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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread

number 7 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread

Just as we’re getting back into the swing of Premier League action again, an international break beckons. The next Saturday we’ll have filled with Premier League matches is two weeks away, so savor today as much as you can.

Six matches are on deck today:

Manchester City vs Sunderland, 7:45am, ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Chelsea vs Norwich, 10am, FOX Soccer
Wigan vs Everton, 10am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
West Brom vs QPR, 10am, FOX Soccer 2Go
Swansea vs Reading, 10am, FOX Soccer 2Go
West Ham vs Arsenal, 12:30pm, FOX Soccer

There’s a little something for everyone today. Manchester City will be tired after their midweek run-out against Borussia Dortmund, so this will be Sunderland’s best chance perhaps all season to get a point at the Etihad Stadium.

Norwich have something to prove against Chelsea, but even if the Canaries are firing on all cylinders, it’s hard to imagine them winning at Stamford Bridge.

With Wigan, I wouldn’t be surprised if they shock everyone and get something out of their game against Everton.

West Brom versus QPR should be a pretty even game. QPR will bounce back, but it’s their defensive weaknesses I’m concerned about.

Swansea against Reading is anyone’s game. It’ll be an excellent test to see what both sides are made of, and how good (or not) Swansea are. After difficult matches against Aston Villa, Everton and Stoke, Reading is a team that Swansea can feel they can score against. They better.

Last but not least, Arsenal travel to Upton Park, a tricky ground to get a win especially when it’s a London derby. It’ll be interesting to see the impact of Andy Carroll, and whether Lukas Podolski can do it again for the Gunners.

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


About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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