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West Ham vs Man Utd, Fulham vs Chelsea & Man City vs Wigan: Open Thread

boleyn ground West Ham vs Man Utd, Fulham vs Chelsea & Man City vs Wigan: Open Thread

After yesterday’s nil-nil draw between Arsenal and Everton, we have three Premier League matches scheduled today to complete the mid-week fixtures.

At 2:45pm ET, West Ham United plays Manchester United at Upton Park. This will be a stern test for Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. While the Hammers should be safe enough to stay in the league this season, Big Sam will want his team to put in a good performance against a quality side in order to help his chances of getting a contract renewal. Manchester United, meanwhile, will be hoping to get all three points in order to take a big step closer to wrapping up the Premier League title.

At the same time, Manchester City plays at home against Wigan Athletic in a preview between the two teams who will be battling each other in the FA Cup final next month. Roberto Martinez has been quoted that this match today is bigger than the FA Cup final, and that if Wigan gets relegated, the season will be considered a disaster no matter what the Latics do in the final. Roberto Martinez’s team will want to get a point, for sure.

Last but not least is the west London derby between Fulham and Chelsea (3pm ET kick-off). With a win, Chelsea will move back into second place in the league, which will help take the pressure off the manager and players. A draw or defeat against Fulham will be disappointing to say the least since the Blues have Tottenham Hotspur hot on their heels.

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West Ham starting XI: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll, Vaz Te, O’Brien, Collins, Demel, Diame, O’Neil.

Manchester United starting XI: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Jones, Kagawa, Rooney, Van Persie.

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Fulham starting XI: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Ruiz, Enoh, Karagounis, Emanuelson, Berbatov, Petric.

Chelsea starting XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry (c), Bertrand; Ramires, Lampard; Moses, Mata, Hazard; Torres.

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Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Richards, Kolarov, Lescott, Kompany (C), Barry, Garcia, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez.

Wigan starting XI: Robles, Kone, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Di Santo, Maloney, Gomez, Boyce, Beausejour, Figueroa, Scharner.

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For TV and Internet times for all of these matches and for the remainder of the season, view our Premier League TV guide.

Join in the conversation with soccer fans around the world in the comments section below.

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8 Responses to West Ham vs Man Utd, Fulham vs Chelsea & Man City vs Wigan: Open Thread

  1. Marc L says:

    Boy that was just some hideously bad football by City. Why everybody doesn’t press high against them like this I just don’t know. They don’t ever seem comfortable dealing with that.

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Brilliant goal by Diame to make it 2-1 to West Ham United. What a curl on that shot!

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  3. laticsfan says:

    I wonder if City would consider letting Wigan win this match if City returned the favor in the FA Cup final :)

  4. Mufc77 says:

    Some calls go your way and that was one of them.

  5. Marc L says:

    Wigan so deserved 3 points out of that one. City’s “performance?” Talk about laying a giant egg. (Which, of course, the Wigan supporters probably would have felt compelled to chase after.)

    3 big points to stay ahead of the London clubs in the top 5. Or, rather, 3 of the 4 London clubs in the top 5. Knew I had to take a crack at that one the minute I started typing that sentence.

  6. kyle says:

    You gotta feel for Wigan. They were terrific and yet got nothing. Football can be cruel sometimes.

    Good win for Chelsea and they are now in pole position to finish 3rd. The race for 4th will be the interesting one.

  7. Why? says:

    I think you have gotta feel for West Ham the equaliser was well off side and the liner was looking right at it.

    City didn’t cope well with Wigan stretching the full Backs wide so they couldn’t get forward. Wigan played well they mostly do but they couldn’t score unlike city.

  8. Gary says:

    Once again Man United get a call go their way. West Ham really took it to them.

    Wigan have to feel disappointed in not getting at least a draw. Very few teams have been as good against City at the Etihad as Wigan.

    West Ham vs Wigan on Saturday is huge for Wigan. I hope they don’t get a letdown but play like they did today to have a chance of getting a good result.

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