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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

number 9 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

Kick off your Saturday with some early morning Premier League action with one or more of the six EPL games that are scheduled today.

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

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network
Manchester United vs Stoke, 10am, NBC Sports Network
Aston Villa vs Everton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Liverpool vs West Brom, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Southampton vs Fulham, 12:30pm, NBC Sports Network
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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37 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

  1. Marc L says:

    Barnsley hosting the Wednesday on BeIn Play for you true nutters out there who want 6:15 ET warm-up.

  2. Marc L says:

    What, 5-5-0 for Palace here? Perhaps Chamakh is technically up front I guess.

    Potentially nerve-wracking match to watch if you support the “big” team working at a parked bus.

  3. Peter Quinn says:

    After 30 minutes, possession is 76%-24% in favor of Arsenal.


  4. Smokey Bacon says:

    It’s football versus anti-football. Pride of South London? Embarrassing.

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      See you’re playing at a rugby stadium today, quite appropriate.

      One Steve Lomas, there’s only one Steve Lomas!

  5. Todd Shenk says:

    This game looked like it was always going to be changed by a mistake.

  6. gargoyle says:

    Wow Arteta sent off for no reason.

  7. Brad says:

    I really hate the last man rule.

  8. Marc L says:

    That was a pretty watchable match – all things considered.

    Pretty good lineup the rest of the day. Much as I hate to admit, I will have to brush up on my appreciation of diving and injury faking here in about an hour or so. Too much talent on the field down there in Catalunya to pass up.

  9. jtm371 says:

    What is the inside story on B Shea not getting any playing time.Any chance Forest will get S Long on loan from WBA.

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      A lot of Stoke fans would like Longbat this point in time. We can’t stick with what we’ve got + Agudelo. WBA could have done with him last week.

      Shea needs a run of games at a competitive level, can’t see Hughes risking him in the first team. Don’t be surprised if he goes to Barnsley. Gary Mellor seems to have a lot of US links and has been involved in loans between the two teams before; Butland,Shotton, Dickinson.

      Shea to Orlando isn’t such a far out scenario if he bombs out either.

      Oh for a Rcardo Fuller. You got any of that ilk over there who fancy life in a rough northern city (think Baltimore without the white oversized t shirts and the crack problem).

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Shea played last week for Stoke’s u-21 side and got red carded.

  10. Guy says:

    What? A Stoke goal??

  11. jtm371 says:

    i think Evans kicked it off Crouch.i thought i heard a roar from N Carolina.

  12. jtm371 says:

    Crouch the tallest player on the pitch scores while on his bum.

  13. Guy says:

    Oh, for a finisher!

  14. Guy says:

    Right now Nani is our twelfth man. :-)

  15. Guy says:

    Ahh, poop!

  16. Guy says:

    Love that Austrian!!

  17. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Just been out avoiding the first half. They must be absolutely sh!t.

  18. IanCransonsKnees says:

    RIght I’m off to find something to distract me for 50 minutes. If I’m not back I’m sulking.i

  19. Marc L says:

    Damn you Mark Hughes! Stop teasing me like this!

    Everybody knows Van Pervy will bury one (if not two) more at some point in time in the next 20 minutes.

  20. Balboa77 says:

    Its that time again, Lee Mason is seeing yellow…

  21. Marc L says:

    As I expected, albeit with different perpetrators. Oh well. No surprises there.

    Rags are like the villain in a horror movie. He may be down with 15 bullets in him, but you just know he’ll be back up and after the non-evil people with a meat cleaver before it is truly over. I hate to say I kind of respect that.

  22. IanCransonsKnees says:

    No surprise there, I still put it down to them being sh!t and predict that we will not score 2 goals in a match before Christmas.

    • Guy says:

      Out played and out scored today, but I’m still hopeful. For the season their passes, shots, corners and crosses are all up from last year. However, goals win matches and they really don’t have a finisher. Can Marko play striker?

      Stoke are definitely a team in transition. The question is whether or not they can improve enough between now and May to avoid the drop predicted by so many.

  23. Martin J. says:

    Good wins for Arsenal and Liverpool to set up a terrific matchup next Saturday. Liverpool’s defense isn’t the best but having Sturridge and Suarez on fire makes it a moot point. They are both 1 and 2 as scoring leaders. Fantastic hatrick by Suarez. Gutsy win by 10-man Arsenal. Should be a good game next week.

    Southampton are playing the best football right now and getting the results as well. Once again Pochettino is proving what a terrific manager he is. Fulahm looked dire.

    Everton are slowly moving up the table without much fanfare. Martinez is doing wonders there in a very short time and with Lukaku leading the line they have a shot at one of the Europa League spots.

    United won but they were not that convincing and will need to up their game if they are to defend their title successfully. Still hey did get the 3 points and Moyes must be the most relieved manager in the league.

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