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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

epl stadiums Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

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!


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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