Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 3: Open Thread

A new weekend in the Premier League is upon us, and right before an international break, so savor every moment of this weekend’s coverage.

The coverage begins at 7am ET on NBC Sports Network with Manchester City against Hull City (kick-off at 7:45am ET) followed by Cardiff City versus Everton (at 10am ET on NBC Sports Network).

Plus there are several other matches on Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra. For the complete schedule, go to our TV guide.

Before, during or after today’s matches, post your thoughts, questions and observations in the comments section below.

77 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 3: Open Thread”

  1. Youd think with all our talented midfielders we wouldnt have to start 2 strikers. Another struggle to break down a parked bus is a scary prospect especially with Kolarov and Lescott back there and Joe Hart in goal.

  2. I actually fit a 7-mile run in before this marathon of footy on NBC. I’ve officially hit my stride….mid-season form.

    Saturday mornings were made for the BPL on NBC!

  3. Up at 6:45 to watch Lowe & Co., something I never used to do. Damn you, NBC!

    Maybe a little overly ad-packed, but I guess that’s the price we pay.

  4. I’ll take a 0-0 bore draw today at the Boleyn Ground. I thought the tippy-tippy crap on display for 45 minutes last week wasn’t worth the entry fee. Rolling it out from the keeper and passing it across the back 4 for 5 minutes isn’t entertainment.

    I expect an away defeat despite our electrifying away strip. A draw would be a nice surprise, whilst a win would be positively orgasmic.

      1. I do have that and I have my HD TV playing one game and I have three ipads set up for the other games. but in a couple of weeks I will be out of town for about three weeks and I will lose my TWC app as it does not work unless your home

    1. The twc app has been our only option, too. It works, but sadly twc app doesn’t support hdmi so we cannot connect phone/tablets to the telly. Watching via tab is better than nothing, but frustrating as we’re frequent hdmi streamers. Apparently Roku supports the app so may have to buy one of those.

        1. Thanks mate, will buy one. Luckily the extra time channels now show on twc tv via the pc so we connected the laptop and can stream that way-when we checked a few days ago the channels were app only.

    1. IAN
      you beat me to it A Reid has found the fountain of youth.i did not have a good feeling about going to the DW and still 80+ to play.the days of McLeast are a distant memory.COYR!

        1. I completely agree. I simply don’t understand NBC’s philosophy. Why force us to watch the Extra Time matches BEFORE we watch them on the main channel. It destroys the enjoyment. On the West Coast we have no choice but to watch recordings since every Sat starts in the middle of the night. Putting the scores in the top right corner serves no useful purpose other than forcing people not to watch the live event.

  5. For all those lovers of Roberto Martinez I hope you have been watching Everton, they look very poor and it is making Moyes look like a frigging magician having been able to do what he did with that team.

    Martinez with this Spanish pass until your legs fall off and then do squat in the final third is crap.

  6. GTFI Stoke! Fantastic 3 points away at West Ham, who hadn’t conceded yet this season. I listened to it on Talksport and ‘The Moose’ (a more rabid and biased hammer you’d struggle to find) was raving about Stoke’s play. What did you make of it Guy?

    Special mention for Smokey who’s Milwall were playing rugby at the Amex Arena against Brighton. They haven’t won all season and were 0-1 up, Brighton equalised with a try on the 89th minute and broke the Lions hearts.

  7. I’m going to disagree with my friend ICK. I far prefer to see this Stoke than last year’s version. Yes, it can be frustrating to see it take 10 passes to get the ball across midfield, but the end result is that we look far more intent about trying to score.

    Our numbers for Crosses, Corners and Shots are far better than before. Better finishing is certainly needed, but you have to start somewhere. Jones looked a horse today and Pennant has certainly earned more minutes. And, finally, our fans who travelled away must be thrilled to see us actually play to win a match. We were never even looking for the bus.

    Not that we’re going to scare the top clubs that much, but we look a far different team than last year. We can only get better as the players get more comfortable with the new system……..Sorry about the rant. 😉

    Go arrrrrrrrnnn STOKE! :-)

    1. I was much happier with the second half performance against Palace, the first (with all the rolling out and tapping it around was dross). I presume today saw more of the second half style that saw us succeed last week?

      Nzonzi MOM? A few on The Oatcake are bigging up Geoff Cameron today. He seems to be Hughes’ first choice RB.

      1. Yeah, Nzonzi looked much more involved (Did I see him make a bunch of forward passes today?) and Cameron has to be a lock at RB. Pieters’ crosses were crap, but at least he looks comfortable defensively.

  8. No Jozy Altidore for Sunderland. However, Steven Fletcher is available off the bench. Let’s see how this develops.

    1. The POTUS is throwing his weight around, trying to get the public to support him rather than Congress, which clearly does not wish to act.

      He won’t let anything get in his way… including real football.

      1. Live Extra on Web and mobile devices still have the game. They should have put something on the bottom of the screen telling viewers where to turn.

        1. It makes me love that service more. NBC didn’t do anything wrong, and almost everyone has the app. That’s where I continued my viewing

      1. Reminded me of the bad old days when a network put on the odd World Cup game and broke away for adverts, always returning with those terrible words:

        “while you were away”

        thanks for interrupting a great game NBC.

  9. Typical. I wonder if they would interrupt an NFL game for this. They could at least put it on NBCSN in the meantime. I’m sure the car auction show watchers won’t mind.

    1. No scroll on the bottom, no indication when or if the game will be back on. No putting the game on another channel.

      This is what is going to happen to network games here – as our weather gets bad in winter – so now we know.

      1. The dreaded weather alert. The Weather Channel and all its local copycats have managed to traumatize an entire nation. Snow in Minnesota? Wind on the North Carolina coast? OMG!! “This is a special alert from Weather Wizard 1! Regular programming has been suspended for the foreseeable future.” 😉

          1. Ana Ivanovic won her match, then Ian Eagle said they were going to CBS News and coverage was continuing on CBS Sports Network, which was already showing other matches.

    2. Actually NBC did interrupt a broadcast of Sunday Night Football last season to show President Obama making remarks following the tragic Sandy Hook shootings. In that example, NBCSN and CNBC aired SNF until NBC rejoined the coverage following the president’s remarks.

      Speaking about today’s case, NBC made the right call in showing the President’s press conference due to the important situation regarding Syria. Having all games available through the NBC Sports Live Extra app proves it’s worth in cases like this (if it was promoted correctly before the interruption). Although they should have at least had the game on CNBC (NBCSN had live car auction commitments) for those who wanted to watch the game on TV. It’s not like CNBC is airing anything important (non-stop block of infomercials).

    1. The car auction is actually live, but yes, I doubt NBC are paying as much for that as they are for the EPL, so they should switch it.

  10. Pretty monumental day for televised soccer in America when you have a two non marquee teams (CP and Sun) live on network TV (Boston).

    Gotta say I am ecstatic over NBC coverage.

  11. Sunderland making the same mistake they did under Bruce, sign 11 players and expect them to gel immediately. Add PDC to the mix and allow to simmer.

    Obviously having numerous vowels in his name and dressing sharply will only get PDC so far.

  12. Palace v Sunderland a great game to watch.

    Holloway and Di Canio great entertainment to watch.

    Not sure which I enjoyed the most.

    1. Martin Jol should give him a race. Good god they look horrible going forward. Like they have no plan or clue how to manage. I may end up watching more Norwich just to avoid the dross that is quickly becoming Fulham. Thank god Crystal Palace was fantastic because the rest of the day sucked.

  13. Interesting to find out the ratings for the NBC game today. Will say a lot about public interest since college football was in full swing today.

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