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.

63 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread”

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

    1. I don’t think anything important was said, but both managers knew that the cameras (and the world) would be watching them, so if they made the most of the embrace, then that would make Vincent Tan feel even more uneasier than he already does.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. He is tearing apart mid to low table clubs, it will be interesting to see his attitude towards the end of the year. He does have the tendency to claw and dive around that part of season…

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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

  8. 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?

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

  10. 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.


  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    1. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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! :-) .

  15. 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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