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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread

west ham united Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread

Wahay! The Premier League is back after two weeks of the international break, and there’s plenty of intriguing matches in store for us today.

Starting line-ups:

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Rat, Tomkins, Reid, Noble, Morrison, Diame, Vaz Te, Downing, Nolan

Subs: Adrian, Jarvis, Taylor, O’Brien, J.Cole, C.Cole, Petric

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Nastasic, Garcia, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure (c), Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Negredo

Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Dzeko, Jovetic

If you live in the United States, here’s the TV/Internet schedule:

Newcastle vs Liverpool, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network
Man United vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Network
Arsenal vs Norwich, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Chelsea vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Everton vs Hull, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Stoke vs West Brom, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Swansea vs Sunderland, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
West Ham vs Man City, 12:30pm, NBC
Match of the Day, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

Before, during and after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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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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33 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread

  1. Peter Quinn says:

    Two of the best supported clubs in England. Looking forward to this.

  2. bostonirish8 says:

    morning all,

    Looking forward Liverpool v Newcastle , should see some goals for sure. So happy to be back watching AM weekend football, i cant stand all these international breaks. enjoy the games, cheers

  3. De Selby says:

    Luis Suarez is an odious little cheater and is not at all reformed judging by his “performance” on international duty.

    Somebody needs to stop him. I’m hoping that he is stopped today. By Tiote. Forcefully.

  4. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Gloomy but dull in Stoke today, a good chance of rain this afternoon.

    It sounded like we were stitched up by Roger East for the second season running against Fulham. Against Norwich we were awful and didn’t deserve anything.

    I can’t tell you what I think the result will be today because it depends which Stoke team turns up. Tipping and tapping is not for me I’m afraid and I’m finding that when we’re poor it’s awfully boring to watch. That said wen we’ve coupled it with the graft and guile that we had previously you can see what the management team are trying to do. So far I optimistically put it down to being a transitional season.

    Same old sh!t in the media over here, a piece yesterday in one of the national tabloids about Markova Arnoutovic started off with their description of him being red carded for Austria against Sweden. What they failed to mention is what a diving, cheating ba$tard Johan Elmander is. Anyone coming up against Elmander in the league ought to be aware of this as he made no apologies for his actions. On a par with Suarez was how I’d describe it.

    Besides that I’ve got a pair of tickets for the Southampton match in a couple of weeks if anyone wants them.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      I haven’t been impressed by the way Stoke has been playing at all this season. The passing has improved but they’re not creating enough quality chances by using this tactic. They’re more effective when they knock the ball into the box, and have one of their forwards knock the ball down to a Stoke colleague.

      If Stoke continues to play tiki-taka, they’ll be relegated this season.

  5. De Selby says:

    Mbiwa is not sustainable.

  6. bostonirish8 says:

    Tough Break for Newcastle, they have clearly been the better team in the first half and gave up a late penalty there and now playing with 10.

    Stevie G was never missing that one. As a Liverpool supporter its a great feeling anytime he steps up to take a free kick or pen. Guy is money

  7. Brad says:

    I’m hating this pronunciation of Cabaye.

  8. jtm371 says:

    the mighty ten take the lead great job you Magpies.go on and beat Pool.

  9. Christopher Harris says:

    Brilliant pass by Januzaj to Rooney for the first goal. Inch perfect. The deflection put the ball into RVP’s path for the goal.

  10. Christopher Harris says:

    Anyone else having buffering problems with NBC Sports Live Extra today?

  11. bostonirish8 says:

    Good effort by Newcastle getting the draw with 10 men. Liverpool blew a good chance to grab 3 points and stay atop the table. After the Gunners win today they will be clear at the top.

    Great save by Krull on Saurez the end of stoppage time. I thought that ball had eyes for the net and Liverpool were going to steal the Win.

    Good game to watch wasnt it. cheers

  12. Christopher Harris says:

    Bad news for Jozy Altidore is that the starting Steven Fletcher today for Sunderland looks more dangerous and likely to score than what Altidore has done by himself up top this season.

    Hopefully Poyet can partner the two players together in the next few weeks.

  13. Len F says:

    What an incredible combination of touches that produced the Arsenal goal.

  14. Peter Quinn says:

    Wait until you see how Chelsea scored their first goal. Cardiff keeper is going to catch some serious shyt for his brain fart.

    • United7 says:

      Brain fart? That was just poor refereeing. Goalkeeper had “control” of the ball and the Chelsea player should not have been allowed to take it

      • CTBlues says:

        As soon as he dribbled the ball he didn’t have control of it. It wasn’t like he knocked it out of his hands. A smart keeper would have been hugging that ball until all the players were in front of him.

      • Glen M says:

        He wasn’t clearing the ball. He bounced it. I was always told if the keeper is preparing to pass, you can’t play it. But the Cardiff keeper was just playing with the ball.

      • Peter Quinn says:

        Who knows. I might be wrong but I thought the keeper was supposed to wait until he knew no one was around him.

    • United7 says:

      A direct quote from the FA’s laws of the game: “A goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball:
      • while the ball is between his hands or between his hand and any surface
      (e.g. ground, own body)
      • while holding the ball in his outstretched open hand
      • while in the act of bouncing it on the ground or tossing it into the air”

      • Peter Quinn says:

        Good job, United7. That clears that up for me. I was never a keeper. I just remember my coaches telling them to wait until no one was around before they dropped it or dribbled it.

        And I was never one of those guys who hung around the keeper trying to get a piece of his clearances.

  15. Christopher Harris says:

    NBC Sports Live Extra seems to be suffering under the heavy load of traffic. Lots of buffering this morning. NBC should have expected the ton of traffic with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all playing at the same time.

  16. Len F says:

    Ozil with a tremendous run without the ball and a beautiful header to finish just as Norwich were beginning to believe.

  17. Flyvanescence says:

    AndCity trot out a 4-4-2 again, with coupled with Javi Garcia in central defense, we’re screwed.

  18. Christopher Harris says:

    Nice touch by NBC to switch to Arsenal-Norwich and then Everton-Hull at the end of Man United-Southampton.

  19. rej4sl says:

    Is NBC going to stop this crap of showing the run up to the game on NBC Sports, and then switching over to NBC to watch the rest of it – but we have a Vikings show on at the minute so have to wait and wait to see the start.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Thanks for the heads-up. What Vikings show is on (it must be a local TV show)? And let me know in what minute the broadcast joins the game. It kicked off on NBC at 12:30pm ET for the rest of the country as scheduled.

    • Len F says:

      There are FCC regulations that mandate that a certain amount of children’s educational television be broadcast on over the air networks on a weekly basis. They are very strict regulations that include televising the content at a reasonable time, consistent scheduling and the type of content that qualifies as educational. While occasionally a show can be ore-empted, it can’t happen weekly.

      All that to say “no” NBC will continue to air children’s television right up to the half hour mark.

  20. Mike says:

    Liverpool could not beat 10-man Newcastle and prove how average they really are. Besides beating United they haven’t shown real quality to suggest they are a team to be reckoned with. I still think Ridgers is a very average manager that won’t get Liverpool to the top anytime soon.

    Very bad result for Manchester United at home. While Southampton are a much-improved team under Pochettino United should be beating them at home. I cannot see United winning the title even if it is early days yet.

    Chelsea are proving to be the team that’s will be in the hunt for the title. They will be hard to beat at home.

    Man City finally win away from home and it will do them a world of good for their confidence.

    Arsenal continue to impress and look like the team to beat for the title right now. I can see only injuries derailing them at this stage.

    Looks like City, Chelsea and Arsenal will fight it out for the title. The 4th spot is wide open.

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