Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread

Seven Premier League matches today. Each of them are excellent match-ups in what promises to be an excellent day.

With the clocks changing in the UK last week, and the US not changing theirs until tomorrow, all of the games will be one hour later than usual for us today before things get back to normal tomorrow.

Manchester United kicks things off today at 8:45am ET with a home match against Arsenal. Last year, we saw an 8-2 win for United. This year, Robin van Persie has moved from London to Manchester, so it’ll be fascinating to see what impact he’ll have today. And, if he scores, what his reaction will be.

In the other matches today, Swansea plays Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans were literally seconds away from beating Chelsea 1-0 in the similar fixture last season until Jose Bosingwa scored a deflected goal deep into stoppage time.

Fulham against Everton will be a brilliant match-up between two high-flying teams. Tottenham against Wigan brings back memories of the 9-1 victory for Spurs three years ago. Norwich against Stoke should feature plenty of end-to-end action. In the Sunderland against Aston Villa match, both teams are desperate for a win. It’s Martin O’Neill’s new team against his old team.

And last but not least is the late kick-off today at 1:30pm ET between West Ham United and Manchester City. Hammers manager Sam Allardyce will be looking forward to putting his stamp on this one.

Here’s the US TV and Internet schedule for Premier League matches today.

You know the drill. Post your pre-match, during and post-match conversations below.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

73 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread”

  1. lets hope we will just have to talk about football today unlike last Sunday.great matches today hope for goals like in the League Cup matches i know i am dreaming but what the heck.

    1. You got to sleep late today! :-)

      Enjoy the match. I expect United to handle them without too much trouble, although not quite like last year.

  2. Well, that was quick.

    Micky Quinn on talkSPORT this morning said something simple but worth mentioning. If Arsenal is serious about a Premier League title challenge, they need to make a statement by doing what Manchester United did last weekend… by going to an opponent’s home ground (Old Trafford, in this case) and getting a win.

    The Gaffer

    1. So he’s simply suggesting that Arsenal need the help of an unwarranted red card against the opposition followed by an offside “winner?” That does make winning away from home a lot simpler. :)

  3. Morning everyone,

    Well RVP welcomed his old mates in style with a gift goal two mins in. Vermaerlen with some shoddy defending and unfortunately for him he gave it away to a ma who doesn’t miss when he gets an opportunity like that. Arsenal have no pace and looked shit the whole first half. They are missing OX with his speed and Theo needs to come on sharpish.

    Giroud just isn’t going to cut it as RVP’s replacement and they should spend some of his transfer fee from this past summer to grab a striker in January. I still believe letting RVP walk was a grave error, they should have emptied the coffer to convince him to stay.

    Big PK miss from Rooney. Would have been huge for United to go up two rite before half. Think maybe a certain ex Gunner might have been a better choice for that one. cheers

  4. even with the 2 mistakes from Arsenal this has been a snoozer.hope for a turn around for the second half.

    poor penalty from Rooney should have been RVP i know want to get Rooney scoring.

  5. Arsenal very toothless going forward. Department of the obvious, but that is a very big RVP-sized hole they have up front amidst some pretty decent complimentary attackers.

    If the business model here is to finish in the top 4 then Arsenal needs to revise that model right quick. No way this side is better than the Spurs come next next May.

    Hopefully better stuff on offer in the 2nd. And looking forward to Chelsea-Swans later. Go Swans!

  6. Beige the MUFC v AFC game I would have said 4-1 MUFC, the fact MUFC have missed a penalty and 2 tap ins, I stand by that 4-1

    1. That was me, and Arsenal do have the best defense in the league. Look at the statistics: Only 8 goals conceded.

      Bad performance today, but that had a lot to do with a directionless attack. Doesn’t change the fact that Arsenal have the best defense in the Premier League.

    1. But the win against Liverpool wasn’t deserved and shouldn’t have happened. Refereeing decisions really went against the team that day and spoilt the result of the match.

  7. Highlight for me…..Macca on de Gea. “He’s had harder days shopping with the wife.” :-)

    My oh my he did have to wake up for a bit.

  8. just got home from my kid’s game and pull up the game on the dvr. horrible defending by arsenal. you have to get a clearance or you give RVP chances like that which he will put away a high % of the time.

  9. Arsenal looked very much a mid table team they are at the moment. Which is a shame given amount of talent they have. Is it time yet to say that players quit on Wenger?

    1. Yes it was, but It doesn’t mean that Lloris wouldnt also have saved it, Lloris Is a world class keeper. That offers more than Freezal.

  10. Poor movement from us. AVB will have some stern words I’m sure, a lack luster performance so far, with Wigan missing great chances.

    Second half we need to attack non stop for 45 +, also need Ade and maybe falque to come on

  11. Nothing from the scoreline but I’ll take this first 45 if I am Swansea. Looks like Torres is making his inevitable transition back to “Chelsea Torres.” Rather than “Liverpool Torres,” which he’d largely been looking so far this campaign.

    Let’s go Sawns! Get Michu loose and put the screws to them!

  12. Tactically Wigan are dong a good job nullifying the wide area effectiveness of Spurs, but there IS room in the middle of the last 3rd if we can hold up the ball. Dempsey just not cutting it behind defoe

  13. Yeah! Nice work late amidst that crazy scene at the Liberty. And Eden Hazard is rapidly becoming my most hated player with his constant antics. At least Suarez make up for his constant diving by actually putting it in the net now and again.

    Now let’s get ourselves a win at the expense of Tubbo Sam and stay level on points with the bad guys!

  14. Our injury list is taking its toll. We are still fifth, Lloris will play in Europa and hopefully keep it from there on in to get some consistency for us. Center midfield is a worry, huddlestone isn’t good enough, our depth is being tested, we need to strengthen in January without Démbèle we look lackluster and have no spark in the middle, no distribution through the middle.

  15. Ugh. City looking beatable as ever in the first half. Dreadful play overall by Dzeko. I’d have Aguero on for him and not even wait till the 65th minute. Hammers constantly going after Kolo Toure and his garden gnome-level of mobility. Zabaleta for him ASAP as that will inevitably blow up if you push it much further.

  16. Does Warren Barton makes his analysis before the game and refuse to change it if somehow he is proven wrong after watching the game? Talking about Dzeko and Balotelli’s out wide doesn’t work. Did he see how many chances City has created??

  17. Disappointed that Chelsea didn’t nick 3 points but a point apiece isn’t the worst outcome when we were knackered at the end. The weekend wasn’t a total loss because Spurs lost to Wigan.

    1. Only 5 points in it! Haha! The loss to Wigan was brutal but with no creative player in center midfield, no one able to pass tjr ball out to the wings and utilize the pace. Démbèle being out really shows our lack of depth for that position.

      What’s Chelsea’s reason?

      1. I think fatigue got to them and also hand it to Swansea who didn’t fold after Chelsea opened the scoring. Spurs are hitting the ceiling you’re a proverbial 5th place team.

        1. 4th, 4th placed far.. Long season tho we will see!

          Soon u’ll be without your 50 million pound ($80m) striker Torres with his 3 game ban coming up..

          A Shame we wasted today’s chance to get 3 points and close the gap more…

  18. A horse called Gervinho is running the 4th race at Santa Anita today. Currently 7/1 odds, I’m staying away from anything Arsenal related today.

    1. Probably has better ball control and less likely to fall. If it is a French horse Wenger would probably buy it and start it ahead of Walcott.

  19. Wigan deserved to win. Despite some progress I am still opposed to AVB and Levy should go and find a nice bank job. Lewis doesn’t care about Tottenham he’s too busy either living in the Bahamas or Florida overseeing his empire. The team should be sold to an individual who understands all the in and outs of the game and will make the club their main and primary focus.

  20. Despite Everton drawing against Fulham they look the real deal. Should have won the game but Fulham were due a late goal considering they’ve been on the other end of them recently.

    Right now you have to say that Everton look a good bet to get 4th with both Arsenal and Spurs not quite clicking.

  21. Sir Alex will have the hair dryer on his defense for the late goal, something that might serve United well when they head to Villa Park. AVFC is a team not to take too lightly by any means right now.

  22. Arsenal were crap today. Vermallen used to be good & now he makes a mistake every week. Mertesacker was solid. Seemed a lack of desire/passion from most of them except the amazing away fans. If that early mistake didnt happen, they may have played better. The attack was timid all day.

    At least I have beIN as of yesterday It’s great to see the other leagues.

  23. Swansea and Wigan deserved the points they got from their respective games. The Lactics’ goal was a close affair and no wonder the referee took time to decide. West Ham, however, were cruelly denied their goal which would have given them victory over City. But well, these things keep happening.

    Quite excited about how the league table is progressing at the moment. Would have liked either Fulham or Everton to win the match though, to make things more interesting, even if at the expense of my team. Just hope that Liverpool lose tonight and remain down at the bottom half of the table.

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