Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 16: Open Thread

The pressure continues to mount on Premier League managers today as David Moyes, Chris Hughton and Andre Villas-Boas will be looking for their sides to win today to take pressure off their shoulders with mounting expectations.

With Arsenal’s defeat yesterday and the Premier League title race opening up, Manchester United have an opportunity to close the gap between them and the league leaders with a victory against Villa today.

Meanwhile, the match between Tottenham and Liverpool will have a big impact on which of these two teams are genuine title contenders. A victory for either side will do a lot of good to move them up the table and to boost confidence levels.

Last but not least, Norwich are just two points above West Brom in the league table, so Chris Hughton (despite picking up a couple of wins recently) will want to stay out of the relegation drop zone in order to ensure his job is safe in East Anglia.

Here’s the TV/Internet schedule for today’s Premier League matches for viewers in the US:

Aston Villa vs Manchester United, 8:30am, NBC Sports Network and Mun2
Norwich City vs Swansea City, 8:30am, Premier League Extra Time
Tottenham vs Liverpool, 11am, NBC Sports Network and Telemundo

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

Have a wonderful Sunday!

85 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 16: Open Thread”

  1. The greater the degree of difficulty the more likely Welbeck will score. Misses sitters but gets on the end of crosses.

      1. Swansea’s had terrible, dumb luck this season. I feel for the team and their fans. For a team that plays such positive, exciting soccer, it’s hard not to wish them success… but apparently the injury gods have other ideas.

  2. Really poor from Villa. They are losing 0:3 at home to a team that features a player eligible for social security benefits…

    And Welbeck w/ two goals? No wonder it got really cold here in Tampa this morning; there is a chance of snow in the afternoon. We may have to wait another 9-12 months before he scores again…

  3. Any reason Swansea are playing Vorm injured Gaffer? They’re saying on Talksport that he’s due an operation in January and that you’re after cover for him?

    1. Forgot to mention at the Chelsea match any time Ivanovic went near one of our players all you heard were shouts of ‘bite him’!

  4. my best of the weekend was seeing D Fletcher back on the pitch playing.A good guy struck with a illness in his see him fight back is great.hope he sees more of the pitch

  5. Saldodo has cost me big time in my fantasy team this year. I keep hoping he’s going to come good but he’s a first class donkey.

    1. Smokey
      back to your earlier post i think we both know where the stars would be placed on Rebecca’s dress.when they fill my Forest red urn with my ashes i promise there will be two STARS on the front.

      1. Apparently she supports Palace which is obviously a major turn off for me. I mean, the Nigel’s? Come on Rebecca, you can do better than that!

  6. It’s seventy minutes, your team is horribly misfiring and 2-0 down, two fast wingers now on the pitch and you’re not bringing on an additional striker AVB?

        1. Hardly erratic bringing on a second striker would infer we had one on the bench…we didn’t Defoe doesn’t count.

          Also, why go to a 4 man midfield when we were already losing that?

    1. She did a Suarez. Exactly what Suarez did to Evra. She smiled because it was meant to be funny. Brilliant! Nice to see kids having a laugh at the expense of players. Good to see Suarez not make a big deal of it, unlike Evra.

      Too bad the mascot’s humour didn’t help her team. Spurs were terrible.

    2. The little girl smiled when she moved her hand away from Suarez just like he did to Evra. That was a funny moment. Kudos to her for doing it.

    1. I guess you didn’t watch our matches after the Hull debacle. But this was the BEST match we’ve played in years, though it’s becoming more the norm than the exception.

  7. Suarez on fire! Imagine how many goals he’d have on the season if he hadn’t sat out the first month and a half. Fan or not, you have to respect that. Liverpool needs to figure out a way, any way, to make him stay… no matter the cost. I love it… fun game to watch, and it made yesterday’s 6-3 loss not seem so bad.

        1. 1. We were away, you were at home
          2. We don’t have 100 million to spend
          3. We still scored two more goals than you.


          1. Don’t be bitter…its not your fault, your stuck with your team, its not my fault I grew up in wood green and support Spurs as a result, Im sure you are a once removed Bermondsey Boy that just loves your club… but it still doesn’t change that your club is soon for league 1.

    1. Last time I checked we were still above you lol.

      Sure a rotten result, Capoue out of position, Dawson is Just crap, as is naught on, but who else was AVB supposed to play. Jan,Kaboul, Vlad, Rose all injured.
      Suarez was too much for the makeshift defense, at 1-0 Sandro went off injured…the person that would replace him was at centre back, so holtby came on but is obv no Sandro in defense.

      for the first goal, Capoue and Dembele just watch Suarez run passed them, that is poor on their part. the second was on Dawson. But At 2-0 it wasn’t over.

      At half time the very poor Naughton was removed for Fryers, so that 2 subs used by the beginning of the 2nd half we started to get back into the game with possession, Andros was brought on to attack more with the new found possession then boom. Paulinho red card, no more substitutions and attacking players on the parl.

      So down to 10 men LFC just tore into us…. thats the reality…

      But we are still above UTD lol

      1. Some sort of dumb idea that 2 strikers means more attacking. Problem is u have fewer attacks with less in the midfield.

        1. two strikers are ok if yo have them, defoe doesn’t count, and why reduce our midfield so theta 2 ppl can get no service….it was all very poor

      2. How do you explain that Spurs midfield got overrun in the first half? What about zero shots on goal? Is it due to makeshift defense too? How much more Spurs needs to spend so AVB finally has decent players to use? 50M? 100M?

        1. Zero shots on goal? I remember only two, Chadli’s header from the free kick in the first half and a Soldado strike in the second.

          The midfield was overrun in the first half, losing possession cheaply to LFC.

          A lack of confidence in the CB pairing meant Lloris was extra zealous in his sweeper keeper role and the the midfield was overly cautious in going forward and creating any chances.

          I’d settle for a ready to go out of the box left back, the lack of a competent and fit LB has cost us as we play players out of position and have insane injuries.

          The exceptions I thought were Walker and Chadli who in the first half played well considering.

          there was a alarming lack of will to win the ball as I stated in my post earlier about Dembele and Capuoe just watching Suarez run to the ball… no hustle.

  8. I don’t know how to take the result. Does this mean that Liverpool is that good or just that Tottenham isn’t. Zero shots on target is absolutely dreadful!

    I guess we’ll need to see how Liverpool do against City and Chelsea.

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