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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 16: Open Thread

number 16 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!

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85 Responses to Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 16: Open Thread

  1. Ken says:

    That is a shockingly poor United team.

    Lucky they’re playing Villa.

  2. jtm371 says:

    Rebecca in Forest red two thumbs up.Oh i forgot wrong League.

  3. Guy says:

    Strange to watch United and realize that even mediocre teams figure they are there for the taking.

  4. Smokey Bacon says:

    Both teams playing without a midfield.

  5. Smokey Bacon says:

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

  6. Guy says:

    Dyer done for today…and his replacement comes on in short sleeves…..and gloves.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Big blow for Swansea and Nathan Dyer. He could be out for the rest of the season with an injury like that.

      • hoosiergunner says:

        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.

  7. Guy says:

    Screamer by Hooper. If not for Williams Norwich would have two.

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    Benteke must be going to Chelsea in January. He’s playing like he’s already there :)

  9. Ivan says:

    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…

  10. Smokey Bacon says:

    Time to go fire up the snowblower.

  11. IanCransonsKnees says:

    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?

  12. Guy says:

    CAPTAIN Suarez today. Meals served free!

  13. scott says:

    Paulinho = rubbish

  14. Guy says:

    Nosferatu is pretty good.

  15. scrumper says:

    Pretty sick of the picture stuttering on NBC Sport Extra. Come on NBC!

  16. jtm371 says:

    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

  17. Mufc77 says:

    Lol AVB going to get the sack before Moyes.

  18. Guy says:

    Hugo not getting much help.

  19. Mufc77 says:

    Is it just me or is the TV camera angle in the spurs v Liverpool a little strange.

  20. jtm371 says:

    Spurs are reverting back to Spuds awful 1st half.

  21. Mufc77 says:

    Capoue is more like Ca$hit.

  22. Mufc77 says:

    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.

  23. Smokey Bacon says:

    Can’t wait to see how Dust spins this one?

    • jtm371 says:

      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.

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        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!

  24. scrumper says:

    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?

  25. Flyvanescence says:

    Did yall see the tottenham mascot kid snub Suarez on the prematch?

    • Aaron says:

      Somehow I don’t think Luis was all that fazed by it, judging solely on the result today.

    • James says:

      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.

    • Martin J. says:

      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.

  26. Guy says:

    Spurs still just 5 points from 4th, but zero shots on goal bodes nothing good for them.

  27. James says:

    Liverpool are for real. Spurs are not.

  28. IanCransonsKnees says:

    AVB will be after the WBA job after that performance. Can’t understand how Liverpool lose to Hull then do that.

    • Aaron says:

      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.

  29. Georgie says:

    Suarez scored 17 goals in 11 games while entire Spurs team scored 15 in 16.

  30. hoosiergunner says:

    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.

  31. Martin J. says:

    I’m sure AVB’s imminent sacking will be the talk for Monday. Who will Spurs go for?

  32. Georgie says:

    Well Steve Clark is available.

  33. dck says:

    Another solid spud performance. Care to comment dust? Enlighten us please.

  34. scrumper says:

    The look on Levy’s face said it all:

    “come back Arry all is forgiven”

  35. Brad says:

    May Spurs should look to get back Dempsey because they need some goals.

  36. Frill Artist says:

    You reckon Dust is still alive? Lmao.

    • Flyvanescence says:

      Send a party.

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      He’s probably composing some nonsense about how it was all Defoe’s fault.

      • dust says:

        How is the championship nowadays? what result did you get yesterday?

        • Smokey Bacon says:

          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.


          • dust says:

            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.

    • dust says:

      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

      • Flyvanescence says:

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

        • dust says:

          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

      • Georgie says:

        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?

        • dust says:

          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.

      • Frill Artist says:

        Yes, yes. Let the butthurt flow through you.

  37. Yespage says:

    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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