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WBA-Tottenham and Manchester City-Liverpool, Gameweek 25: Open Thread

hawthorns etihad WBA Tottenham and Manchester City Liverpool, Gameweek 25: Open Thread

Will today finally be the day when Liverpool gets to beat a top club in the Premier League, preventing Manchester City from narrowing the 10 point lead that Manchester United have on them? Or will City narrow the gap to 7 points or, judging by Liverpool’s form against top clubs where draws are the likely result, is 9 points the likely lead that United will have after today? We shall see today in the game that FOX Soccer is promoting as the game before the game.

In the earlier kickoff today, West Bromwich Albion hosts Tottenham Hotspur. We shall see if West Brom will be suffering any hangovers after the Peter Odemwingie story has occupied their news the past week. The Nigerian striker won’t be playing today, but he’s still the talking point. For Tottenham, meanwhile, they have a brilliant chance to narrow the gap behind fourth place Chelsea to just one point after the Blues lost yesterday in the incredible match at St. James’ Park. Or the Baggies could move back into seventh with a win today.

There are several interesting storylines today. Let’s hope the matches live up to the excitement that we saw yesterday.

WBA starting XI: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Dorrans, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt; Long, Lukaku.

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe

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

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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29 Responses to WBA-Tottenham and Manchester City-Liverpool, Gameweek 25: Open Thread

  1. IanCransonsKnees says:

    I’d like to see Lukaku score just to see how he’d celebrate in frot of AVB. He hates him.

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Pretty good first half so far. I’m just surprised that no one has scored yet. Several close-cut chances.

    The Gaffer

  3. Matt says:

    I wonder who has more “man-love” for another person; Rob Stone with Dempsey or Martin Tyler with Joe Hart…both very disturbing

  4. Mufc77 says:

    How many times is this idiot Rob stone going to tell us Clint Dempsey is American, its almost to the point where its becoming embarrassing in a annoying kind of way.

    • BA14 says:

      blah, blah, blah.

    • Matt says:

      Agree with you 100%, as I said in a response above he has some sort of “man love” for him equal to Martin Tyler’s for Joe Hart in the Fox Soccer CL coverage. I understand he is a US fan but he doesn’t have to cheerlead either

  5. Mufc77 says:

    Good call by the ref. I hope he gets fined 2 weeks wages by his club as well.

  6. Sacto Blues says:

    Popov deserved the Red Card however if he kicked Walker in the face and broke his nose that isn’t a Red Card nor if Popov grabbed Walker’s neck meh perhaps a yellow. Gotta love the spirit of Clattenberg with FA officials.

  7. Dust says:

    Great win, Defoe will be out for a few weeks, II hope Togo loose tonight and we get back Ade.

    Bale sensational, Holtby an incredible bargain, already showing his class. Vertonghan, Lennon, also very good!

    Dempsey was horrid, we absolutely dominated before the sending off anyways.

    You can’t spit … Simple… West brom fans giving walker greif will look at the evenings highlights and feel pretty stupid.

  8. Dust says:

    I can’t stand Liverpool… Really..I just can’t stand them, but I want Man City to be pulled into the pack…. If they were 12 points ahead I would want them to smash Liverpool, but its only 7 points difference between MCFC & THFC..

    If MCFC think they can catch MUFC who are 10 away…no reason we can’t catch MCFC.

    I just can’t come to terms with wanting an LFC win…. Aaahhh what to do? Who to root for?

  9. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Who’s going to play up front Dust?

    • Dust says:

      Ade, Harry Kane or obika, it depends who trains well and then performs in the game.

      Initially I would say Dempsey for the first 45 then harry kane against NUFC if Ade is still in afcon.

  10. PMM says:

    I believe he just said (after the Liverpool equalizer “If you expect Liverpool to just kick it out, you are more stupid than you look.”

  11. Marc L says:

    Well just a wonderful half of play by City. Wonderful if they fancy spending the next 3 1/2 months paying primary attention to Chavski or Spurs results and worrying about holding on to 2nd.

    Had to be 60% scouser possession advantage there. Playing this at Anfailed? Could have fooled me to say otherwise.

  12. The Gaffer says:

    Captivating match so far between Manchester City and Liverpool. The fate of this one hangs in the balance!

    The Gaffer

  13. jtm371 says:

    IMHO this is the best Pool has looked all season.

  14. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Sorry about this, just in case Guy looks in. Cracking game of Rugby this afternoon, Italy beat France!

  15. jtm371 says:

    WOW pure class nicely done.BRAVO!

  16. Adam says:

    That right there is class. What a goal!

  17. Guy says:

    Dumb by Reina, but why didn’t Carra cover the net?

  18. Guy says:

    Liverpool probably don’t have anyone better, but didn’t Reina have a howler last week, too?

  19. Marc L says:

    Loads of respect to Liverpool. They deserved to win this match easily.

    Txiki, get your shopping list ready.

  20. Dust says:

    LFC 9 points behind Spurs, MCFC 8 points ahead of Spurs, but 9 points behind united, i think the race is over, pressure will start to crack city i think as rumors of manicini future start to swirl.

    It’s not impossible for Spurs to catch man city.


  21. Henry says:

    The title race is over and United can begin to concentrate on the Champions League and FA Cup. City just haven’t played well enough this season and that’s why they are so far behind United with only 13 matches left.

    Liverpool are their own worst enemy with all the mistakes that have cost them valuable points this season. I cannot see them getting 4th now. Should have won in midweek against Arsenal and won today too. They still have the Europa League but I don’t see them winning it. They have a very suspicious defense.

    • Charles says:

      As we saw with an 8-point lead and fewer remaining games (with no CL pressures) the last thing Manchester United can do is take their foot off of the gas.

      They can expect a tough one at Old Trafford next weekend and we can easily have “game on” come this time next week.

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