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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

number 5 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

There’ll be a welcome on the hillside this morning when Swansea City kicks off the Premier League gameweek 5 with a home match against high-flying Everton. I’m obviously biased, but this one promises to be a barn buster. Can Nathan Dyer show what he has against Leighton Baines? Can Everton stop Michu from playing his wonderful football in midfield? Will Everton be able to make up for the disappointment of drawing Newcastle on Monday after being cheated out of two goals?

We shall see beginning at 7:45am ET/12:45pm BST today.

Following that match, we have several 10am/3pm BST matches — Chelsea versus Stoke, West Ham vs Sunderland, Southampton vs Aston Villa and West Brom versus Reading. And then the late kick-off is a homecoming for Hugo Rodallega as Fulham travels to Wigan.

Before, during and after today’s matches, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comnents section below.

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46 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

  1. JaxHullMan says:

    I like the early games – great way to start the weekend

  2. Guy says:

    Well, that’s just been coming. Swans need to get going.

  3. Guy says:

    Did I just see the terrible word “soccer” on the electronic sideline board in Wales? ;-)

  4. Neville says:

    Don’t remember Swansea being outplayed like this ever. Very poor start for them and now having to chase a 2 goal deficit it’s going to be tough to come back. They should have got one back just before the half so maybe they will come out for the second half and give it a go. Everton are very good on the counter attack and I can see them scoring again.

  5. Tayo says:

    Swansea playing poorly!

  6. Guy says:

    What was Dyer thinking? It’s over now.

  7. Attaturk says:

    Tremendous performance by Everton, maybe the best I’ve seen them play…perhaps not surprisingly about as bad as I’ve seen Swansea.

  8. dust says:

    only watched the second half onwards, everton looked very good, not sure why swansea were so chipy, didn’t do them selves any favors, dyer needs a head check goading the ref to give him a yellow, and then that challenge he made…lucky he didn’t break someones leg.

    ESPN tho, much better, good commentator and co commentator, much more insightful than the normal clown pairing. liked it enough to keep it on all the way up to the chelski stoke kick off. good job espn. keep clear of darke and Macca, all sizzle no steak!

    • Alex Wolcott says:

      +1 for “clown pairing” (though I do admit to liking some of Ian’s occasional quips.)

    • The Gaffer says:

      Frustrating performance from Swansea. They were missing their engine from the beginning (Leon Britton). As soon as Britton came on in the second half, Swansea looked a much better team.

      Entertaining match overall. It could have easily ended 5-3 to Everton if it wasn’t for Tim Howard making some wonderful saves. Swansea created enough chances, but they came up against a very strong Everton side today. Onwards and upwards.

      The Gaffer

  9. dust says:

    should be 1-0 stoke, great set piece chance against the post..should have scored.

  10. dust says:

    ivanovic staring in the “the dive” a hazzard production. Jeez how is he not on a yellow, what a joke

  11. Alex Wolcott says:

    Just a fantastic attempt on goal by Nolan and equally world-class save in the 43rd of the West Ham Game – check it out if you have FS2Go and can watch the replay later.

    • Trickybrkn says:

      Should be level by run of play… Fat Sam continues to frustrate with his selection. I’m sure he has a set style he wants, but so hard to watch. I call it the bump and gun.

  12. dust says:

    I wonder who gave Everton a “suitcase” to beat swansea? Cardiff?

  13. dust says:

    Oscar co staring in “the dive” a hazzard production. just wrong..he deserved the card.

  14. dust says:

    will owen score the winner?

  15. Sammy says:

    Stoke are so frustrating to watch, they just keep fouling their opposition players over and over again and it seems that is their style of preventing opponents from scoring. Their style of play makes it difficult for them to score goals as well. Gah… it’s no wonder they’ve been neither winning nor losing.

  16. Paul says:

    Which genius loaned Lukaku and put the hopes of scoring goals on Torres’ shoulders.?

  17. dust says:

    that’s unlike ivanovic to be dirty and foul ..LOL

  18. dust says:

    if that was stoke there would be uproar, studs up luiz challenge

  19. trickybrkn says:

    1-1 WHU- Sunderland

  20. Alex Wolcott says:

    WELL-deserved tally for Nolan in extra time! I think WHU must have a 4-1 advantage in quality chances today.

  21. dust says:

    stoke plated hard, and were unlucky not to get the draw, you have to take your chances. chelsea worked hard for the goal. the overhead replay shows how lackluster torres was when cole made his run for the goal.

    not good

  22. BA14 says:

    I bet Rickie Lambert would be more productive then Fernando Torres.

  23. dust says:

    i think abramovich will be back down the training ground this week, asking why DM took off the 35 m man for the 8 m man

  24. SpHSpH says:

    I just needed to jump in here to say …

    … the FOX Soccer studio crew (Stone / Barton / Wynalda / McBride) are HORRIBLE!

    I was sort of excited when Stone replaced Miles (who was also terrible) – but Stone is equally bad.

    Anything from a FOX Soccer studio is simply the worst.

    I am still disappointed about the new FoxSoccerNews program.

    And FOX has the 2018 World Cup?!? Wow – that is really too bad …

    • dust says:

      I agree whole heatedly…do they really have the world cup? omg thats not cool. If fox get the BPL they have to do a clean sweep of their presenter / pundit personnel.

      • Matt says:

        They have the rights for every FIFA tournament from 2015-2022 (World Cup, Youth World Cup, Women’s World Cup, Confederations Cup)

  25. dust says:

    i would not be surprised if Moyes took over from SAF … Man utd love their scot managers…Busby…SAF…

  26. dust says:

    …still waiting to see a link to all these bale diving video’s? c’mon there must be a ton out there not just one or 2..

  27. dust says:

    errr…Southampton! Holy smokes! 1-0 down come back and win 4-1…what a great result for those guys, they really impressed against the Manchester clubs.

    wow, congrats SFC.

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