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/
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.

20 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread”

  1. How I hate these early games. Waking up at 4:30 to watch a match was never in my plans. Oh well. C’mon Sunderland!!

  2. Kind of cautious play by Sunderland. You wonder if taking the game more at City would be a better idea given their defensive disarray this year.

    But then it would appear as if some of their curious experiments at the back have been put to rest. If I were them I would pretty much take whatever plan was in place from about minutes 50-70 against Dortmund and put that permanently to rest.

  3. Very, very good stuff here. Best 30 minutes of football this season. Notice how you take off Balotelli and his constant drama and antics and the rest of the boys just throw it into gear.

    Reminded me a lot of the WBA match last April, where City snapped out of about 6 weeks of torpor and just started looking about 5 yards quicker. Great stuff. Should have been about 6-0 given all the quality chances created.

    1. I am not sure exactly why they are struggling but with a team like Swansea who exceeded expectations last year and got off to a great start it is easy to overestimate what they are capable of.

      Yes they play attractive football and did very well but the fact remains they were closer to the bottom of the table than the top, and also had a managerial change.

      1. Well said. Maybe I’ve been overestimating them a bit. Maybe their actual standards do not actually make them good enough to do consistently well in the Premier League. When they got off to a wonderful start I was caught up into thinking that Laudraup is such a good manager, perhaps the sad truth is that he isn’t as good as Rodgers. In such a case, I pity that guy.

  4. Great win for Chelsea. Juan Mata was world class today. I can’t wait for the 20th. I don’t want to say Norwich gave up but they certainly looked like they didn’t have the confidence to get a result.

    1. Carroll has an injury and I was worried at him playing as long as he had… Now why Taylor over Yossi is worrying.

  5. Congrats Giroud for breaking your duck in the Premier League! Keep going, and most importantly keep believing in yourself. Don’t worry if u don’t score too many goals.

    And congrats Wenger for chalking up another win with your team! You rock!

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