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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

number 11 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

Whisper it quietly, but today’s the last Saturday of Premier League football for two weeks due to the international break, so enjoy it while you can.

Chelsea have the opportunity to close the gap with Arsenal to two points with a win against West Bromwich Albion today. Liverpool are currently tied on points with Chelsea but have a -1 goal difference compared to Mourinho’s team, so the Reds could leapfrog Chelsea even if the Blues win if Liverpool can stuff a dire Fulham side.

Here are today’s Premier League fixtures with TV times for viewers in the U.S.:

Saturday, November 9:

Chelsea vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Network
Aston Villa vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Crystal Palace vs Everton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Liverpool vs Fulham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Southampton vs Hull, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs West Ham, 12:30pm, NBC
Match of the Day, 11pm, NBC Sports Network

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation with soccer fans around the world regarding the games being played in the comments section below.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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27 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

  1. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Quite possibly the best day in the English footballing calendar, Round 1 of the FA Cup.

    Our local rivals play Shortwood United, the lowest ranked team in the competition, live on BTSport on Monday night. Here’s hoping for a ‘giant’ killing.

    I need the Swans to have a Europa League hangover tomorrow. I might have a punt on Swansea to win 2-0 though going on past results, any return would soften the blow of dropping into the bottom 3.

    As for today I’ve gone for Lukaku and Sturridge both to score at any time and their respective teams to win. Odds are a little over evens.

    • Len F says:

      I watched a preview show on the FA Cup and they mentioned Daventry Town as lowest tier team. Perhaps I misheard. I did enjoy watching the Wimbledon-Coventry match yesterday especially with Martin Tyler calling it by himself.

      • IanCransonsKnees says:

        I might have that wrong then Len, I’m going off what my boss (a Vale fan) told me to be honest. Coventry vs Daventry in round 2 would be a rare local derby.

  2. Andre says:

    The third Liverpool goal was absolutely beautiful football. Every touch in the build-up was perfect.

  3. Balboa77 says:

    Did I miss something with all the whistling going on at the Palace/Everton match? Everytime Everton touches the ball, some one whistles.

  4. Len F says:

    Another 11 mistakes by Jose?

  5. Marc L says:

    Andre Marriner is a flat-out joke and disgrace. Always has been – I don’t care if the FA(rce) rates him highly.

    Hey Marriner, nobody pays money to watch you out there.

    So Chelsea clearly wins the League this year to my mind. Having been gifted two points by Joe Hart and one by Marriner here.

  6. Frill Artist says:

    Wow. West Brom got hard done today. Ref completely got that penalty call wrong.

  7. Marc L says:

    I could be wrong here, but I think Marriner was the one a few years ago that started going all drama queen on awarding pennos in extra time and set off a big spat between Wenger and Dalglish.

  8. CTBlues says:

    Chelsea was playing like they had lead shoes on and the match was decided by the ref.

    • Marc L says:

      Why was Mata not starting? Not trolling you guys here, I just can’t imagine why you wouldn’t start him at every opportunity. Even with all that talent.

      • CTBlues says:

        I ask that question whenever he doesn’t start which is most of the time now. The only thing I can think is Jose thinks the doesn’t fight enough when Chelsea loses the ball.

      • Guy says:

        Not a Blues fan, but the disappearance of Mata is most puzzling. I don’t care what Jose “thinks”. Does he not pay attention to the way things go when Mata is on the pitch?

  9. Christopher Harris says:

    Great goal by Leroy Fer to win it for Norwich at the end. It ended up being a better game than I imagined!

  10. Canadian Bacon says:

    Good move by MLS and NBC putting a game right after a BPL game on the network.

  11. Guy says:

    The Problem With Success

    My pet peeve right now. NBC is doing a great job, but with their success they can and do sell more ad time. To the point:

    Norwich v West Ham match ends…
    15 sec Lowe voiceover to ad break
    3 min. Ads
    1 min. Lowe voiceover a PL matches scores screen
    3 min. Ads
    27 sec. Lowe in-studio sign-off mentions Chelsea match penalty controversy and she’s………Gone!

    This is becoming “normalcy” and IMHO is only going to get worse. NBC has to make up the money they paid for the rights. There is only one way to do that….sell more ad time.

    It won’t be this year or, maybe even next, but sooner or later NBC or someone else is going to break from an injury time or substitution or post goal to run a quick ad, just like they do with the NFL.

    Folks will be outraged……and time will move on.

    You are welcome,


    • Guy says:

      I would love to hear from the “thumbs down” people. Do you think it won’t happen or do you just hate the thought?

  12. Martin says:

    So Mourinho made 11 mistakes last week and Chelsea lost to Newcastle. At least this week he was smart enough to pick the right referee. Shocking decision by Mariner.

    If it wasn’t for this week’s dubious decision and Harte’s awful mistake Chelsea would be a mid-table team. The way they are playing that’s where they belong.

  13. jtm371 says:

    hope i am not the only west coaster to take in the triple header live.that is a challenge.DVR viewing does not count.i almost forgot FOREST WON!

    • Guy says:

      You are one tough old bird! :-D

      Go Trees!

      • jtm371 says:

        just when i want to throw in the towel Forest beats L City after getting killed by Yeovil Town and a draw at home to Bournemouth.first win over L City in the last seven.

        your right if was a deer all i’m good for is jerky.have a few miles on the hoof.

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