Premier League Sunday Gameweek 17: Open Thread

Two matches are scheduled today in the Premier League, both of which have implications on the top of the table.

In the early kick-off, Southampton hosts Tottenham Hotspur. Under manager Tim Sherwood, Tottenham will be hoping to bounce back after the disappointing defeat mid-week against West Ham United in the League Cup. Three points and a convincing performance will be what Spurs supporters are hoping for, but Saints fans will feel that their club can make another statement today with a strong performance.

In the other match, high-flying Everton take on a Swansea side who are suffering from injuries (Michu, Nathan Dyer and Michel Vorm are out). As a Swansea supporter, I don’t feel confident about my team’s chances for this match at all. My prediction: Swansea 0-3 Everton.

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

Southampton vs Tottenham, 8:30am, NBC Sports Network
Swansea City vs Everton, 11am, NBC Sports Network

Starting line-ups:

Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams (c), Davies, Canas, Shelvey, de Guzman, Routledge, Hernandez, Bony.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Oviedo, Jagielka, Distin, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Pienaar, Barkley, Lukaku

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.

26 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday Gameweek 17: Open Thread”

  1. I hope Dust has good pet insurance for his cat, he must be on first name terms with his vet the amount of kickings he must be giving it lately.

  2. What a different Tottenham Hotspur this is from the one that played under AVB. They’re taking more risks, which is dangerous especially when Roberto Soldado keeps on missing all his chances.

  3. I’m disappoiinted with NBCSN’s pre-match coverage of Swansea-Everton. Everything was focused on Everton — a pre-match interview with Roberto Martinez, a shot of Ross Barkley’s new haircut, and all of the conversation was 100% focused on Everton. Not a word or interview re: Swansea.

  4. Good match so far between Swansea and Everton. A rare treat to see Wilfried Bony start a match. Hopefully he can get some good service in the box to show what he’s capable of.

    1. Good match? Are you serious? Not for the neutral. Tedious stuff so far. They say styles make fights and these two are too similar. Basically canceling each other out. It’s like watching a training session.

      1. Both teams are canceling each other out quite well (Ashley Williams, especially, is defending well). It’s a suspenseful chess match. Not every game can be a Luis Suarez goal fest :)

    1. He’s scored 10 goals so far this season. Yes, he’s firing blanks for Swansea in the league, but it’s too early to call him a waste of money. Strikers go through spells where they lack confidence.

  5. It is what it is. Swansea are doing a good job of defending against Everton, one of the best attacking sides in the Premier League side this season. And they’re trying to break through the Everton defense despite injuries to two key attacking players (Michu and Nathan Dyer).

    The teams play to gain points, not to entertain the TV viewers.

  6. Mad man Tan might not be all that mad after all. He’s learned that you can’t sack a manager until you’ve given him the dreaded vote of confidence first. Keep him dangling, not knowing when the axe will fall. A pure Bond villan.

  7. What a goal! I was joking earlier re the haircut. The lad is head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch. How can he be a outside bet for Brazil? He would be one of the first names on Roy’s sheet.

  8. Well Well Well…

    WBA & Stoke at the Lane (tough games) while the others play one another above us & inevitably drop points…how we are still only opts off top going into xmas with all the alleged issues we have is quite something…CFC haven’t been playing well and are still in the hunt as are Spurs….Farsenal and LFC are playing as well as they can and are only 5 & 6 pts ahead….

    when the others like CFC and Spurs foo play well and score goals (like today at Southampton) the long season will allow Spurs to climb the table…

    Unless levy sacks the players in a fit of rage.

    Soldado and Ade looked very good together today! Long may the 3pts roll in…just in time for LVG to take over on a part time basis…

    The next 10 days are gonna be great football days!

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