Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

On the first Sunday of the Premier League 2012-13 season, we have Wigan versus Chelsea (8:30am ET on FOX Soccer) followed by Manchester City against Southampton (11am ET, also on FOX Soccer).

On paper, these should be two comfortable wins for Chelsea and Manchester City, but I wouldn’t discount either Southampton or Wigan Athletic. While the task for Southampton is an extremely difficult one, I’m hoping that they can put on a display similar to what Swansea did one year ago (even though the Swans lost 4-0). Let’s see how well Southampton deals with the pressure, and if they still have the confidence to spray the ball around the pitch.

Over at the DW Stadium, how will this new-look Wigan Athletic play against a turbo-charged Chelsea side who, to be honest, are desperate for a win (the last one coming several weeks ago against an under-strength Seattle side).

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

25 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 1: Open Thread”

  1. Yikes, bloodbath may be brewing at DW stadium. Hazard showing his value setting up two goals 6 minutes into the season.

  2. Looks like it’s going to be one of those season’s from Wigan!

    Let’s see what Wigan is made of, and how much fight they still have in this game.

    The Gaffer

  3. Wigan’s season doesn’t start until March. This is a 6 month pre-season.

    I found Wenger’s preference for playing away from home on the first game of the season strange, until I saw Chelsea’s first goal. Playing at home against a negative side who are hard to breakdown is made even more difficult when players aren’t as sharp as they might be. Playing away against lesser sides, buoyed by home support encouraging attack, leads to wide open spaces Chelsea exploited to go a goal (two goals) up.

  4. Brilliant goal by Southampton to make it 2-1 to the Saints.

    Like I said, I really believe this season in the Premier League is going to be the most competitive ever.

    The Gaffer

  5. Still gutted from yesterday. However, I agree with Gaffer looks like it’s going to be one wild ride from the start this year.

      1. Yes, deserved to win or AT LEAST draw. Let me repeat.. AT LEAST draw..
        Unable to clear and practically assisted Nasri with the winner.

  6. Wow! What an entertaining game. The Saints are going to be this season’s Swansea. I hope they stay up.

    I’d like to echo Samir Nasri’s T-shirt message that read “Eid Mubarak” (which means a joyous Eid) to all the Muslim readers of this site. Today is the day of celebration following the month long fast.

  7. Anybody notice that when Billy Sharp came on for Southampton, Fox Soccer’s pop-up said he was Billy Shaw? Also, during the LFC vs. WBA match FSC put a possession stat on the screen that said LFC had 61% of possesion while West Brom had 40%. Small errors, but as the guys on ESPN would say, “Come on man!”

    1. Yeah, I noticed they listed “John Champion” as commentator for the Man City game instead of Jon Champion.

      The Gaffer

    2. Kinda like when Rob stone says at the start of second half “it’s time for the second half kick”. For the love of god can they not just call it “kick off” like the rest if the world, drives me crazy.

  8. The Saints game was incredible. What is nuts is that Man City seemed to be able to score at will, then went into hibernation. That is just uncanny.

    With Fox Soccer losing Serie A, are they going to be showing most of the games on FSC now (including delayed premieres?) After this week and looking at the schedule next week, I’m wondering whether getting FS2Go makes any sense.

  9. many,many mistakes from the FSC graphics team this week, at least they stopped showing the annoying team colour graphic every 10mins, think it was just once per half, we know who’s playing!!
    Anyone else mention FSC flashing up the scores to games that were being shown on delay that day? Why would they do that? The signs are not good for improvement this season!

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