Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 38 — Season Finale: Open Thread

This is what we’ve all been waiting for… the final day of the season where all of the hard work from the entire season will be rewarded. We’ll find out who will win the Premier League title, who will qualify for the Champions League, who will have to wait to see if fourth is enough to play in the Champions League, and who will be relegated alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers.

And that doesn’t even include the moments of passion, glory and agony that we’ll surely see today in 900 minutes of Premier League acton squeezed into two hours. There’s nothing else like it.

While you’ll be glued to the action on TV, the Internet or — if you’re lucky enough — in-person, feel free to add your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below before, during and after today’s Premier League matches.

We’ll be updating the thread with team news as we get closer to kick-off time, as well as critiquing the TV and Internet coverage of the world’s most popular sports league. Then, at 11.45am ET/4:45pm BST, we’ll be doing a live chat here on EPL Talk to discuss the final results, trophy celebration and more.

Plus, later today, we’ll be releasing an EPL Talk Podcast episode that will analyze today’s Premier League action.

In the meantime, here’s a video of Manchester City arriving at Etihad Stadium:

Liverpool team to face Swansea: Doni; Kelly, Carra, Agger, Johnson; Downing, Hendo, Shelvey, Maxi; Carroll, Suarez. Sterling on the bench.

Manchester City team to face QPR: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany (c), Lescott, Barry, Yaya, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez.

QPR team: Kenny, Hill, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Taiwo, Derry, Barton, Mackie, Wright-Phillips, Zamora, Cisse.

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Santos, Song, Coquelin, Gervinho, Rosicky, Benayoun, Van Persie.

WBA team: Fulop; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Cox, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans; Fortune, Long.

Man United team: De Gea, Jones, Evra (C), Ferdinand, Evans, Valencia, Young, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney.

Sunderland team: Mignolet, O’Shea (C), Bardsley, Bramble, Turner, Gardner, McClean, Colback, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Campbell.

Chelsea team: Turnbull; Hutchinson, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand; Essien, Meireles; Ramires, Malouda, Sturridge; Lukaku.

Swansea team: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Dyer, Sinclair, Sigurdsson, Graham.

Spurs team: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Bale; Livermore, Sandro; Lennon, van der Vaart, Modric; Adebayor.

Fulham team: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Diarra, Murphy, Dembele, Duff, Frei, Pogrebnyak.

Everton team: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Gibson, Heitinga, Jagielka, Jelavic, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini.

Newcastle team: Krul, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse.

Aston Villa team: Given; Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Lichaj; Herd Clark, Warnock; Ireland; Heskey, Agbonlahor.

Norwich team: Ruddy; R Martin, Naughton, R Bennett; Johnson, Hoolahan, E Bennett, Lappin, Howson; Holt, Jackson.

Wolves team: De Vries, Edwards, Stearman, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Ward, Hunt, Berra, Jarvis, Zubar, Doyle.

Wigan team: Al Habsi, Boyce, Lopez, Figueroa, Caldwell, McArthur, McCarthy, Maloney, Beausejour, Di Santo, Moses.

Stoke team: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Upson, Huth, Fuller, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Crouch.

Bolton team: Bogdan, Boyata, Knight, Ream, Ricketts, Eagles, Reo-Coker, M Davies, Petrov, K Davies, Klasnic.

Blackburn team: ???

59 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 38 — Season Finale: Open Thread”

  1. Just off to Goodison, looking forward to see the ‘new’ Newcastle for the first time. Still think Everton will be tough to beat at home.

    Hoping Swansea can do us a favour and help us finish above Liverpool.

    1. Thanks Matt. Have a great time at Goodison. Should be a cracker. We Swans will do everything we can to play Liverpool off the pitch!

      The Gaffer

  2. my predictions:
    ManCity wins title
    Tottenham and Newcastle win; Arsenal draw and finish 5th
    Bolton wins, QPR loses and gets relegated.

  3. What the heck happened to Steve McManaman’s voice? Hopefully it’s not that hoarse from doing too many phone interviews this week!

    Sorry ESPN, but Macca’s voice is so bad that I think it’s going to hurt the quality of commentary during the match.

    The Gaffer

  4. Exciting day ahead! It’s the only time all season I’ve woke up on the west coast to watch the matches live and not on DVR.

    There’s no way today can be as exciting as last season’s last day (I don’t know if anything in sports could be as exciting as that was), but I’m hoping as a neutral that QPR ane Bolton can make it interesting for a while.

  5. Lots of goals flying in already. Spurs and Arsenal scoring early.

    After Spurs scored, it took FX 51 seconds to put the ‘Spurs 1-0 Fulham’ score at the top of the screen. No in-game highlights as of yet. Maybe they’re saving those for the really big goals?

    The Gaffer

    1. They split to 2 screens to show Arsenal’s Spurs’ goals. That sucks. They commentate and everything. Stick to the match and let’s watch United and just show the result. Don’t cut of the Commentery!!

  6. Stoke go one up against Bolton. However, the goal should not have counted. Adam Bogdan had the ball in both of his hands and Walters knocked it out of them into the net.

    West Brom up 2-1 against Arsenal. What the hell, Arsene?

    The Gaffer

  7. Stoke goal was a foul on Bogdan! Talk about big calls going against Bolton this season.
    City will have a very difficult task v. QPR.
    Arsenal squandering a 1:0 lead…we are in for lots of drama today!

  8. United goes ahead at Sunderland. As it stands, Manchester United will be the 2011-12 Premier League champions.

    Someone needs to take over from Macca. His voice sounds awful.

    The Gaffer

  9. So watching FoxSoccer2Go and ESPN3… FS2G is 2 minutes behind ESPN3 in the game time. I am hearing all the other game scores before they show up on FS2G. I can live with it…but why does Fox always leave something to complain about???

    1. I agree Fog. It’s ridiculous that the FOXSoccer 2Go streams are so far behind the live action. I would have hoped they could have re-synced it at half-time, but no such luck.

      The Gaffer

  10. So for Spurs-Fulham on Fox Soccer, they were too busy giving lineups to realize the match had already started! Almost a minute in, they finally went to the game feed. Amateur display.

  11. Arsenal defend like children. I don’t care about the offside goal, just upset how they all stopped continue till the whistle!

  12. What does everything think of the first halves in the different matches so far? QPR’s Paddy Kenny should have saved that Zabaleta shot much better than he did. City is on course to win the title.

    Bolton has been lucky in a fluke game at the Britannia. Looks like QPR is going down.

    Swansea has created more of the chances against Liverpool. Good game there.

    Arsenal looks weak defensively, yet again. But they have a chance to win this one in the second half.

    Excellent first half so far in all of the Premier League matches. Lots of wonderful goals.

    The Gaffer

  13. Fox totally ruining the Spurs game, I don’t want to hear and see the other games and having the league table spread across the screen while that idiot spews out the 6000 permutations.

    Hilariously Fox were about ten minutes behind the commentators and crowd when Arsenal went 2-1 down. Please GO AWAY!!

  14. QPR just equalize through Djibril Cisse!! Now, United will win the title if things stay the same.

    The Gaffer

  15. Joey Barton… what a disgrace. He deserves a lengthy suspension for that kick against Aguero. Barton completely lost his head.

    And to make matters worse, QPR had to take off Cisse because of the Barton red card. If QPR gets relegated, Barton will be persecuted.

    The Gaffer

    1. QPR will give him his release when they go down… and he’ll play in Turkey or Russia or his mum’s back yard. or a nice prison team.

  16. Joey should not be allowed to roam freely among other members of the human family, on or off a football stadium. He truly is a sociopath.

    Citeh w/ lead in their feet today…half an hour of hell for them and their fans. Positive outcome by no means guaranteed. Mancini needs a third striker in there NOW!

  17. Ha ha ha ha!!!! Devil become champion even though Jesus also cannot stop it!!!!!! Devil won! Devil won! Devil won! Jesus f**k off and lose to devil forever!!!!!!

    1. From the time the whistle blew on Barton, until the time the game re-started, 3 minutes and 49 seconds elapsed.

      Your question is insulting.

  18. Amazing day and credit to Balotelli for that assist. He could have given up on it when the ball got poked away from him. Sometimes he actually does the right thing. 😉

  19. Wow! What an end to the title run. I almost got it right when i predicted that both City and United fans would be sick by the time the day was over as I thought both teams would draw. Even though both won it was how it happened that must have been sickening for both sets of fans.

    United fans should blame Barton for his ugliness on the field and then not leaving right away when sent off. That’s why there was 5 minutes of added time.

    Who would have thought that United are trophyless for the season. The summer is going to be very interesting for United as we know that City will improve as they have the money and now can attract even more good players.

  20. This one is for Matty and Dave and Bill Watts – my old friends and fellow Citizens who aren’t around to see this.

    Anyone who has been around a while expected the worst today. And almost got it. How terrible that would have been to lose on those two awful goals? Would have been so City to do that.

    But the result is all that matters. Gold badges on the sleeves next year. A double against United. Helluva year right there!!

    And mad respect for the QPR, which endured an absolute siege and well earned their place in the League next year.

  21. That’s what it’s all about. A shoddy display from Stoke against Bolton but enough to send them down.

    Does anyone want to come on and tell us why La Liga is soooo much more exciting to watch?

  22. Great day! NUFC lost but the boys are headed to Europa! Great season! Go Toon! Congrats to Citeh.

  23. Hodgsons clearly superior management shows its self again, can’t even get a draw at home against a terrible wenger team. Roy screws Harry again!

    When England loose 4-0 to France in the euro’s don’t be surprised. What a joke. Not sure the word bitter does justice to emotions of the day.

    1. I think it’s harsh to blame Hodgson especially since he wasn’t the goalkeeper (Fulop), who was woeful today.

      Best of luck to Hodgson. He deserves our respect and support.

      The Gaffer

    2. Have to agree with the Gaffer, Fulop put on possibly the worst goalkeeping display I’ve witnessed at this level.

      He’ll be heading for Man Utd soon.

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