Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

arsenal stats 600x600 Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

After yesterday’s shocking results with Manchester United and Chelsea losing, while Crystal Palace won, the stage is set for today’s two matches — both of which will have consequences on the top and bottom of the table.

After Palace’s win yesterday versus Cardiff, Tony Pulis’s side leapfrogged Fulham. The Cottagers are now second from bottom, so they’ll be desperate for all three points in their match against Aston Villa at Craven Cottage.

Today’s matches on US TV are:

Fulham vs Aston Villa, 8:30am, NBC Sports Network
Arsenal vs Everton, 11am, NBC Sports Network

In the second match of the day, it’s a battle between first place versus fifth place. A win for Everton would move them into joint second position in the table. A win for Arsenal, meanwhile, would move them seven points clear at the top of the table.

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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29 Responses to Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 15: Open Thread

  1. goisles01 says:

    didnt think that was a penalty. Kačaniklić caused the contact. Villa got shafted.

  2. jtm371 says:

    Go Everton beat the Gunners keep the good mojo rolling!

  3. IanCransonsKnees says:

    http://arsenaladdict.com/arsenaladdict-home/2013/12/6/wenger-has-much-in-common-with-mandela-ahead-of-everton-clash

    Just in time for kick off today. Next in the series, Aaron Ramsey compared to JesusChrist.

    Absolute weaponry of the highest order.

  4. Todd Shenk says:

    I see Tim Howard did as he said he would during his Men In Blazers interview this week and shaved the beard. He’s had it so long that he looks quite different now.

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      Hopefully he can now string two sentences together next time he is in the booth with Arlo.

      • jtm371 says:

        i just wish arlo would shut the hell up way to much talking from him.

        like i said before Howard is a keeper not a color commentator.no pun intended.

  5. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Arsenal v Spurs the biggest 3rd round tie, drawn by Teddy and Charlie Sheringham.

  6. jtm371 says:

    Millwall away to Southend and Forest at home to West Ham.

  7. Smokey Bacon says:

    Arsenal game starting to warm up. Terrific lay off by Giroud just now. Howard keeping Everton in it.

  8. gargoyle says:

    Walcott please Arsene.

  9. Marc L says:

    Really good play by Coleman and McCarthy in general so far.

    So with Howard ragg as the refereee, disadvantaging Everton as the most likely UCL slot competitor for his club might be the order of the day

    Memo to Cazorla – get your diving boots on!

  10. Smokey Bacon says:

    Nice shot of Rebecca, even if it was to peddle a BS movie. Come on NBC, you are better than this. Stick to the football.

    • Len F says:

      You know it’s actually a terrific sign that a blockbuster movie chooses to pay NBC for extended promotion during Premier League programming.

  11. Mufc77 says:

    Another weekend of results that proves the league is far from over. The next 2-3 weeks are going to be very interesting especially for united. With The top 4 all facing each other at various times points are going to be dropped. This is going to be the last chance saloon for United to get back points on the top 4 teams. If we can’t win every league game between now and when we play spurs then we don’t deserve to be in the top 4.

  12. James says:

    Very impressed with Everton. Martinez is a very good manager and has got them playing his way in a very short time. Don’t remember Arsenal ever being out-passed at the Emirates. Only Everton’s finishing is not yet up to speed but the future looks very bright at Goodison.

    • Dust says:

      When was the last time Farsenal were out passed at the scumerates?

      I’m not sure…

      However, when Spurs played them on Sept 1st this season (check Squawka), Spurs 495 passes 54% possession to Farsenal 384 passes & 46% possession.

      Obv the most painful stat was that they won 1-0.

      They switched to a 541 the last 20+ mins as the siege on their goal continued…to no avail..but non the less, They were dominated at home by Spurs.

      If you haven’t checked out Squawka you should, data is from Opta, it’s free & you can use it for live stats during games.

      It’s a very well designed app with great stats, another eg from that damn game was the accuracy of passes 85% Spurs & 75% Farsenal.

      Anyway…the FA cup tie will be a great!

    • Flyvanescence says:

      Actually Swansea did it last season and also the previous i believe.

  13. hoosiergunner says:

    Good, fun game… especially after some of the cobwebs of the first half got knocked away. I can’t help but think how sick that last Giroud shot would have been with about four inches of drop (That would have been the stuff of legend). No complaints though, and it was good to see Walcott on the pitch again… maybe we’ll see Podolski next week? I have not heard an update.

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