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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 12: Open Thread

arsenal spurs Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 12: Open Thread

There are several must-see matches to watch today beginning with the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. In previous seasons, the derby has been an explosive match that has often weeble-woobled back and forth throughout the 90 minutes. If those matches are anything to go by, this could be an instant classic.

Arsenal starting lineup: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud.

Tottenham starting lineup: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Gallas, Naughton, Sandro, Huddlestone, Bale, Lennon, Defoe, Adebayor

If that wasn’t enough, there are six intriguing Premier League matches kicking off at 10am ET/3pm UK time. Take your pick from “el Sackiko” between Queens Park Rangers and Southampton. Whichever manager loses could get sacked. So my bet is on a draw. There’s so much on the line there.

Liverpool against Wigan is a good opportunity to see whether Fenway Sports Group made the correct decision this past summer in picking their manager. Roberto Martinez was wined and dined in South Beach, but John W. Henry ultimately picked Brendan Rodgers instead. Did he make the right choice? We’ll find out today.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on the Newcastle against Swansea match. This one will be an intriguing affair with both sides crippled with injuries. Newcastle hasn’t been in the best form lately, so the Swans have a chance to capitalize on a rare chance to get some revenge on United, one of the teams that Swansea often have a tough time beating.

Reading against Everton should be a comfortable win for the Toffees, but I wouldn’t count out Reading yet. Brian McDermott’s side doesn’t deserve to be in the bottom three, and today’s the ideal opportunity to show their home fans they still have a fight in them.

Last but not least, out of the 10am ET/3pm UK time matches, high-flying West Bromwich Albion plays Chelsea in a match that gives Baggies manager Steve Clarke an opportunity to come up against the side where he used to be assistant manager, Chelsea. Today’s a great opportunity for West Bromwich to try to play their beautiful passing game against a Chelsea side who can play just as well. It should be a wonderful match to watch.

If Aston Villa’s performance last weekend against Manchester United is a sample of how Villa will play today, Manchester City‘s game against Aston Villa today should be an entertaining match to watch. However, City has hardly been inspiring at home, but City has a chance to move to the top of the table with a win before Manchester United plays away at Norwich City in the late kick-off.

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


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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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