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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread

number 17 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread

In Malky Mackay’s pre-match press interview, the Cardiff City manager didn’t deny that he received an e-mail giving him an ultimatum to either resign or be sacked. Nor did he deny that today might be his last match as manager of Cardiff. It’s just one of the many riveting storylines going into today’s Premier League matches.

Let’s hope today’s matches give NBC’s broadcast of Match Of The Day on free-to-air television plenty of action to feature.

Here’s today’s TV/Internet schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Liverpool vs Cardiff City, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network
Fulham vs Manchester City, 10am, NBCSN & mun2
Manchester United vs West Ham United, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Stoke vs Aston Villa, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Sunderland vs Norwich, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs Hull, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
NBC’s Match Of The Day, 1:30pm, NBC over-the-air network

If Liverpool win today, they’ll go top of the table at least for a couple of hours.

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 Saturday.

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63 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    Was that Malky Mackay’s last interview as a Cardiff City manager, as he abruptly walked out without answering the final question?

  2. Guy says:

    Nice to see the Bluebirds in blue. I’m sure Tan is enjoying it.

  3. Andre says:

    I wonder what BR said to MacKay in the pre-game handshake. They lingered longer than usual.

  4. IanCransonsKnees says:

    I read today that it had to be explained to Tan that Cardiff couldn’t play in red today because that’s Liverpool’s home colour, apparently he struggled to understand why he couldn’t demand that Liverpool or Manchester United play in their away strip to accomodate his lucky colour.

    Sam Hamman was a bit barking but this clown is starting to make the Venkys look professional. That said it couldn’t happen to a bigger bunch of delusional Muppets than Cardiff City.

  5. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Apparently after Mark Clattenberg called the teams off the pitch on Wednesday night during the hailstorm he got some stick off the Manchester United players, along the lines of “what’s up Mark, is your make up running”?

    His preening reputation precedes him in more ways than one.

  6. Guy says:

    Worth every cent.

  7. bostonirish8 says:

    He scored again didnt he, the boy indeed scores when he wants!

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    Inevitable. Sheer class it has to be said.

  9. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Guy, we come up against Suarez on the 12th January. Hopefully one of the big champions league teams comes in for him otherwise he’ll make a meal out of us.

  10. Guy says:

    “He has a tremendous appetite for the game.” Perhaps an unfortunate choice of words to describe Luis.

  11. Balboa77 says:

    Linesman are not as strict when Suarez has an opportunity to score

  12. Andre says:

    The pace of that counter was just too Mutch for Skrtel. Whaaaaattt???? yeah, I went there.

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      Feeling a bit sorry for Cardiff. They were in the game early on but are now getting destroyed by the best Liverpool team in years.

  13. Guy says:

    For cryin’ out loud. Unstoppable.

  14. Smokey Bacon says:

    I think it’s fair to say Luis Suarez is fully re-habilitated in the eyes of most fans.

  15. Christopher Harris says:

    Liverpool are putting on a good show for today’s Match Of The Day on NBC at 1.30pm. Cardiff are playing the part so far.

  16. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Liverpool top of the table at Christmas currently, BBC have possession stats as 74-26% in the bindippers favour.

  17. Casanova Franken says:

    I hope Suarez breaks records this year. It’s only fitting for a hated, unsportsmanlike – racist to have such a recognition.

  18. IanCransonsKnees says:

    He’s got to be nailed on for PFA POS and the football writers awards.

  19. bostonirish8 says:

    I know Suarez gets all the talk and rightly so with his current form but Jordan Henderson is becoming a real good player for Liverpool. He set up both of LS goals and has been solid all season. Kids looks like hes really coming into his own.

  20. Flyvanescence says:

    Cardiff to claw all the way back and equalize in 90′ only for suarez to score the winner at the death?

  21. De Selby says:

    How is Skrtel still on the pitch? And how has Probert not given a single penalty?

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Good job on Chris Waddle for calling him out.

      • Aaron says:

        Probert was nothing if not consistent, because that nonsense was happening on both ends of the pitch. Interesting how Skrtel was targeted when Cardiff’s CB’s were just as guilty during LFC’s set pieces, though I agree with Waddle that more needs to be done to stop that type of play.

        • goisles01 says:

          agreed. officials decide on what type of game to call before the start. The real crime would ve been if the ref let it go on one end and called it on the other. Officiating was not an issue today

      • kopite65 says:

        i would not expect anything less from a manc………

  22. Smokey Bacon says:

    It will be interesting to see what happens at the final whistle. Will Mackay disappear down the tunnel or will he go over to the fans?

  23. Christopher Harris says:

    Hats off to NBC Sports for staying with the Liverpool-Cardiff coverage to show Malky Mackay applauding the City supporters.

  24. Todd says:

    Classy show from the Cardiff supporters and Mackay.

  25. Smokey Bacon says:

    If West Brom have any sense they will be straight on the phone to Mackay after he gets the boot today.

  26. San Fransiscan says:

    Manchester United’s game has started but NBC live extra is still showing that coverage will start soon.

  27. Flyvanescence says:

    Pellegrini’s off his rocker again, starting both Dzeko and Negredo–who cant play together–up top while leaving in-form Milner and Navas on the bench.


  28. goisles01 says:

    Couple of observations…

    1) More fluidity to Liverpools attack from midfield ever since the inclusion of Joe Allen to the first team. If only he could finish.

    2) Sterling has shown an improved ability to be agilie with the ball on his foot and to beat defenders 1 on 1 showing more dimension to his game and not just be a player with pace. Finishing touch can still be too heavy at times.

    3) Liverpool has or will have played, for significant length, without Suarez, Coutinho, Johnson, Enrique, Sturridge,& Allen. The have still gotten results pretty consistently. If any of the big four showed that same form, with that much quality man time lost, we would comment on their depth quality. Can we say that about Liverpool now?

    4) Liverpool MUST fix their set piece marking if they want to get results on this next trip against the top sides.

  29. Andre says:

    Fulham actually look pretty good(at times) going forward, I am impressed.

    Dzeko is a pretty good striker but after waching Suarez this morning he looks like a blunt instrument with the ball at his feet.

    • Flyvanescence says:

      Of course they look good going forward. Wer playing with a 2-man midfield, a (poor) left back at right back, a left back who cant defend, and an old fart alongside Kompany in defense.

  30. Todd Shenk says:

    Wow, that was an amazing own goal from Kompany. Couldn’t do that again if he tried.

  31. Christopher Harris says:

    Manchester City’s defensive woes exposed again.

  32. Todd Shenk says:

    I would have to say that Mike Jones has had a spotty performance in the United match. He got the Januzaj dive yellow right as well as turning down the penalty shout. However, not giving a red for that studs up challenge on Hernandez as well as not giving the yellow earlier for the boot on de Gea’s clearance is poor.

  33. goisles01 says:

    Sunderland decided to play with 10 men again

  34. Jim says:

    Liverpool in first place and they could stay there till Christmas as long as Arsenal don’t win on Monday.

    Liverpool in first? The end is nigh! :-) .

  35. IanCransonsKnees says:

    One for the yanks on here, Geoff Cameron making his 50th start for Stoke today. Cracking cross from him for our second today.

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