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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

eden hazard chelsea Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

We have four Premier League matches scheduled today, as clubs try to wrap up their fixtures before the mid-week League Cup matches.

After the Tyne-Wear derby earlier today, the match that most fans and neutrals are looking forward to is Chelsea against Manchester City, two of the biggest spenders in the Premier League.

Starting line-ups:

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Hazard, Oscar, Schurrle; Torres

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic, Clichy, Garcia, Fernandinho, Nasri, Yaya Toure (C), Silva, Aguero




Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams (c), Taylor, Britton, de Guzman, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Vazquez.

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



Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen; Paulinho, Sandro; Townsend, Holtby, Lennon; Soldado

Hull City: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Bruce, Davies, McShane, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Meyler, Boyd, Sagbo



Read: Chelsea vs Manchester City preview.

Here are today’s Premier League matches:

Sunderland vs Newcastle, 9:30am, NBC Sports Network
Chelsea vs Man City, Noon, NBC Sports Network
Tottenham vs Hull, Noon, Premier League Extra Time
Swansea vs West Ham, Noon, Premier League Extra Time
Match of the Day 2, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

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

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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42 Responses to Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 9: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    Just what the doctor ordered. An early goal to set this up to be a classic derby.

    The combination of Fletcher-Altidore partnership up front is starting off well. Adds a different dynamism to Sunderland.

    • Peter Quinn says:

      Great action so far. NBC doing a great job in the build up again. Crowd noise has been spectacular.

      Should be more goals…and always expect a sending off. Haha.

  2. Glen M says:

    Newcastle need Coloccini and Taylor back badly. Fletcher and Altidore are bullying the centre backs.

  3. jtm371 says:

    only one yellow from run of play very mild Derby.will anybody put a boot into Cabeye for his foul on Fletcher?

  4. Guy says:

    Perhaps I am just imagining things, but it seems to me that during the studio show lately we get close-ups of Kyle, close-ups of the Robbies, but few, if any close-ups of Rebecca. I am outraged!

    Anyone have a good conspiracy theory?

  5. Peter Quinn says:

    Oh oh…could be Larsson time.

  6. Peter Quinn says:


  7. jtm371 says:

    nice strike well done much pressure is added to Pardew?

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    Bore draw coming up at the Bridge.

    • Flyvanescence says:

      City have Javi Garcia at CDM. It wont b goalless.

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        Chelsea have barely got out of their own half. They are supposed to be at home! So lacking in ambition. Is it time to call it for what it is? Benitez got much more out of these players than the overrated one.

  9. Smokey Bacon says:

    Howard sounds like he’s got a cold. It’s like Marge Simpson. Not easy on the ear so far.

  10. goatslookshifty says:

    Tim Howard sounds like he’s commentating a golf tournament.

  11. Mufc77 says:

    NBC made a mistake with Howard.

  12. Marc L says:

    Fernando Torres. WTF? Is on Cenegenics or something?

    Good work by the London Blues so far. Respect where do, but still a half to go!

    This Garcia in to help DInho/Toure does not seem to add more at the back than you lose by not having Negredo in up front.

  13. jtm371 says:

    Kun is on fire great nina should take a lesson on finishing.

  14. Smokey Bacon says:

    Mata can’t buy a game. Badly needs to get out of Chelsea. He’ll be gone in January.

    • Guy says:

      He’d get plenty of playing time at Stoke! :-)

    • Ken says:

      Shows the depth of Chelsea’s squad.
      Oscar has been excellent,if Hazard wasn’t playing people would be moaning about that.
      Schurrle just scored a hattrick for Germany and is playing well.
      Mata hasn’t been brilliant when he has played.

  15. Balboa77 says:

    Another PK for the Spuds! Hope that ref was paid well for that bullsh#t!

  16. goatslookshifty says:

    Listening to Tim Howard say some of the game’s fouls aren’t that severe seem abit ironic when goalkeepers whine every time they get nudged in the box.

  17. jtm371 says:

    what a crock of stuff now la nina lucks into a Vinnie bites City once again. F you chelski!

  18. Smokey Bacon says:

    Another ‘mare by Joe Hart. He has to be on borrowed time at City.

  19. Mufc77 says:

    That’s twice in a week hart has come off his line for a ball and got nowhere near it.

  20. Marc L says:

    WTF? Was that Jamie Pollock with the assist for Torres back there?

    Oh well, Chelsea deserved to win. They remain my pick for the league title, but it is early still.

  21. Smokey Bacon says:

    No handshake from Pellegrini. He must really hate Mourinho.

    Not sure why the cab drivers are giving it large. City dominated the game. A flukey win is a win but Chelsea still don’t look true contenders.

    Casillas will be City’s keeper in January.

    • Marc L says:

      Eh, I don’t think City dominated that match at all. As far as quality chances go, Chelsea clearly had a lot more.

      Eye of the beholder stuff, of course.

    • Ken says:

      Dominated? They had one shot. Chelsea scored 2 and hit the woodwork and the Torres miss. You’re not being honest.

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        Check the stats. Man city had more shots , more corners and more of the possession.

        • Marc L says:

          City packed the midfield and kept possession and had decent build-up play. But QUALITY chances? Not many, to my eyes.

          OTOH my fellow Citizens at Bluemoon generally agree with you. (“We dominated, got robbed, etc.”)

          But further OTOH, most of those people are so mental that I have to migrate to other locales from time to time to recapture a modicum of sanity.

        • Ken says:

          That about sums your knowledge up. I prefer to look at the game and be honest and not biased.
          Well said Marc L. Smokey is clearly bitter.

          • Smokey Bacon says:

            How is stating the facts either biased or not being honest? I’m certainly not bitter either. Everyone knows I’m not a City fan. Stop having a pop and let it go.

  22. Guy says:

    Don’t know why Hart was screaming after the goal unless it was at himself. If he just stays home that’s a simple defensive header back to the goalie.

  23. Smokey Bacon says:

    Endline. On frame. Shut up Martino!

    Rebecca smokin’ as usual though.

  24. Mike says:

    Martino is the reason why I don’t watch the pregame, halftime or post-game analysis. He talks for the sake of talking rather than offer incisive analysis.

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