Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread

After last Sunday’s solitary Premier League match, we have four in store today.

Kicking off the action is Swansea City against Liverpool, live from the Liberty Stadium in Wales (8:30am ET kickoff time on ESPN2 for viewers in the United States).

The three other matches today are Southampton vs Newcastle and Tottenham versus West Ham United, as well as the big match of the day with Chelsea at home to Manchester City, in what could end up being the two title contenders unless Manchester United has something to say about it this season.

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

76 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread”

  1. With Downing and Henderson starting for Liverpool I don’t see anything but a Swansea victory. They both also played the entire game on Thursday and Gerard played over 60 minutes as well.

    Swansea should have too much for Liverpool to handle which is why Rodgers has gone with a very defensive lineup.

  2. Go Swansea! Beat Liverpool like you did in the League Cup at Anfield last time round!

    I am somehow desperate for Liverpool to get back to losing ways again, given their current unbeaten run.

  3. Looks like no VK available for City but Lescott will be back. Clichy probably back. I am hearing that Maicon starting at RB in place of Zabaleta?

    Eeesh. If dainty little Eden Hazard can restrain his impulses to dive at every opportunity he will eat Maicon’s lunch.

    Looks like a very strong lineup in front of the back 4. That’s all good. You pretty well better have Silva, Tevez, and Aguero starting in every big match. No exceptions, other than obviously match fitness.

    Hopefully the blue-clad NKVD of the EPL will be in a little disarray in the wake of the recent managerial disappearance into Roman Abramovich’s Lubyanka. But one would guess those guys are all used to this by now.

    Alright then! Into the cocoon! Let’s see the Swans make some money for Cransons (and shut up my LFC-supporting best friend) and best out to the Spurs later on.

  4. I like Macca and all that, but there is no “right way” to play football, other than within the rules. Thus endeth the Sunday sermon. 😉

  5. Liverpool certainly seem much more cohesive than earlier in the season, when they were almost painful to watch trying to get used to Roger’s system.

  6. do we have any hope the next match will be any better one can only hope.i think the biggest problem for City is no Vinnie in the back 4 he is their defensive anchor plus he can get up on a set play and score.

  7. Dust
    you have taken care of your BRAD problem so now AVB is starting Dawson hope your head won’t explode.maybe it is a tryout for QPR?

  8. Swansea vs Liverpool, another example of similar styles cancelling each other out.

    Chelsea fans chanting ‘one Di Matteo’ as Benitez walks out. Got the commentary on BBC 5 Live.

    I wonder if the ref’s miked up?

  9. Tom Huddlestone is so slow, As for Dempsey, I’m going to poke my eyes out! How the ref plays advantage with Huddlestone on the ball I have no idea, how is it an advantage at Huddlestone’s feet?

    Please take those 2 clowns off. Bring on, Démbèle or Tom Carroll

  10. Why pundits think Defoe would leave spurs to go and play for ‘arry I have no idea, he is getting more games under AVB and in his best form of 7 years!

    Leave a winning team for the dog fight? ‘Arry dropped him at the first sign of a new striker.

    Oh… And even Sam playing 4-2-3-1 this season.

  11. Well good to see whatever talk there was of Maicon at RB was just that. Just love Zabaleta. And Nastasic, who has without fanfare played City’s best overall defense this year.

    This is a strange match. City has owned the midfield but hasn’t gotten anything really going up front. Torres had his one or two minutes of life per match there around 40′ but otherwise was his usual slug self.

    Let’s get three here fellas! One would not be the end of the world but The Chelski apparat hasn’t looked like it really wants to grab this one.

    1. No, no way he just signed a new 5 year deal in the summer. He will want to see some more squad investment in jan. he is going no where for while.

      1. If they get the right price they will let him go. That has been Spur’s MO under Levy. Granted Levy grow some balls over Modric but that was just done in hopes of getting more money the next time around. Tottenham builds up good players and sells them off with a nice profit in the bank account. That is what Lewis and Levy are all about.

  12. Confidence from the back four because of Lloris, just a commanding presence. Clint has a black eye, I think AVB must have given him the Archie slap and told him to figure it out.

  13. Not the worst result on Earth. Keeps them ahead of last season’s corresponding fixtures as well.

    Good defense and terrible passing on both sides in this one.

  14. I can’t believe shaktar pulled the crap, what a joke. I wanted them to do well, now, I hope they go out in the next round.

    Such poor sportsmanship

  15. Huddlestone has the defensive awareness of the girl in the horror movie that gets killed because she doesn’t see the large pool of blood on the floor or take off her headphones and still gets in the shower. #stupid

  16. Not the worse result for the Blues considering the week they’ve had and how terrible they looked defensively against Juve last Tuesday. Chelsea has to get the 3 points against the Fools on Wednesday though.

      1. I knew with only a couple of days on the practice pitch Benitez could only hope to improve the defensive backline so the jury is still out. I would have wanted Arry over Rafa but I’m trying to keep an open mind and not try to remember his comments about us 5-6 years ago. The supporters will come around if Benitez starts to win right now the word around the camp fire is support the lads on the pitch and not Rafa and Roman & Co.

    1. I think it is gonna be a poor experience for Chelsea fans with Rafa, I see a pretty poor collapse coming, resentment building in the dressing room towards Torres because of him ousting di Matteo.

      All is setup for a Mourinho return at the end of the season. Not pep.

      1. I’m not sure either would come and I don’t blame them in the sense that any bad spell of matches and you may get the sack. Chelsea needs someone like them who are in complete control of the footballing side of things and not Roman and the front office meddling in who plays and who doesn’t.

        1. Pep loves a great youth system, that’s why I think man utd is his primary choice. Their youth system is by far the most productive in the premier league.

          A shame they aren’t in the Next Gen league.

          1. This is neither “obvious” nor a fact. SAF has delivered results over two decades and set the standards at United exceptionally high. If United went without winning a trophy or even qualifying for CL for few years in a row I’m not sure how Glazers the club board would react.

          2. Andrei,

            I did not say

            “If United went without winning a trophy or even qualifying for CL for few years in a row I’m not sure how Glazers the club board would react.”

            That was you.

            A transitional period at man utd doesn’t mean zero trophies for 2 or 3 years, but even if it was for 1 or 2 years but they still qualified for UCL the I think as long as they see progress and the UCL they would not pull an abramovich.

            You think abramovich would deal with that? If so why fire Di Matteo.

            Saf finished 2nd one season then 11 the next, them started to turn it around. I think Man utd know more than any club that short term pain (12-18 months) is worth it for a long term gain.

  17. Even though I’m not a Rafa fan I thought his treatment at the game was classless. It’s one thing to support RDM but to boo and have signs against your new boss, who hasn’t even coached a single game yet, shows lack of respect and class.

      1. Yes Dust because when Arsenal’s George Graham was named manager of spurs he was showered with cheers and champagne was over flowing at WHL. LOL

  18. Lots off accounts from spurs fans that attended the game now emerging of west ham chanting more anti Semitic filth. “Hissing” along with gas chamber chants, “viva lazio” & “can we stab you every week” chants.

    I hope the FA do something.

    The last thing the BPL needs is to have CFC, WHUFC & Millwall & Leeds at the same time. I hope WHUFC get relegated & Millwall & leeds stay were they are.

    Those fan bases have serious issues.

    1. I am not saying it will work but the FA has to start deducting this crap keeps happening is beyond me,lack of education,or is it just is a blight on the sport world wide.

    2. I totally agree w/jtm371. The stupidity/ignorance/racism displayed by WHUFC and Lazio fans is incomprehensible. How can anyone, in this day and age act in that manner? Deduct points from the club and ban those fans who commit the offense.
      Players, coaches, and the FA have to speak out.

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