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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

number 33 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

With no early match today, all five Premier League games kick off at 10am ET/3pm BST featuring some interesting matchups between clubs near the top versus clubs near the bottom.

For viewers in the United States, all of the matches are televised live on television and/or the Internet. View our TV and Internet guide to find out who’ll be showing which games.

Arsenal play Norwich at the Emirates, while Reading are home against Liverpool. Aston Villa will be fancying their chances against Fulham at Villa Park, which will push them further up the league table.

If QPR has any hope of staying up this season, they’ll need to do the business against Everton at Goodison Park, which is a tall order. Lastly, Southampton have an opportunity to leapfrog into tenth place today if they can beat West Ham United (and if Fulham fails to beat Villa).

Join in the conversations with fellow soccer fans from around the world before, during or after today’s matches in the comments section below.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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24 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

  1. Jonathan says:

    Come on you Gunners!

  2. Sammy says:

    I don’t think QPR have anymore hope of staying up this season, neither do Reading. It’s the fight to avoid the final relegation spot that will be the most exciting for now.

    Anyway, go Gunners! I’ll also be supporting Reading just this once as I don’t like Liverpool.

  3. lamemodem says:

    Anyone watching the Arsenal game of Fox Soccer on FiOS? Am I seeing things or did the video cut over to a feed of BeIN sports around the 28th minutes?

    • Fred says:

      Fox messed up and cut to beIN Sports. There was a goal in that match unlike none for the Arsenal-Norwich game nor in any of the other 4 games played today.

  4. Sammy says:

    Close chance there for Gervinho, but he was too far away…

  5. Fred says:

    No goals at halftime in any of the 4 games this morning. Not the best soccer on show either. Reading and QPR are showing why they are at the bottom but Liverpool and Everton haven’t played well either and haven’t taken advantage yet.

  6. Fred says:

    Sorry, I missed the Everton goal by Gibson (40th minute). The only goal in the 5 games on display today.

  7. The Gaffer says:

    The penalty decision awarded to Arsenal was a correct one, in my opinion. The Norwich City footballer pulled Olivier Giroud down by his shirt.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  8. San Franciscan says:

    Gaffer any reason why Stoke and United’s match tommorow is not shown on delay on foxsoccer2go?

    • The Gaffer says:

      It’s probably an oversight on their schedule page at http://www.foxsoccer2go.com/upcoming

      It should be shown on delay later in the day. I’ll check with FOX Soccer to get confirmation.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • San Franciscan says:

        Thanks.

        • The Gaffer says:

          FOX Soccer has confirmed that Stoke-Man United will be on later that day on demand via FOX Soccer 2Go (as well as live on FOX Soccer).

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

          • San Franciscan says:

            The thing is, they replied this to me earlier today:

            “We can confirm that Stoke City Vs. Manchester United will not be shown On-Demand on our site due to rights restriction.

            However it could be shown on FoxSoccer TV.”

            Funny.

            • The Gaffer says:

              Hmm! Interesting. The person I communicated with is in charge of the relationship behind-the-scenes between Perform and FOX Soccer 2Go. The person you communicated with is probably a customer service rep.

              Cheers,
              The Gaffer

  9. Sammy says:

    I’m happy that Arsenal have won.

    But I also feel sorry for Norwich.

  10. brn442 says:

    Amen Gaffer. I was disappointed to hear the commentators say “that [shirt pulling in the area] happens all the time and “it’s technically” a foul – hence it shouldn’t be called? Or – that the linesman, aka – the referee’s assistant was “30 yards away” – supposedly too far to make a decisive call? What nonsense.

    Although – I wonder if Arsenal would have gotten that call, away at Old Trafford.

  11. Sammy says:

    Was one of Arsenal’s goals offside? If so, how?

  12. Matt says:

    If Suarez has any brains he would leave Liverpool for a CL club

  13. brn442 says:

    Look away from the screen before I tell you that QPR lost the match we are about show you – Brilliant!!!

  14. Fred says:

    Arsenal were gifted their penalty and then they went on to win. If they had not scored from the penalty I don’t think they would have got even a point the way the game was going. The penalty decision changed the game entirely.

    Everton showed today why they are the best team in Liverpool. They have been very consistent and deserve to be in the mix for a top 4. Big, big game for them midweek at Arsenal.

    Liverpool once again showed why they haven’t progressed under Rodgers. Reading’s goalkeeper had a great day but Liverpool’s shots were mostly at him or he knew exactly where it was going to go early. Same reasons why Liverpool couldn’t score last season. At least under Daglish they did get to 2 cup finals and won 1. Under Rodgers nothing.

    Aston Villa got a good draw against a Fulham side that can mix it with the best especially when Berbatov is in the mood. I’m sure Villa would have liked all 3 points but this draw given other results wasn’t too bad.

    West Ham get another draw away from home. Progress given their terrible away record. Southampton will be disappointed with the draw and should have got all 3 points.

    • Aaron says:

      Right. Because nearly 30 chances for Liverpool and lack of clinical finishing clearly comes down to the manager. Add to that the fact that McCarthy probably had the best keeper match of the season in the league and BR should obviously be sacked.

      • David says:

        This lack of clinical finishing is not something that is a one off. It has happened in other games. A good manager would work on their finishing.

        Ever wonder why all those great saves goalkeepers make is always against Liverpool? Do you think it may have something to do with the types of shots Liverpool take?

        I also don’t see any progress made by Liverpool over last season.

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