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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

number 9 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

For all of you awake to watch the early kick-off today, I applaud you. While the bandwagon fans will be asleep and waiting for Sunday’s Chelsea-Manchester United match, the hardcore fans will up and ready for Aston Villa against Norwich City, which could end up being the most entertaining match of the day due to two words: Paul Lambert.

The former Norwich City manager who walked away from the club after the Canaries refused permission for the Scot to talk to Aston Villa comes up against his old side. The match is at Villa Park, so Lambert has home field advantage. But in a grudge match like this one where both teams desperately need three points, this is going to be a wild game.

At 10am ET/3pm BST, there are four matches in store. Arsenal against Queens Park Rangers could get ugly for Mark Hughes and his QPR side, even though they played more like a team last week against Everton. Reading against Fulham will be a good test for Pavel Pogrebnyak. The Russian walked away from Fulham, and now has a chance to show he made a wise move, or not. Stoke against Sunderland. There’s not much to say about this one other than it has a nil-nil draw written all over it. Meanwhile, West Ham United will be hoping to carry on their good form with an away win against Wigan.

In the last match of the day, it’s Manchester City hopes to wipe away those mid-week Champions League nightmares against a Swansea City side that will probably start with a 4-6-0 if Danny Graham is on the bench. Expect Michu to have a few chances to give Roberto Mancini a fright.

Post your opinions in the comments section below as you follow along with the matches.

Have a wonderful Saturday!


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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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