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!

52 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread”

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

    C’mon !!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

        1. Ian
          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.

          1. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

      1. i think the season is a loss just hope for next year to pick up a few players and challenge for promotion. thank God McLeast is gone!

  7. 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.

    1. 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!


      1. Dust
        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.

  8. 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. :-/

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    1. 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.

        1. This is too funny. Yesterday, Macini was saying that he hopes Man U beat Madrid because it will stretch us out in the Premier League.

    1. From what Ive seen of the second half Southampton look great, they are winning everything in midfield and all the second balls. City look like they don’t care.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    1. 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.

  13. 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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