Arsenal vs Newcastle, Spurs vs Sunderland, Chelsea vs Everton & 7 Other EPL Matches: Open Thread

premier league trophy Arsenal vs Newcastle, Spurs vs Sunderland, Chelsea vs Everton & 7 Other EPL Matches: Open Thread

It’s a day of goodbyes today on the final day of the 2012-13 Premier League season. Farewell to Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Wigan Athletic, Reading and Queens Park Rangers.

It’s also a goodbye to FOX Soccer, who’ll be televising their final Premier League games today on US television before they shut down in late July or early August. It’s also time to say goodbye to ESPN’s coverage of the Premier League. After today, we won’t be seeing Ian Darke and Steve McManaman commentating from any Premier League grounds anymore.

It could also be a goodbye to either Arsenal or Tottenham’s hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Arsenal plays Newcastle United at St James’ Park, while Spurs entertain Sunderland at White Hart Lane. Chelsea meanwhile will be hoping for at least a draw to guarantee third place.

With all 10 matches being played at the same time today (11am-1pm ET), all of the games will be shown live on US TV and Internet at the same time. Check out the schedule at http://www.epltalk.com/premier-league-tv-schedule for who will be showing what games.

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation with soccer fans from around the world in the comments section below.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


93 thoughts on “Arsenal vs Newcastle, Spurs vs Sunderland, Chelsea vs Everton & 7 Other EPL Matches: Open Thread”

  1. Newcastle – Arsenal is the game to watch. Arsenal know that Spurs are most likely to beat Sunderland so Arsenal have to win. Newcastle will try to derail Arsenal’s bid for Champions League participation and I can see a very tight game. Arsenal will go for it but I think Newcastle will get a draw in the end. Won’t be enough for Arsenal.

    Spurs should beat Sunderland easily and all eyes will be on Bale. Will this be his last game for Spurs? If they don’t make the Champions League I think he’ll leave. I expect Spurs to make it though.

    Chelsea-Everton will be a very open game and I can see a draw here with Chelsea tired and without Hazard and Ramires, Moses and Luiz all nursing injuries and not at 100%. I wouldn’t even rule out an Everton win.

    Expect some twists and turns during these games. Let’s hope it’s as memorable as last season.

  2. Lets savour #twenty this is last title we will be winning for a while now that we got Moyes for six years.

  3. Yet another example today of how amateurish FOX Soccer is. In the opening segment for ESPN and FOX Soccer, ESPN gives a classy goodbye with Ian Darke and Steve McManaman on the pitch at St James Park. “Let’s do it.”

    FOX Soccer opens up with a canned montage that talks about Wayne Rooney possibly playing his final game today for United. Except that he’s already ruled out from playing. And then FOX Soccer goes into their “Survival Sunday” chat when there is no relevance on survival today.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

      1. We get a professional announcer today. Gus Johnson will be back for the Champions League Final next Saturday along with Warren Barton.

        Cheers,
        The Gaffer

  4. All of a sudden my fox deportes has become a subscription based channel. Funny how it hasn’t been like that all season. Fox you really do suck!!!

  5. I can’t wait to lower my Dish Network bill by $15 a month when I cancel Fox Soccer Plus in a little more than a couple hours from now.

    1. I’d like that, but don’t see it. Arsenal have been clinical lately. No reason to think Newcastle can do anything about it.

    1. FOX must have had problems with the world feed for Spurs-Sunderland game because they’re using the Sky Sports feed instead today.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

    1. They must have changed their mind at the last minute. Liverpool vs QPR was always earmarked for FOXSoccer.com. But FOX announced they’d be showing Man City vs Norwich on FOXSoccer.com, but they’re showing WBA-United instead. City-Norwich is on FOXSoccer2Go now.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  6. Referee in Spurs game should have received a yellow card himself for getting the Gareth Bale penalty decision wrong.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    1. Absolutely. I think Bale’s rep hurt him there. Not sure if the yellow was for diving (which it wasn’t) or dissent.

    2. And now Tottenham should have gotten another penalty for a handball in the box. Things are not going Tottenham’s way so far today.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  7. I really won’t miss Fox Soccer’s incessant advertising taking up quarter of the screen. It’s the most obnoxious and intrusive coverage I’ve endured in a long time.

  8. Chelsea look tired and Everton have had the better possession and chances.

    Arsenal better get a goal quickly because the further this game goes with it tied the more anxious it will be for them.

    Spurs don’t look as sharp as they have been recently and that should be worrisome to the Spurs faithful. Let’s see what happens in the second half.

    All to play for in the second half in all 3 games.

  9. Spurs were done wrong by the Ref bad call on Bale.AFC not showing much Toon has been more forceful pressing the issue.45 mins for 38 mil who will get it done?

  10. Spurs robbed of a third penalty shout. If Tottenham doesn’t win this one, Andre Marriner is going to get a ton of abuse.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  11. There seems to be a force field around the Sunderland goal preventing the ball going into the net for Spurs.

    Meanwhile, Norwich is beating Manchester City 3-2. I like the look of Norwich’s new kit. Reminds me of Tampa Bay Rowdies.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  12. If the scores stay the same in the other games, Arsenal needs to score 2 goals in order to play in a third-place playoff with Chelsea.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  13. Newcastle don’t really have the desire Sunderland does… Although, Sunderland taking the ball to the corner flag was a bit early in the 77th min.

  14. Such a frustrating performance by Tottenham Hotspur today so far, and I’m not even a Spurs fan.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  15. I wonder if Bale’s one footed talent can really take him to the same level on a bigger, more competitive club in another league. Could be interesting.

  16. some the crowd are on the pitch, they think it’s over…. it is now.

    Lets all laugh at Tottenham. #lasagne is trending on Twitter.

  17. Congratulations to Arsenal for finishing in fourth place and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

      1. I meant it with all sincerity. Qualification for the UEFA Champions League is a worthy achievement

        Cheers,
        The Gaffer

  18. Well, those burying Wenger weeks ago need to get out the shovels. Spurs had it in their hands back then, but let it slip away when Arsenal put on the pressure.

    1. It’s a sweet feeling. At the sametime, the owner will feel we made the objectives. Had we finished 5th, I desperately wanted Kronke to sell. But let’s see what they do with this war chest that Wenger is ready to use.

      It’s also sweet that we did it without RVP. And it seems pretty well accepted he is the reason United won the league.

  19. Spurs hahahahahha mind the gap eh!!! where are u all now…hahahahaha
    oh by the way where’s the know it all Dust hahahahahaha

  20. Nice work by ESPN to include Steve Harper’s farewell to Newcastle United at the end of the match.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  21. Well done to all the Gooners your side showed huge heart to fight back and take 4th.the one drawback the celebration for 4th might tell you how far your away from league and other silverware.
    Spurs you had it and let it slip away i hope Bale won’t slip away he is a unique talent only one foot but somehow he always gets it done.
    Another great year at EPLTALK thanks for all the banter and all the great work by The Gaffer.

  22. Inspite of Arsenal’s wretched start, Wenger has still managed to take his rancid side past Spurs
    for 4th place.

    Who’s to blame this time: Bad lasagna? Redknapp? Spurs will have a hard time keeping Bale this time.

  23. Good to see a couple of pro Rafa Benitez banners but still a few “Rafa Out” banners together with the chanting of “Jose Mourinho” after the game wasn’t quite the sendoff Rafa deserved.

    Bale does it again and his stock has been rising steadily and I can see a big offer come in for him and Spurs will cash in. Man United might make that offer.

  24. I know its a minor technicality, but Arsenal haven’t yet made the group stage of the CL, they will have to qualify. I;m sure they will do it but too early to jump the gun ;)

    Good bye Fox Soccer, no more Rob Stone!

    1. During this 16 year run, they always made the knockout stages. So there will be a nervy qualification round early in the season, but they will qualify.

    1. I think they’re trying to plant the seed in the viewer’s mind to connect FOX Soccer with the World Cup. ESPN has the rights next year, but FOX has it beginning in 2018. Seems silly for them to talk about it today, I agree.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  25. In case you missed it in addition to Fergie, Carragher and Harper retiring, Michael Owen also retired. Too bad Liverpool fans consider him a Judas for joining Man United but a young Owen was some striker. He should have never gone to Real Madrid. His form dipped from that point onwards.

  26. As some had predicted Rafa Benitez did not join the Chelsea players and staff in the lap of honor at the end of the game. Shame really considering what he did for the club.

    1. Appalling, really….and an indication of a complete lack of class by a large part of the Chelsea fanbase. Blackens the eye of all of them, unfortunately.

  27. Well done, Gunners! More exciting in the end than it should have been. Hopefully we build on this into next year.

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