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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 34: Open Thread

number 34 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 34: Open Thread

With no early or late kick-off, today’s Premier League matches take on an unusual twist by having seven matches all played at once. It’s a good day for multi-tasking, but a bad time for trying to savor every minute of the best matches.

The biggest match of the day is arguably Queens Park Rangers against Stoke City in a relegation battle at Loftus Road. This one could either be a barnstormer or one of the most boring matches of the year. Let’s hope it won’t be a nil-nil draw.

Elsewhere in London, Fulham plays Arsenal where the Gunners have a chance to further extend their lead over Tottenham Hotspur. Across town, West Ham United are at home against Wigan. Roberto Martinez’s side will want to get a win to begin their ascent up the table.

Speaking of a side fearful of relegation, Newcastle United play away at West Bromwich Albion. Norwich, too, aren’t safe for another season, so they’ll want to give a good showing against Reading. If the Canaries fail to get all three points here, expect the pressure to mount on manager Chris Hughton.

In the last two matches of the day, Sunderland will want to continue their fine form against Newcastle with a win, or at least a draw, against Everton at the Stadium of Light. And last but not least, Swansea will be hoping for their first win since March 2 when they play Southampton at the Liberty Stadium.

To find out which matches will be shown on what TV stations and Internet channels, view our Premier League TV and Internet guide.

Join the conversation with football supporters from around the world in the comments section below.

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14 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 34: Open Thread

  1. john r says:

    foxsoccer2go has nothing but a blue screen for the newcastle/wba game and a goal was missed. it may be a problem with a feed somewhere, but it makes me all the more happy that fox will not have the EPL next season.

  2. john r says:

    as soon as i posted, the issue got resolved.

  3. The Gaffer says:

    Steve Sidwell is a liability. I fail to see the logic in playing him. I’ve never been a big fan of his.

    The Gaffer

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Swansea are destined not to score. The last few weeks I’ve been frustrated by their performances. They’ve been playing well except when they have chances near goal. The final ball has been weak. Or, if the final ball is decent, Michu – especially – hasn’t been clinical enough in front of goal.

    While I love him as a player, I think it’s time for Nathan Dyer to sit on the bench for a few weeks next season. Hopefully Laudrup will bring someone more reliable in for him over the summer.

    The Gaffer

  5. The Gaffer says:

    No way should that have been a red card for Olivier Giroud. Poor decision by the ref. He went for, and got, the ball.

    The Gaffer

  6. RBP says:

    Everton played absolutely gash, didn’t deserve anything from that match, and certainly don’t deserve going to Europe. What an embarrassment.

    • The Gaffer says:

      It was a pretty poor overall. QPR didn’t show up. Swansea can’t score. Fulham killed off the game when Steve Sidwell got red carded in the first 12 minutes. And so on.

      Were there any decent highlights that I missed today?

      The Gaffer

  7. Frank says:

    Overall today’s games were of average quality and none of the games except maybe West Brom against Newcastle were interesting.

    Sunderland played OK but were made to look good by an Everton side that looked tired and short of ideas. Surprised at Everton’s display given the importance of getting 3 points to stayalive n the race for a European spot.

    Arsenal got the 3 points but were not very impressive. I wonder if Jol will play Sidwell again after another red card. Still, Arsenal are now in pole position to grab 4th spot. Tomorrow is a must-win for Spurs to keep their top 4 chances alive.

    Big win for Stoke which means they will be safe.

    Wigan are in real trouble and their remaining fixtures aren’t easy. Aston Villa and Wigan will fight it out for the 3rd team to be relegated.

  8. Trevor says:

    Unfortunately days like today are why so many folks choose to follow the “glamour” clubs. Was looking forward to seeing the have-nots have their day in the sun, but today’s games were poor.

    • trickybrkn says:

      Ohh I don’t know about that…I was listening to theBBC 94.9 radio broadcast in my car as I drove from Cleveland to NYC in the hail and rain and snow… West ham go up and are controlling the match, then Wigan go after it. Granted I got the result I was looking for, but was still a very entertaining match even if you are a neutral. You just have to get past the star names. The play and desire is there, sometimes even more so.

      • Guy says:

        As a Stoke fan I was behind Big Sam and the Hammers all the way today! That was certainly an exciting match for me! “Boring” or “poor” depends on your orientation. :-)

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      Way to justify glory hunting I suppose. Fair dos when you have no familial or geographic ties but beware coming across smug and superior as a result.

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