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Cardiff City vs Manchester City and Tottenham vs Swansea: Open Thread

England Wales Cardiff City vs Manchester City and Tottenham vs Swansea: Open Thread

Today’s two Premier League matches feature battles between teams from England and Wales. Not that either club features a ton of English and Welsh players on their team, but don’t tell the football supporters who are going to the match that!

In the English corner, we have Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur going up against, respectively, Cardiff City and Swansea City. In both games, it should be a walk in the park for the English clubs, but I would never underestimate the Welsh. Cardiff are set to give a Premier League debut for Danish striker Andreas Cornelius, so it’ll be revealing to see if the Dane can give Cardiff an X-factor.

For Swansea, who will be confident after a 5-1 first leg victory in the Europa League on Thursday night, the hope is that the Swans will decide to play their attacking style of football in this one rather than the defensive tactics they employed when they played Tottenham at White Hart Lane last season, and lost.

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

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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61 Responses to Cardiff City vs Manchester City and Tottenham vs Swansea: Open Thread

  1. jtm371 says:

    i am liking me some hot PINK on the pre match show!WOW

    Forest hangs on for a point at Watford still top on GD.

    predictions Spurs and the Red Dragons in a upset.

  2. Mufc77 says:

    Im Not liking that Swansea away kit.

  3. Frill Artist says:

    Does anyone know how to get Premier League Extra Time on Comcast/Xfinity? I want to watch the Cardiff vs MC match.

  4. Mufc77 says:

    Love how both these teams always try and play football on the ground.

  5. jtm371 says:

    what a save from Vorm point blank blast.

  6. Mufc77 says:

    I wish the ref would change his dam shirt at half time I keep on thinking he’s a Swansea player.

  7. jtm371 says:

    Spurs hard done should have been a penalty.Shelvey is a red card waiting to happen.Swans lucky to be even at halftime.

    • Mufc77 says:

      Missed call by the ref and linesman. My question now is will the ref see a replay of that at halftime and see his mistake and then give Spurs a makeup call in the second half or are the refs forbidden from seeing replays during the match.

      • jtm371 says:

        i would hope they would not look at replays at halftime make up calls are not the answer.i am sure Dust would disagree.

        • Mufc77 says:

          It’s something I’ve always wondered. We know with all the replays its easy enough for a manager to see the incident again. If a ref see he’s made a blatant mistake like that I think its only human nature for him to give the benefit of the doubt to Spurs in the second half with any controversial calls that could go either way.

  8. zach says:

    Watching halftime show and noticed Robbie Earle hasn’t been in studio all weekend. Has he been replaced by Martino or is he on vacation during the 2nd week of the EPL?

  9. Mufc77 says:

    Is that Chaz & Dave I can here playing at halftime at WHL?

  10. Christopher Harris says:

    It’s time for Swansea to make some substitutions in midfield. We keep on losing possession. Leon Britton needs to come on for Jose Canas. Wilfried Bony needs to come on for Jonjo Shelvey. Come on Laudrup!

  11. Christopher Harris says:

    Soft penalty for Tottenham. Horrible sportsmanship by Andros Townsend. Diver.

  12. Velocity_grl says:

    So the penalty for diving is…a penalty kick?

  13. Christopher Harris says:

    Swansea look a lot better without Shelvey in there. Even though Tottenham have been far the better team, it’s still only 1-0 to Spurs. Swansea could knick an equalizer.

  14. Guy says:

    jtm psychic… the moment. ;-)

  15. Christopher Harris says:

    Seems so weird to see Cardiff playing at home in red, but the vast majority of supporters in the crowd are wearing blue, and celebrating Cardiff’s second goal to take the lead (against a team playing in blue).

  16. Pete Q says:

    Perhaps the NBC executives kicking themselves a little for switching the matches? Cardiff up with 10 mins to go.

  17. Guy says:

    Gotta love those Bluebirds, huh, Gaffer? ;-)

  18. Frill Artist says:

    3-1. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  19. Christopher Harris says:

    Wow! Another goal for Frazier Campbell for Cardiff. Poor marking by Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta on the second and third goals by Cardiff today.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Negredo just pulled one back to make it 3-2 to Cardiff. Should be a great ending.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Great decision by NBC Sports to switch to Cardiff-Man City after end of Spurs game.

      • Eplnfl says:

        Brilliant move. Historic for viewers. A plus to NBC.

      • Pete Q says:

        Took the words out of my mouth, Gaffer.

        I was watching both matches. I was hoping NBC would switch right over after the final whistle of Tottenham-Swansea.

        It seems like a no-brainer decision. But most networks don’t do that.

        Great job, NBC!!!!!

      • De Selby says:

        the problem was that watching on live extra on the computer was about two minutes behind the tv, so manchester city’s second goal had already happened and we found out about it before we saw it on live extra.

        • Pete Q says:

          Yea. I have a small issue with that.

          Had the same issue you did. I was trying not to look, but I saw the score go up before it happened online.

          I’m still ecstatic that NBC switched over to the match at the end.

          • Christopher Harris says:

            For me, my NBC Sports Live Extra game was ahead of TV, so I knew that Manchester City were going to grab a second goal before it happened on TV.

      • Rob says:

        And they kept the coverage going in the stadium after the final whistle to let us see the atmosphere, nice job. Fox would have either been in a commercial or in the studio with Warren Barton and Keith Costigan ruining the occasion.

  20. Frill Artist says:

    Nervous times for the boys in red. EEK!

  21. Frill Artist says:

    Lol. “Pinch me. I’m dreaming.”

  22. Christopher Harris says:

    Congratulations to Cardiff City on a fantastic victory today. But it was a bit odd to see owner Vincent Tan walking out on to the pitch and taking away a lot of the applause that Malky Mackay deserved.

    Hats off to NBC for staying with the commentators and footage from the stadium. In previous years, I used to hate how FOX would always break in to the commentary as soon as the final whistle was blown. NBC stayed with the commentators and really captured the atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium. Love it.

  23. Al Jean says:

    BPL just the best, you wont see a promoted team beat Barca or Madrid like this, they nearly humiliate them.

  24. Christopher Harris says:

    Lovely to hear John Motson commentary on Premier League Goal Zone today. Nice treat.

  25. jtm371 says:

    i am glad Cardiff won but it is tempered by mr tan hogging the spotlight.if they never win again that would be fine so i would never have to see mr tan see jerry jones jerry jones see mr tan.

  26. Dust says:

    That was quite a performance by spurs today, score line unfortunately did not reflect the absolute dominance today of our midfield, it looked like men v boys out there.

    Starting to gel, yes the pen was a makeup call for the atrocious decision earlier. Our hustle was great as was our ball retention,.

    Capoue is very impressive and should now be referred to as Kapowww!

    Only real poor quality came from Dawson….shock horror… But kaboom or this new lad chirles will take care of that situation.

    With lamela arrival if not poached lol will add that missing spark and distribution to soldado, who’s movement along the line was superb.

    Expecting a 90m pound bid for Townsend from Madrid any day now…

    He has looked lively eh! Great to see him push on and given a fair crack by avb.

    6pts from two games. Now just the whining lot at the library next weekend. Expect a lot of cards as Wilshi*e, Cazorla, row icky, fall over from challenges by Kapow, Paulinho and Super jan….

    Bring it On!


  27. Leo says:

    Great results all around but can we get NBC to stop showing live scores? I thought they were not going to show them.

  28. Scrumper says:

    Spurs must sort out the supply to Soldado and his positioning. He’s being starved of the ball. They completely dominated midfield yet it broke down frequently as they approached the box. The game should have been out of sight by half time and Soldado should have had at least 3-4 decent chances. To be honest I noticed Defoe more in his ten minutes than Soldado’s eighty.

    Right now he’s the most expensive penalty taker in the league.

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