Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread

IT IS BACK!

After a long and agonizing two weeks of soccer hell, Premier League football has returned. That two week spell was, for me, excruciating painful. Very few quality matches were on offer. There were far too many storylines that revolved around issues that had nothing to do with football on the pitch. But now we’re back with a full assortment of Premier League matches.

Kicking the action off this morning is Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea in a massive crunch match between Andre Villas Boas and the former team he managed. The fact that the match is being played at White Hart Lane is a bonus especially how vocal the home supporters can be. Let’s hope there’s an early goal in this one to open the match up for a treasure chest of goals.

Thanks to the Champions League matches being played next week, we have six Premier League games to choose from during the 10am-Noon ET timeslot. High-flying West Bromwich Albion will provide a tough test for Manchester City at the Hawthorns. Manchester United should comfortably win at home against Stoke. Liverpool plays Reading at Anfield where the Reds hope to get all three points. Fulham against Aston Villa promises to be an entertaining match at Craven Cottage. West Ham will hope to wipe away the loss against Arsenal by beating Southampton at home. And last but not least, Swansea plays Wigan at the Liberty Stadium. If the Swans want to show people that they’re still a force to be reckoned with this season, today is a must-win for Michael Laudrup’s team against former Swansea gaffer Roberto Martinez.

The late kickoff today is Norwich at home against an Arsenal team that is currently buzzing after their win against West Ham United. If Norwich is to make any mark on its season, today is the day to show us what Chris Hughton’s men can do. This, I predict, will be a much tougher match for Arsenal than most people think.

Before, during and after today’s Premier League matches, post your rants, raves, questions and observations below.

Enjoy your Saturday!

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