their wildest dreams that a team could potentially be 40 points off the top? & be mid table and not be relegated, if you also add in that Liverpool who had won 18 titles would be in that situation.

    In the last year of the old first division in 1992 the 40 point difference would have seen Liverpool relegated with West Ham and Notts County. Just blows your mind.

    So I was wondering, does this mean that the old first division was more competitive? was it a better league?

    This is not an attack on Liverpool, I remember how dominant they were, and more importantly what a 40 point difference would mean for any team… its just crazy is all.

  11. I am glad to see that Mikel and Ivanovic dutifully follow their leader Terry in dirty play. I think that the EPL needs a commissioner like Roger Goodell (NFL) to put an end to all the player disrespect and cheating (diving) that is permeating the game.

  12. What a performance by Newcastle. Perch has been a very important player lately – central defense, holding midfielder, and now right back – most improved player in the club for me. (Ben Arfa isn’t improved – he just didn’t get his leg broken by De Jong this year.) Coloccini was the best defender on the pitch today. Krul has been tremendous in goal. Cabaye has made everybody forget Kevin Nolan. But the story was the new Number 9. Cisse has been ridiculous – it’s not just that he scores every game, but each one is better than the last. Everybody is talking about the second, but the first was a thing of beauty as well. Santon crossed in low from the left channel, and Cisse took one touch with his right to flick it up to himself near the edge of the box. Before anyone else could react, he powered the ball in with his left.
    Two games left for all clubs now, and still Newcastle have a lot to play for. A win against City at home can’t be that much more outlandish than the club’s first league win at the Bridge since 1986. Champions League football in 12-13 is a distinct possibility – which was a 100-1 shot when the season started.

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