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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

white hart lane Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

It’s been a while since we’ve had an opportunity to wake up to a classic Premier League encounter on a Saturday morning (for you North American readers), but today we have it — high-flying Tottenham Hotspur against the revitalized Newcastle United side. This match promises to be magical.

Following Spurs-Newcastle, there are six matches in store — all played at the same time (10am ET/3pm UK time). Take your pick from Southampton versus Manchester City, Swansea-QPR, Chelsea against Wigan, Sunderland against Arsenal, Stoke versus Reading and Norwich vs Fulham.

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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52 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

  1. Henry says:

    Good day to watch EPL action here in the NE where we’ve been battered with a snow blizzard that will only end later today. Can’t go anywhere so might a well stay in and watch soccer. Let’s hope the games are exciting.

    Spurs-Newcastle looks like the pick of the bunch today. Interested to see if Newcastle have turned their season aroundand if their French continent can continue their good play.

  2. Henry says:

    That should be French contingent.

  3. Dust says:

    Nice start by espn today… Nice feature on the movement by Holtby & Bale… Especially the recognition of holtbys movement for bales goal.

    C’mon !!!

  4. Guy says:

    Couldn’t ask for better than that , Dust! :-)

  5. Dust says:

    Great goal by bale

  6. Sacto Blues says:

    Nice Goal by Bale. It’s too bad Bale is gone to Madrid in the summer. Cisse should have scored there. Haha Holtby is another Sigurdson.

  7. Guy says:

    Sacre bleu!

  8. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Come on Dust, make sure your lot do us a favour today.

    It’s overcast in Stoke today, woke up to a dusting of snow but that soon melted, about 7-8c and not too windy.

    Desperate for 3 points today. Reading are resurgent though, I think our only hope is that they won the manager and player of the month yesterday. Hopefully that will curse them as it seems to do to plenty of others.

    Le Fondre’s performance proves there is lower league value which is simply ignored. That said earning player of the month is pretty impressive when you were only on the pitch for 85 minutes.

    Crouch will likely start up front, Jones didn’t get sold so will not get put back in the shop window until the end of the season.

    Expect Pulis to get some stick if we lose today.

    • Guy says:

      Reading’s recent away form has been horrible. Hoping we don’t choose today to make them look better.

      • IanCransonsKnees says:

        We are a registered charity for clubs in need of points or a pick me up though.

        • jtm371 says:

          what is the word in the Midlands about BD going back to Forest? I think this season is lost plus the side is a lot weaker and no more transfers.

          • IanCransonsKnees says:

            From what I can tell people seem happy. He’s an excellent manager at that level. Whether the owners let him manage is the issue. They have a touch of the Venky’s around them for me.

  9. M Owen says:

    I think Hugo loris might just switch sides to Newcastle in the second half ;)

  10. Henry says:

    Spurs-Newcastle is a good game. Newcastle have matched Spurs opening start. Hoping for more of the same in the second half. Either side can win this one.

  11. jtm371 says:

    no comment on the unprofessional attitude of Ade. what a joke your ANC side is out and you do not get back to train when your side is in need of strikers. he should have 48 hrs to get back once your side is knocked out after that fine them a weeks wages for everyday missed. i know i am dreaming it will never happen.

  12. jtm371 says:

    Speed kills nice goal for Bale.sorry Dust i think he will be playing in Spain next year to much money for Spurs to turn down.somewhere between 50/60 mil.

    • Dust says:

      He’s not going anywhere in the summer, Levy will want 60m its not going to happen, he is staying for another 2.

      Great performance today, Lennon really played well, we should have been 3 up before 30 mins, Holtby continuing to impress, AVB’s faith in all the players is really showin.

      Not great defensive performance by certain players but I have to say Dawson has really risen to the challenge set by AVB. I still think Kaboul starts over him with jan when fit, but today I was impressed, AVB has really coached him well and rewarded him.

      Ade also had a positive effect when he came on drawing extra coverage giving bale the space to run into.

      3 wins on the bounce!


      • jtm371 says:

        not sure i would be praising Ade not getting back to train when your side is in need of strikers. good win need chelski to lose more pressure on the fat waiter.

  13. Dust says:

    C’mon Wigan! C’mon Sunderland! Danny Rose for the winner v Farcenal

    C’mon Southampton ! Only 5 points from

  14. Sammy says:

    Go on Wigan! Get a win! And Michu just scored once again, fantastic!

  15. Guy says:

    I hate not being able to root for the minnows today, but I’m none too comfortable with Stoke’s form, so come on Chelsea, City and, yes, *gulp*, Arsenal. :-/

  16. BA14 says:

    Somehow Arsenal have not let a goal in.

  17. Guy says:

    Wonders never cease. First Stoke win since Boxing Day. :-) Whew!

  18. Dust says:

    Useless Wigan I hope they get relegated.. Only good thing about the result is CFC will stick with Benitez which means they should drop more points coming.

    Sunderland are an embarrassment… Southampton get the win and keep man city under pressure with us only 5 points behind.

  19. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Turgid first half. Much better when Jerome and Jones came on, look for Jerome’s goal.

    Pulis has no excuse to start Crouch again, I just hope we can offload him. Nzonzi deserved his MOM.

    Federici made some excellent saves for Reading today, he seems a little flakey but he’d make a decent number 2 for a bigger team.

    Ferguson was there today, wonder who he was watching?

    France V Wales 6 Nations on the box now. You got a match on BBC America Guy? Love this time of year, fantastic sport.

  20. Matt says:

    Somebody needs to find Joe Hart, because I cannot believe that howler came from him.

  21. IanCransonsKnees says:

    How bad is the pitch at Stade Francais Guy?!

  22. Frill Artist says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Where are the sh!tty fans?

  23. Mufc77 says:

    i missed the first half, how did joe hart screw up for the second goal?

    • Frill Artist says:

      Lambert shot straight at him but Hart fumbled the save and it went right between his legs. The ball danced around in front of goal and Davis knocked it in with an outstretched leg.

  24. Mufc77 says:

    Where the fell is city’s midfield?

  25. Guy says:

    So, is this one of those fixed matches we’ve been hearing about? ;-)

    City look pathetic, but full credit to the Saints.

  26. Smokey Bacon says:

    Nice to see the mercenaries going down in flames. Taxi for Mancini.

  27. Guy says:

    This is why we keep watching. You just never know.

    Everton’s away form has been pretty good, so United will need to play well tomorrow to take advantage of City’s sleepwalk today and put one big nail in their coffin.

  28. Mufc77 says:

    This means nothing unless we do the business tomorrow against Everton.

  29. Todd says:

    I would have to agree with the FOX Soccer guys. This loss could mean the end of Mancini at City. I have long been thinking that this will be his last year at City. They haven’t played all that well all season long and today was something of a microcosm for their year. Sloppy and tired and not really looking like they want to be there.

    • Mufc77 says:

      Is it a coincidence that the pre season they don’t spend huge amounts of money on top players because of FFP rules they appear to have taken a step back.

      The financial advantage they have enjoyed the last couple of season is coming to a end in terms just spending silly money, sure they still have the resources to spend but now they have to play within the new rules just like everyone else.

      With super Mario leaving them and Judas Tevez not wanting to sign a new contract because he wants to end his career in Argentina its doesn’t look good long term. You only had to look at the city bench today to see they aren’t as strong as last season.

      If spurs can take that next step and be more consistent they could easily be our biggest challengers next season.

  30. Dust says:

    Man Utd will win tomorrow, city will continue to crumble as the Mancini situation takes its toll, the win against Wigan today just papered over the cracks at CFC & face man city away next week, it has a draw written all over it.. Farcenal loose Jenkins for 3 games & Wilshire went off injured.

    I hope we can take advantage of this at west ham next week!

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