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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread

number 7 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread

Ladies and gents, get your English football fix this weekend because after Sunday, there’s two weeks of no Premier League soccer due to the international break.

For viewers in the United States, today’s TV schedule is as follows:

Man City vs Everton, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network, mun 2
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Network
Cardiff vs Newcastle, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Fulham vs Stoke, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Hull vs Aston Villa, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Sunderland vs Man United, 12:30pm, NBC Sports Network, mun 2
Match of the Day, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

Note: All matches shown on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and Premier League Extra Time will also be shown live on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Here are the starting line-ups today:


Sunderland: Westwood, Celustka, Colback, O’Shea, Roberge, Cattermole, Ki, Gardner, Johnson, Giaccherini, Altidore.

Man United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Vidic, Jones, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj, Nani, Rooney, van Persie.


Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Kompany (C), Lescott, Milner, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Negredo

Everton: Howard, Baines, Distin, Jagielka (c), Coleman, McCarthy, Osman, Naismith, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku.


Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Enrique, Gerrard, Sterling, Moses, Sturridge, Suarez

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Mariappa, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, O’Keefe, Puncheon, Kebe, Jerome, Chamakh


Cardiff: Marshall; Taylor, Caulker (C), Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Medel, Whittingham, Kim, Gunnarsson, Odemwingie; Campbell.

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko; Gouffran, Cissé, Remy.


Fulham: Stockdale; Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Amorebieta; Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Ruiz; Kasami; Berbatov

Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Pieters; Wilson, Nzonzi, Ireland; Walters, Arnautovic, Etherington.


Hull: McGregor, Rosenior, Figueroa, Faye, Davies, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Quinn, Aluko, Graham

Aston Villa: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Luna, Westwood, Delph, Kozak


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

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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44 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    I might be alone in this, but I don’t find ‘Football Four Eyes’ either interesting or humorous.

    I was half asleep this morning, so I’m not sure if they were part of the intro for Premier League Live this morning, or if it was the final seconds of the program that preceded Premier League Live.

    • Peter Quinn says:

      I didn’t see that. But Rebecca’s outfit is looking better than last week’s Victorian gear. And that was a good segment of “I WAS THERE”.

    • San Fransiscan says:

      It was part of the intro, Volume was really low so I didn’t listen to any of the humor as wife and daughter are sleeping.

      I might not be able to watch anything this morning, will set the DVR and go to sleep soon.

    • Len F says:

      It was part of Premier League Live as a bit of an intro.

      And I agree, not interesting or humorous, especially at 7 am waiting for the coffee to brew.

  2. Christopher Harris says:

    Wow! A frantic two minutes with goals going in at both ends.

    For Everton’s goal, I blame Joleon Lescott for poor defending. Joe Hart will be disappointed he didn’t stop that one, but the goal was not a result of poor goalkeeping.

  3. Peter Quinn says:

    I’m a United fan, but I like Kompany. I’m really feeling bad for the guy. He can’t catch a break with injuries. Smh.

  4. Christopher Harris says:

    I really enjoyed that first half. It had a bit of everything, and the game is well balanced for more goals in the second half. Manchester City still looks vulnerable but they have that killer edge too.

  5. rkujay says:

    Late in the half Everton are starting to look like Everton of the Moyes era. The inevitable begins to set in.

  6. Peter Quinn says:

    Kolarov is going to need stitches. That cut is right above his eye lid. It’s not going to close. Another loss to City’s defense.

  7. Mufc77 says:

    Nice dive by zabaleta.

    • Adam Heap says:

      It’s only a dive if he simulates contact. There was contact, albeit minimal, and he went down easy but Coleman didn’t need to reach out an arm and pull him off balance. Gave Zabaleta the excuse.

  8. De Selby says:

    Is it just me or is it bizarre that Suarez is carrying his newborn infant onto the pitch?

  9. Ivan says:

    Wow, Suarez bringing his newborn on the field…in case you thought you’ve seen everything in football…Suarez is truly a “special” player…that poor baby…

    And Holloway signing along to “You’ll Never Walk Alone”…haha.

    The Premier League can be a joy on Saturday morning!!!

  10. Guy says:

    Disgraceful by Pieters. Embarrassing.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      What did he do? I missed it.

      • Guy says:

        He got touched, and that was all, on the face and hit the ground like he had been pole axed. Should have been given a card.

      • Christopher Harris says:

        Not sure who is worse — Fulham or Stoke.

        I’m still not satisfied with the way Stoke are playing. They’d be better off playing their old system, which produced more chances than the new system that doesn’t fit their team/players.

  11. De Selby says:

    Palace is already toast. Let’s see how many Suarez and Sturridge will end up with.

  12. Christopher Harris says:

    I’m enjoying the Cardiff-Newcastle game. More of a two-sided game than Liverpool-Palace.

  13. Christopher Harris says:

    I don’t understand why Ian Holloway hasn’t been starting Dwight Gayle in every single match for Crystal Palace. He’s, by far, the best player on their team.

  14. Christopher Harris says:

    Question: If you were NBC and the Liverpool match ends a minute or two early, which other Premier League match would you switch to, to show the last couple of minutes?

    Hull vs Villa
    Fulham vs Stoke or
    Cardiff vs Newcastle.

    • Peter Quinn says:

      I don’t blame them going for Cardiff. I was watching Hull-Villa and it was a borefest. Both clubs were playing for the draw during the final minutes.

      • Christopher Harris says:

        Cardiff vs Newcastle was my favorite match of the day, so far. End to end action. And Marshall had another great day in the net for Cardiff despite the final score.

  15. Christopher Harris says:

    Jozy Altidore is up top all by himself again today. Another recipe for no goals no matter how hard he works. Would have liked to see him paired today with Connor Wickham.

    • Flyvanescence says:

      But what we are seeing is that, while it may make it easier on the center-forward to play with 2 CFs, its easier on the rest of the team to play with only 1. Other players need to join the attack, that is all.

      • Christopher Harris says:

        True, but to get the best out of Altidore (and to help him score), you’ve got to have two strikers up top.

        • Flyvanescence says:

          Hes been doing well in a front 3 for the USA. (There is usually another striker by trade in the 3 though–just deployed wide.)

          • Christopher Harris says:

            Yes, but that’s against CONCACAF opposition and in friendlies, which is not on the same par as Premier League defenses.

  16. Flyvanescence says:

    GOOOOOOOOOOOL de Sunderland.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Unlucky mistake by Vidic. But can Sunderland grab another one because I don’t see United going scoreless today?

  17. Adam Heap says:

    What a save from De Gea! Stunning hand to the ball there.

  18. United 7 says:

    It’s great to see Januzaj out there. He looks confident and strong on the ball. Looks comfortable moving in and out around the field.
    Poor defending has been the trademark of United this season and has once again left them wanting. Sunderland should have at least a three goal lead. Thanks to De Gea United are still in it.

  19. De Selby says:

    Sunderland could have had three by halftime but United could have had a couple, too.

    If i’m a Sunderland fan i’m extremely worried about what my team is about to face in the second half. Can’t quite see them hanging onto this lead but I guess stranger things have happened.

  20. Flyvanescence says:

    For what its worth, Everton have won every league game that Gareth Barry has played in.

    They are winless this season without him in their lineup.

  21. United 7 says:


  22. Ken says:

    Well after that performance against the worst team in the league I can’t see top 4 for ManU. Not a chance.

  23. jtm371 says:

    Seagulls 1 FOREST 3 YEAH!

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