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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

rafa benitez Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

What could be worse than West Ham United versus Chelsea? Perhaps QPR against Chelsea? Lazy jibes aside, let’s hope that the early kick-off between West Ham United and Chelsea is far more entertaining to watch than I fear.

In the six matches kicking off at 10am ET/7am PT/3pm UK time, it’s going to be hard to pick which matches to watch (unless your team is playing). Everton typically does well against Manchester City, so it’ll be a tough test for City at home against the Toffees. Arsenal has a home match against Swansea, where the Gunners will be under pressure both on and off the pitch (Arsenal supporters are organizing a protest).

Meanwhile, Liverpool faces a home match against Southampton where the Reds are desperate for a win against “lesser” opposition.

Over at Craven Cottage, it’ll seem like a reunion. Dimitar Berbatov and Martin Jol will be facing their old club, Tottenham Hotspur, while Clint Dempsey and Dembele will be very familiar with their surroundings.

Not too far away, Queens Park Rangers play their first home match under Harry Redknapp with a plum tie against Aston Villa. And last but not least is West Brom against Stoke, which should be an entertaining match to watch.

The last match of the day is Reading against Manchester United, one of the biggest matches at the Madejski Stadium this season.

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

Have a wonderful Saturday!


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71 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

  1. jtm371 says:

    go Hammers put more pressure on the waiter.could not happen to a nicer side.2 points from 9 for the interim waiter.

  2. Dust says:

    The wheels on Chelsea’s bus came falling off,
    falling off,
    The wheels on Chelsea’s bus came falling off,
    will Benitez get the ssaaacckkk.



  3. Guy says:

    What did Sam feed them at halftime?!

  4. jtm371 says:

    what a second half debacle from chelski the waiter might not make it to Christmas.

  5. Dust says:

    Do you know who you are?.
    Do you know who you aaaaaarrreeeee?
    Not finishing in the top four,
    THAT is who you are

    The defensive genius RB lost out to the attacking powerhouse that is west ham LMAO

  6. Mufc77 says:

    Rafa is the signing of the season

  7. Efrain says:

    Morning….. anyone know why the Arsenal Swansea match isn’t being shown in HD on Fox Soccer Plus? I have Directv and thought live matches were in HD.

  8. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Steve Clarke back to Chelsea?

  9. Marc L says:

    I can see Rafa making that long walk down the basement corridor of the Lubyanka any moment now.

  10. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Fancy Southampton for a bit of an upset today.

    Lots of changes for WBA today, Jones in for Crouch. Still no Owen.

  11. Dust says:

    What a way to start the day…. No more stupid champions of Europe song…..

    • Sacto Blues says:

      Yeah I can see how ” Champions of Europe ” singing would get on your nerves when Spurs supporters will never know what being a champion of Europe feels like and doubly when your team is in the shadow of not one but now two London clubs i can see how it would annoy you.

  12. Dust says:

    Kyle walker injured..not cool, damn injuries

  13. Dust says:

    F*** it’s Chris Foy

  14. Dust says:

    Dempsey unsurprisingly getting a raw deal from Fulham fans for the poor way he ended the relationship with the club.

  15. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Villa winning, draw suits me bearing in mind next weeks fixtures.

    Rob Green again. £50,000 a week!

  16. jtm371 says:

    All Blacks down 12/0 England is in command at halftime would be a huge upset.

  17. Sacto Blues says:

    Well that was a Wha happened ?? in the second half because Chelsea looked very comfortable in moving the ball and going on the attack. The second half West Ham just got in Chelsea’s face and the Blues wilted. Chelsea needed leadership to steady the ship after the first goal in the second half but the team just crumbled.

  18. Dust says:

    How the hell was that a fouls by Defoe when it was Sitwell clearly holding ing back like a linebacker? Chris Foy horrid!!

  19. Guy says:

    Stoke up 1-0. Whithead, Whitehead, he’s our man….. ;-)

  20. The Gaffer says:


    The Gaffer

    • Dust says:

      Damn straight, great win for swans…thank you Swansea…Laudrup making Swansea a penetrative team. With out joe Allen and Sinclair.

    • Frill Artist says:

      Don’t get too drunk. Lol.

      • IanCransonsKnees says:

        Talksport will be fantastic listening tonight with all the Arsenal and Chelsea supporters.

        Sounded to me like Swansea have overtaken Arsenal in their ability to tippy tap it around.

        Giroud and Cazorla diving like Olympic champions could probably have scored if they’d stayed on their feet.

  21. Dust says:

    WBA loose, Farcenal Loose at home Chelsea not just loosing but falling apart! and Spurs win 3-0 Christmas has come early!


  22. Marc L says:

    Nice work by Everton there. Still will be up top over the rags of course after beating them next week.

    Can’t complain too much about Dzeko, who has singlehandedly brought brought in about 10 points this year. But that guy has zero chemistry with any of the other attackers and pretty much kills the offensive flow every time he starts.

  23. Matt says:

    Michu rules, big laugh to everybody who thought he couldn’t cut it. The guy single handedly kept Vallecano up last season

  24. Dust says:

    Sorry jtm and all Man U but……..
    C’mon Reading!

  25. MG says:

    Arsenal are ghosts.

  26. Dust says:

    Get out the scotch….it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

    What a day!

  27. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Get in, cracking results today. I expected Stoke to get a draw. West Brom, we always beat West Brom!

    That’s 2 defeats in 30 against West Brom, since we’ve played each other in the Premier League at the Hawthorns it’s been P4 W4 conceded 0.

    Happy with the Villa draw as I think they may be a little overconfident when they come up against us next week. I just hope Spurs form slumps before the 22nd.

    Shame about Arsenal, couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of cretins. Bet the Gaffer’s buzzing his tits off.

    Looks like the unfashionables are making progress up the league table, just need Reading to stuff United to keep the flag flying for the unsung teams.

  28. Dust says:


  29. Dust says:

    I have to buy a lottery ticket what a day!

  30. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Goarn The Royals! Another one for the unfashionables.

  31. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Just realised that Stoke have more clean sheets this season than any other team. That’s playing without 2 recognised full-backs! If santa claus can sort us out with one or two for Christmas I’ll be happy.

  32. IanCransonsKnees says:


  33. Dust says:

    3-2 reading man utd 3 goals conceded in 20 mins…

    Two horse race my arse! Way to early to call it, especially on that form

    • Kagawa23 says:

      Not like spurs arsenal or chelsea are as good as either city or utd. Chelsea come closest butno way wil any of thos teams challenge us. City will imo since we cant defend and hv a shit midfield buts a 2 horse race utd is the only team that can beat city to the title its absurd to thnk any1 but chelsea can. I dont see chelsea beating us at OT and or city at the etihad.

  34. Dust says:

    Oh,it’s such a spurfect day
    I’m glad I spent it with you
    Oh,such a spurfect day
    U just keep me hanging on
    U just keep me hanging on

  35. Dust says:

    Is this going to end up 7-5?

  36. The Gaffer says:

    Who’s got the worst defense today? Reading or Manchester United?

    The Gaffer

  37. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Reading have conceded 18 goals in the second half of matches so far this season. They could concede another 18 today!

  38. Gary says:

    Reading vs Manchester United is like watching a Primary School match :-).

    • Dust says:

      RVD goal was legit, but so was the reading penalty cal for evra’s challenge.

      Lomb long way to go, but it is shaping up,to be a crazy season.

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