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!

33 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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

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

      1. Yea, I finally turned it off and switched to Chelsea-Cardiff…wait until you see how Chelsea got their first….gadzooks.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

    1. 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

      1. 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.

      2. 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.

    2. 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”

      1. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  11. 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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