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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

number 36 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

Out of the seven Premier League matches today, six of them could have huge implications on the race for Europe and/or relegation. The only dead rubber is Fulham against Reading, where the fate of both clubs is already sealed.

Depending on your persuasions, the biggest matches of the day could either be the battle to avoid relegation (West Ham vs Newcastle, West Brom vs Wigan and Norwich vs Aston Villa) or the race to finish in the top four in order to qualify for the Champions League (Spurs vs Southampton, Swansea vs Manchester City, QPR vs Arsenal). There’s a lot on the line the majority of those clubs listed.

If you live in the United States, all of the matches will be shown live on television or the Internet. Visit our guide to see which matches will be shown where.

In starting XI news, Newcastle United are boosted by the return of Fabricio Coloccini and Hatem Ben Arfa. For Tottenham, Aaron Lennon and Tom Huddlestone return from injury to start alongside Mousa Dembele. Scott Parker is out through injury.

Join the conversations with football supporters from around the world before, during or after today’s matches.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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28 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

  1. trickybrkn says:

    I look over the Newcastle squad and just can’t understand how that much talent plays so poorly together… It so closely mirrors Pardew’s last season at WHU. Cisse and company sure love falling over and rolling on the floor…

  2. Philswin08 says:

    It’ll be nice to see a Spurs game live for a change and not on delay at midnight…

  3. Guy says:

    Well, BAE will be a tad slower today. Too much drag from the hair.

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      Cheers for the beer stuff Guy, just got in and it was on the doormat. Bank holiday over here so will have time to have a good study. my favourite local brewer have got bottles of Rogue IPA in the fridge I noticed the other day so will give that a go.

      Vancouver, Portland and Santa Barbara 2014, going to try and follow it up with Toronto, Montreal, Boston and NYC in 2016.

      I’ll email you the info I’ve got on 2015 rugby wc venues, 3 near me so just got to fight it out for tickets.

  4. Guy says:

    So, when did S’oton become one of the top defensive sides in the Prem??

  5. The Gaffer says:

    EPL match of the day so far today — West Brom vs Wigan. Turn it on now!

    The Gaffer

  6. Ivan says:

    Come on Wigan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PLEASE hold on to a lead this time!!!!!!!!!
    Great stuff at the Hawthorns!

  7. Sacto Blues says:

    i think Spurs were caught looking ahead of Southampton to Weds. I think Spurs will get lucky and still pull this out and get 3 points.

  8. The Gaffer says:

    Now it’s Norwich City who are staring into the face of relegation. Them and Newcastle and Sunderland are now in deep, deep trouble. Meanwhile Wigan are on the bounce.

    The Gaffer

  9. Matt says:

    My oh my what a great set of matches this morning. Flipping between Villa-Norwich and WBA-Wigan this morning was a treat!

  10. boston gunner says:

    Wynalda is appalling. That is all.

  11. Frank says:

    Spurs are finally playing and putting pressure on Southampton. Is it too late?

  12. Frank says:

    Bale again!Incredible!

  13. Guy says:

    You have got to be kidding!

  14. Matt says:

    BALE! WOW! Wednesday will be excellent if this result holds.

  15. CTBlues says:

    And Spuds and lucky last minute winner when they were out played all match. The Saints deserved at least a draw.

    • Sacto Blues says:

      That’s football for you a completely undeserving poxy club like Spurs relying on one man team Bale again but you have to play the full 90 minutes.

  16. CTBlues says:

    I can’t believe no one closed down Bale.

  17. brn442 says:

    Ardiles and is that Villa? Spurs’ 80′s glamour boys.

  18. Frank says:

    Southampton deserve a draw but very poor defending on Bale cost them. Now they are skirting into the relegation zone again. The relegation battle is drawing more teams into it. Great drama for the end of the season.

  19. Guy says:

    “I know! Let’s make Bale run left!”

  20. Philswin08 says:

    Crucial 3 pts for Spurs but their performance will not cut it in the run in to the top 4…terrible actually.

  21. Sammy says:

    Hope QPR lose tonight so that they’ll be bottom of the table! Wouldn’t that be great? And of course, it will also help in boosting my Gunners’ top three/four hopes. But Spurs had to win eventually, oh well…. you can say it’s good for the competition.

  22. Frank says:

    It now looks like Aston Villa might be safe. Who would have thought it. Suddenly Norwich and Newcastle are in the mix together with Sunderland and Southampton. Two big home games for Sunderland in their next 2, Stoke and Southampton. Norwich could be in real trouble as they have West Brom at home and then Man City away last.

    For me it will be one of Wigan, Norwich or Sunderland that go down.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Stoke and Southampton aren’t safe either. With Wigan and Villa winning, the net is now a lot wider to catch several teams who could be pulled into the fight.

      The Gaffer

      • Guy says:

        On that basis you have to add Fulham to the list.

        My former 37 points prediction is surely off, but GD is still looking to be the difference maker

  23. David says:

    There are 3 things in life that are a certainty: death, taxes and Wigan fighting relegation :-) .

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