Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

We have eight Premier League matches on deck today beginning with the London derby between QPR and Tottenham Hotspur from Loftus Road. Harry Redknapp returns to see his new side play against his old side. If QPR can win this one, then it’ll be a massive shock.

While tomorrow is Super Sunday, there are still some intriguing matchups today including Stoke versus Chelsea and Everton against Swansea. Plus, Norwich plays Newcastle, Fulham battles Wigan, Aston Villa takes on Southampton, Reading plays West Brom and, last but not least, Sunderland plays West Ham.

There’s no late kick-off today, so be prepared for a busy 10am ET/3pm UK time window.

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

Have a wonderful Saturday!

62 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread”

  1. Spurs look unstoppable so far. Good ball possession and they’re working hard to win any 50/50 balls.

    Great saves by Julio Cesar are keeping QPR in the match.

    The Gaffer

  2. Bet Dust’s gutted about Sandro.

    A crisp, clear and cold day in the Potteries today. This is a huge game in relation to protecting our home league record. Chelsea will be smarting after that midweek embarrassment so I’m worried that they’ll come and take it out on us.

    Shawcross and Cameron are back in the back line so hopefully we will not defend like we did (or didn’t) against Southampton.

    So far as injuries go I haven’t heard any news so I assume the side will not contain any surprises.

    Given we’ve not beaten Chelsea since we were promoted I’ll take a point, though today could be our best chance to get 3. That said Rafa will know better than most how we work as he spent regular time coaching at Stoke when he was out of work.

    Has Dawson been having diving lessons from Bale. Splash needs a co-presenter with Tom Daley, Bale might take that option up rather than the MOTD sofa.

      1. Clint’s a saint, I know that first hand from his time at Stoke. He is named after Eastwood, I think he models himself on Dirty Harry. I don’t know if he’s still got the same missus he had at Stoke, if so she’s got a bigger pair of tits than Micky Quinn.

  3. so far not much action for such a early match.high point to saves by JC.Ade should have finished.hope 2nd half will give more run.

  4. First 5-10 we look fine, the rest we look absolutely horrible, playing at such a slow pace, painfull to watch! Espn continue their unbeaten stretch of being bad juju for spurs. Just horrid! Ade need to get off, Démbèle needs to wake up.

  5. Actually enjoyed the first half despite it being scoreless. If this was he NFL you have to say who will be doing halftime adjustments.

    On another note I was getting very used to the ESPN crew. Hope may be to see Ian and Macca on NBC next season.

      1. They still under contract? ESPN may want to release them since they have little use except for US assignments and I guess 2104 WC. ok they stay.

  6. I was supportive of AVB’s decision to experioment with the 4-4-2 and get, presumably, the 2 best strikers on at the same time, but there seems to be something missing whenever Ade is deployed upfront with Defoe. I don’t want to be a homer, but I truly feel like that whenever Dempsey is on and sitting off a single striker they appear to be more dangerous.

    1. Sorry, jtm, not possible. All the pool fans left EPL Talk over The Gaffer’s “outrageous” commentary on The Cheater. 😉

      1. you mean the cheating diving biting racist rabbit.i hope one or two will show up for the hiding they are going to get at OT.

    1. 1 game isnt enough to make you great as mich as it cant make you rubbish, I don’t think Bale was invisible at all, Harry set up for a draw Bale had 2 or three around him 90 % of the time. Lennon was invisible IMO

  7. Harry says QPRs win over Chelsea was the best if his career, wasn’t he the manager of Bournemouth when the beat Utd in the FA cup in the 80s?

    2 points dropped fir spurs today but form counts for nothing on Darby day.

  8. Caesar kept QPR in that game. We were not great, we had no answer for the bus, we couldn’t break 11am defense down. QPR pulled a UCL Chelsea performance and just defended from minute 1. It’s a point more than we got there last season. Disappointing , we had opportunities to score but didn’t. Adebyor should go to ACON & find his form, how he missed those 3 chamces in the 6 yd box. Defoe was missing again, Darke had his first poor game.

    QPR are hero’s? LoL such aload of bollox.

  9. Rough afternoon for the Spurs. If SWP had more left it would have been even rougher.

    Seems like Harry is doing pretty well so far in the Football Manager scenario where you take over the hopelessly in the drop zone squad midway into the season and get them out of trouble. They have what, 4 points to make up now? Completely do-able in the time left.

  10. Not the most exciting match but I’ll take poxy spurs dropping points even to QPhahaha. Chelsea for all three points against Stoke lets say 2-0 ( Mata and Ba )

    1. A point more than your lot got off qphahaha at home lol

      Manager of the month is a curse… Did you know AVB win motm? LoL how is dimatteo doing? LoL wait I mean Rafa?

      C’mon stoke take 3 from the lucky mugs.

        1. He scores more than Torres, he scores more than Torres, Super Jonny Walters , he scores more than Torres!

          He got a good rendition of Super Jonny Walters at the end from Stoke fans. One of those days.

  11. Positives today were it was a better run out in prep for Man Utd than the Coventry game… Parker getting more game time……. I can’t think of anything else… Oh a point…. Oh and Ade is off now for a while! Thank f***

  12. Oh well, disappointing CFC get the rub with 2 own goals & a dive fit a pen… Oh well… At least ill be able to console my disappointment at the 9er game today with Borden beirch garlic fries! Watching some throwball later.

    1. We’ll take a point at Goodison. Tough place to get anything. Plus we need the rest during a congested January schedule.

      The Gaffer

      1. Don’t get me wrong, Swansea is one of the two non-Everton clubs that I don’t just loathe in the EPL (the other being Tottenham, as an American I haven’t had too many chances to go to a game [this years Tottenham v West Ham] and their supporters were extremely kind.. getting off topic here), but they really did just park the bus in this one. Fair play though, whatever works! Just a little frustrating to watch.

        1. Yes, we parked the bus but Everton is one of our bogey sides that we always lose against so getting a draw is exactly what we wanted. Having said that, we almost won the match if it wasn’t for Tim Howard’s fingertip save.

          The Gaffer

  13. Reading win 3-2 with 3 goals in 8 minutes & not one makes the highlight reel? Neither does the Mata dive, not even a mention. Fox Suxer

  14. Well my fears were well founded, that said it wasn’t a 4-0 result if you get what I mean. First half we battered them then a throw that was given the wrong way resulted in an own goal right on half time. If we’d gone in at 0-0 I think Chelsea would have had more to distract them. 2nd half once the second own goal and penalty went in that was it. Hazard’s goal was top drawer.

    I’d say highlights off the pitch were “he’s scored more than Torres” in response to Walters second own goal. 3 1/2 sides of the ground serenading Terry with the chant’scum,scum, scum’ when he came on. In the stands after the 4th went in a few people started to leave and it kicked if with those who thought they were being disrespectful. If you know anything about Stoke on Trent the response to these leavers was as Industrial as the landscape.

    If I could have one conversation with Tony Pulis it would be to ask him to change his stance on our side being honest when they get challenged. We’re hamstringing ourselves with this attitude. Today Ramires and Hazard rolled around when they were brushed past, never mind tackled. We need to do more of the same, because it’s not just them it’s pretty much everyone else that does this. Until we adopt the same mentality we’re handicapping ourselves before we kick off.

    Gaffer, Jones wants to go and is threatening to run down his contract until we do. Stoke are actively looking to sell him.

    Besides Stoke, if Villa sack Lambert they’ll still get relegated. Well done to Southampton and Reading.

    Finally – sorry Dust.

    1. Indeed, keepers were on top today. Three out of eight matches ended 0-0 and 9 out of 16 sides failed to score.

      Not saying it was boring though. I thought the QPR-Spurs match was interesting. Julio Cesar has emerged as a real hero for QPR. If Rangers stay up, it will be down more to him than to Redknapp.

      Tomorrow will likely be quite different with Man United’s strike force and fragile back four on display–not to mention Arsenal’s knack for being involved in high-scoring affairs.

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