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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

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The clocks have gone back one hour in Great Britain, so all of the Premier League matches today will kick off one hour later than usual.

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We’ll need our beauty sleep this morning as there are four enticing matches in store. The first is the Merseyside derby that kicks off at 9:30am ET with Everton at home against Liverpool. As EPL Talk blogger Matt Jones wrote in his preview of the match, let’s hope that Everton manager David Moyes removes the shackles from Everton and lets them play a more open and attacking game instead of the overly-defensive tactics.

Before Everton-Liverpool finishes, Newcastle United kicks off against West Bromwich Albion in a match at St. James’ Park, which features two evenly matched sides.

At the same time that Newcastle-WBA kicks off, Southampton plays Tottenham Hotspur in a match that, on paper, you would think would be an easy win for Spurs. But after a sluggish performance in Slovenia on Thursday night in the Europa League, it may be a tougher battle than Tottenham supporters expect.

Last but not least, we have the prospect of Chelsea versus Manchester United. Kick-off time is Noon ET. This one is a inquisitive matchup. If Chelsea wins, we could be seeing — for the first time — a possible separation between Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the league, and Manchester United is a weaker third position. The era of big spending from Chelsea and City could be opening up a gap at the top. Having said that, never underestimate Manchester United.

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

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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119 Responses to Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

  1. Peter says:

    Heading to Stamford Bridge soon for what will hopefully be a happy afternoon for Chelsea fans like me. But I’ve got my 14 year old MU-loving son in tow, so at least one of us ought to leave the match on a high. Lets just hope it’s not a 3-3 draw like last year’s fixture.

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      HTF does that happen then? A Celtic fan I work with burnt a Rangers shirt his son bought and refused to speak to him! What a twat Suarez is. The friendly Derby? Lobbing a golf ball at the players now.

  2. jtm371 says:

    Everton 3/Liverpool 1 Everton needs to exercise some demons today should be a great day of football!

  3. Dust says:

    Suarez going over to e erroneous dug out to dive I front of Moyes after the business deflection if why most fans don’t like Suarez, he is a prick!

    Completely disrespectful

    • Paul Sharman says:

      Moyes calling out Suarez pre game is disrespectful. Neville getting a card for diving is ironic.

      • Andrei says:

        Shhhh, Neville didn’t dive. Focus on discussing Suarez diving.

      • IanCransonsKnees says:

        Less disrespectful than Suarez trying to get fellow professionals carded or sent off.

        He’ll do it to the wrong player one day and will rue crying wolf all the time when he does. Freddie Mercury toothed prick.

      • dust says:

        Did Moyes make anything up in any of his comments? was he lying about Suarez and his cheating/diving?

        • Clampdown says:

          I thought it was an appropriate response. If managers talk about other clubs’ players then they should expect an answer back. I thought it was funny, just like it was funny when Klinsmann did it years ago … you thought that was funny, right, since you’ve been Spurs for so many years.

    • jtm371 says:

      could not agree with you more. last year he had a manager that defended his racism and this year he has a manager that defends his diving.oh yeah he is a A-hole for life.

  4. Guy says:

    Well, this is fun. Don’t leave your set! :-)

  5. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Miralles is tearing Liverpool bits. Hope he gets back on second half.

  6. Mufc77 says:

    Sterling is as useless in front if goal as Danny welbeck and theo Walcott.

  7. jtm371 says:

    go ahead pool fans keep defending that dirty POS it only make you look like a bigger fool.

  8. Andrei says:

    Ref should have sent Suarez off for faking offside.

  9. jtm371 says:

    that was a good goal poor call Liverpool was screwed.WOW!

  10. Ivan says:

    Shocking, disgusting, criminal call by the ref!!! Unbelievable!!! Liverpool robbed of deserved 3 points!!!

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      I’d hardly call it deserved, they pissed away a 2 goal lead.

      The glee that disallowed goal has been greeted with by various folks supports The Gaffer’s comments about Liverpool earlier this week. Suarez makes it very easy to foster this attitude for many neutrals.

    • dust says:

      2-0 up should have been enough

  11. Guy says:

    Dempsey just scored a great hustler’s goal.

  12. mark says:

    Not sure if the linesman had his flag up for offside or a foul on Coates. If it’s offside then that it a terrible call. We’ll know more when the officials tell Liverpool why the goal was disallowed.

    Disappointed there were no red cards in this one :-) .

  13. Mufc77 says:

    I’m glad FSC lost the rights to the EPL just for Rob stone saying that dumb shit every week.

  14. jtm371 says:

    i thought UTD had the poor defense Chelsea looks like Swiss cheese.

  15. Dust says:

    Useless Freezal again! Horrible off his line on the rare occasion he does and. What was tha corner??

    Just horrid!

    Lloris !!

    • Guy says:

      Now, now, dust. That goal certainly wasn’t his fault, was it? Two Spurs ball watching!

    • dust says:

      Unfortunately it was, he made a complete hash of the cross, the corner should never have happened, and on that corner, horrible positioning and palmed straight to the Southampton player…

      Just terrible. Defoe wasted so many chances int he first half we should have been 4 up in the first half. Livermore is fast becoming the second player I have no time for after Freezal.

  16. Frill Artist says:

    Just got in. Who scored Man U’s first goal???

  17. CTBlues says:

    I think it would have been smart to have started Moses today.

  18. jtm371 says:

    did Sandy miss you or did you get wind and rain?hope all is well!

    • Guy says:

      It’s just been raining and blowing 30-40 since yesterday. No big deal, but folks back in PA are about to have a heart attack. :-)

  19. Guy says:

    Little bugger is pretty damn good! Dumb one, Wayne.

  20. BA14 says:

    Degea is better with his feet than his hands. He should try hockey.

  21. Sammy says:


  22. Sammy says:

    Hold on, I didn’t realise Chelsea had pulled one back. That isn’t so bad but the question now is, can they score more while avoiding conceding? Really hope so.

  23. CTBlues says:

    Chelsea needs to let Cesar get in more of the matches versus lower sides to get some EPL experiment. Chelsea needs to start rotating more people in matches or they are going to get burnt out. They need to get Marin, Moses, Cesar, Bertand, and Sturridge in more. I know these guys are doing amazing things but the season doesn’t end until May.

  24. dust says:

    So the chelsea fans are booing Rio because?….. they agree with what terry did? No Class at the bridge ..again..

  25. dust says:

    what a surprise ivanovic gets a red! next few games out as well as terry.

  26. dust says:


  27. jtm371 says:

    WOW what a twist

  28. Matt says:

    Wow that was harsh. 11 on 9 now.

  29. Frill Artist says:

    Hahahahahahhahahahahahahaha. Another red.

  30. dust says:

    LOL cole diving trying to get rooney sent off wow

  31. Mufc77 says:

    life time ban for a horrible dive like that, shame on you Torres

  32. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Just because there’s contact doesn’t mean you have to dive. Torres should have thought about the negative consequences of over egging the challenge by Evans.

    Guy and I said as much a couple of weeks ago. This type of decision needs to be enforced to make the proponents on the fosbury style flop think twice before employing their pathetic drama queen antics.

  33. dust says:

    so should the song go, “we know who we are, we know who we aarree, champion divers of europe we know who we are”?

  34. CTBlues says:

    Man I didn’t want all those guys to have to come on in one game geez lol.

  35. dust says:

    wait..was chicharitio offside?

  36. CTBlues says:


  37. dust says:

    Like arteta

  38. jtm371 says:

    way to stay classy chelsea fans throw stuff at away players.nice touch

  39. Ivan says:

    Wow, 2 men down and a game winner from a clear offside.

    Do they have the title already awarded?

  40. Sammy says:

    What rubbish….nine men?!

  41. Andrei says:

    I must say it is embarrassing day for the EPL referees.

  42. jtm371 says:

    it has not been a good day for linesmen.

  43. dust says:

    So many great games today! love the BPL…best in the world so much entertainment

  44. jtm371 says:

    squeeze the air out of the ball!

  45. Mufc77 says:

    What’s the odds on a little scuffle after the whistle?

  46. dust says:

    chelsea steward down from moronic chelsea fans throwing objects at utd players…such a joke.. this game could have 10 mins of extra time like the city game

  47. CTBlues says:

    If this roles were reversed the stoppage time would have been 10 minutes.

  48. CTBlues says:

    Wait I thought Torres was already sent off?

  49. dust says:

    LOL what a miss! wow, its like he was possessed by Defoe for a moment

  50. CTBlues says:

    So Furgie complains that ManU hasn’t won at the Bridge in a long while because of the calls and it seems it took the calls to go there way to for them to win at the Bridge.

  51. Mufc77 says:

    A little extra something in the x-mas bonus for the ref this season.

  52. dust says:

    Barton LOL…Torres was getting out of the way,….rubbish,… he dove and clutched his ankle as tho he was hacked down.. he wasn’t, the ref had a good view too. he could have just jumped out of the he decided to make a meal of it and get evans sent off.

    chicaritio goal was offside and it was more blatant than the arteta one, Such is football.

  53. Guy says:

    Enough. Down to the pub with the wife and the dogs! :-)

  54. das says:

    EPL should hire the replacement refs from the NFL. Even they can do a better job. What a farce today. SMFH. It’s impossible to do worse than what happened today in terms of refereeing…

    • Mufc77 says:

      Ref was terrible today Luiz and Cahill both deserved red cards as well in the first half. Cole should have also seen red for diving. Ray Wilkins deserved a red along with the bus driver.

  55. dust says:

    a great day for the club all round COYS!

  56. Andrei says:

    As United supporter I gladly take all three points. The game however leaves a sour taste because of questionable officiating. I thought United had a fair shot to win after Ivanovic was rightfully dismissed. Unfortunately referees made a mess and that puts asterisk on otherwise good United performance. In addition, I’m wondering if with all this attention to officiating some calls may not go United way in other crucial games. After all it all evens out in the end as Kartik likes to say.

  57. mark says:

    Chelsea have lodged a complaint against mark Clattenburg for derogatory (racist?) comments against two Chelsea players, one of whom is Obi Mikel. Wow! This referee might never officiate again.

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