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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 19: Open Thread

number 191 600x600 Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 19: Open Thread

After yesterday’s six matches in the Premier League, we have four more in store today — including an intriguing match between Chelsea and Liverpool in a third against fourth battle at Stamford Bridge.

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

Newcastle United vs Arsenal, 8:30am, NBC Sports Network & mun2
Everton vs Southampton, 8:30am, Premier League Extra Time
Chelsea vs Liverpool, 11am, NBC Sports Network & Telemundo
Tottenham vs Stoke, 11am, Premier League Extra Time

Starting line-ups:

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; D Luiz, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Schurrle, Mata, Torres

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez

Subs: Jones, Toure, Alberto, Aspas, Cissokho, Rossiter, Smith


Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Chiriches, Fryers, Lennon, Paulinho, Dembele, Eriksen, Adebayor, Soldado

Subs: Friedel, Fredericks, Veljkovic, Capoue, Bentaleb, Chadli, Lamela

Stoke City: Sorensen, Pieters, Palacios, N’Zonzi, Shawcross, Walters, Cameron, Assaidi, Crouch, Wilkinson, Ireland

Subs: Butland, Muniesa, Pennant, Jones, Ness, Adam, Etherington


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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53 Responses to Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 19: Open Thread

  1. Guy says:

    This is not meant to be argumentative, but why are there never any black kids with the teams coming out of the tunnel? Or have I just missed them?

  2. Peter Quinn says:

    NBC Sports Live Extra(online) is showing Newcastle-Arsenal even though I’ve clicked on the Everton-Southampton link. I’ve tried it three times.

    • De Selby says:

      i have too. as an added bonus they now tell me i don’t get the service and make me enter my xfinity password every time. fantastic.

  3. De Selby says:

    trying to watch everton-southampton on live extra but clicking on the game just takes me to newcastle-arsenal. nice job, nbc. thanks.

  4. IanCransonsKnees says:

    30,000 sell out at Wolves v Leyton Orient today in League 1. Impressive and I’m not sure it would happen anywhere else in the footballing world. Come on you O’s.

  5. Dan Adu-Gyamfi says:

    The refs are missing a lot of critical calls

  6. UVM Fan says:

    I live in vermont. I want to see some black kids out of the tunnel. Preferably walking out with John Terry And Suarez today. No joke.

  7. Christopher Harris says:

    I still don’t like the tactical analysis contraption that NBC uses (like what they did at halftime for NUFC-Arsenal today). The tools that NBC are giving Earle and Martino aren’t good enough. The analysis is fine, but the tools are cumbersome.

    They’d be better off getting rid of the big screen and using something like what the BBC or Sky uses.

  8. Christopher Harris says:

    Massive goal for Arsenal there.

  9. Dan Adu-Gyamfi says:

    Solid goal by Giroud to end his seven game goalless streak

  10. Flyvanescence says:

    Always thought hed be Drogba 2.0 at Chelsea. Not sure if he’ll ever play for Chelsea though.

  11. Christopher Harris says:

    Good to see Arsene Wenger deciding to use some defensive tactics by playing five at the back for the last 10 minutes to hold on to the 1-0 victory.

  12. De Selby says:

    why is NBC keeping the score of the game at everton permanently up in the right hand corner? it’s a really bad thing to do. do they not understand that?

    • De Selby says:

      *in the corner of the screen of the newcastle-arsenal match i mean.

      • Christopher Harris says:

        They’ve been doing this all season for matches that are being played concurrently.

        • De Selby says:

          do you mean they have been doing it when there are just two games being played? i never noticed. what is the point of doing it? don’t they understand people watch both games at the same time and live extra is always going to be a minute or more delayed? why not just put the score up occasionally (with a warning they are going to do so)?

          • Christopher Harris says:

            Whenever there is more than one EPL game being played at the same time, NBCSN will show the score of the other match beginning at minute 10 (approximately). NBC has Premier League Extra Time, which shows matches. With NBC Sports Live Extra, the games aren’t delayed but depending on each user’s Internet speed and connection, the match could be on a slight delay.

        • De Selby says:

          well there are matches being played concurrently right now yet they do not have the tottenham-stoke score in the upper right corner of the chelsea-liverpool game.

          • De Selby says:

            oops. just read your comment about them putting up the score around minute ten. what’s the reasoning behind that?

          • De Selby says:

            although now we are over twenty minutes in and still they have not put the score of the other game up in the corner. maybe they listened to my complaint. haha.

  13. Guy says:

    Thanks, Ade!

  14. Dan Adu-Gyamfi says:

    brilliant goal by Hazard to equalize the match

  15. Guy says:

    Spurs doing their best to keep Stoke in the match. They should be up 4-0 by now.

  16. Christopher Harris says:

    Hmm… looks like Jose Mourinho is trying to close the game out at 2-1 with the introduction of Mikel and substitution of Lampard.

  17. Christopher Harris says:

    Poor form by Samuel Eto’o lashing out at Suarez in the box there.

  18. Yespage says:

    Chelsea were a bunch of punks today.

  19. CassanovaFrankenstein says:

    Isn’t Suarez supposed to score in these kinds of matches? Or is his true form only reserved for Cardiff?

  20. Marc L says:

    Perhaps as the red dipper fans are at their candlelight vigil tonight, a topic for discussion might ideally be whether they should familiarize the racist cannibal with the old “Boy Who Cried Wolf” fable.

    Because if that dirty, cheating, diving sleazeball didn’t routinely go down at the touch of a feather he might have actually gotten that call.

    I know I was supposed to root for a draw here, but the nonstop whinging, complaining, diving, and excuse-making from Liverpool has pretty much worn their welcome out with me. Thursday Nights, Channel 5, guys. If you’re lucky.

    • CassanovaFrankenstein says:

      He is out of control. He spends an obscene amount of time with his hands in the air after a gentle touch. Why can’t he just play aggressively?

    • Yespage says:

      This is a great point, because Liverpool is the only team that has players second guess the officials.

    • Aaron says:

      Please point to a SINGLE dive any LFC player committed today. Just one. Never happened.

      Suarez is RIGHTLY exasperated because he can’t really seem to get a call no matter what the defenders do to him. We’re now getting past the point of his reputation justifying the officials taking a dim view of the histrionics (despite a CLEAR foul being committed against) to simple and blatant bias against the man. Anyone who has watched him regularly since his return would have to admit that his behavior has been exemplary, and we saw it yet again today with the number of challenges he fought through without complaint or rolling about.

      Not you, but other people.

      Suarez EARNED two penalties today that weren’t called and he EARNED one against Citeh, again not called. I honestly don’t see any other attacking player who endures so much physical assault without complaint only to have dimwits like you attack him for the one or two moments of utter frustration that lead him to wave his arms around a little bit even when clearly fouled.

  21. Dust says:

    Stoke were poor but they had 5 players out, ngoni should’ve seen red for attempting to hit Adebyor.

    Next up a Man Utd, who will have Web back after his loan Spell at CFC. So away & 12 v 11… Perhaps I should put a link to Webb’s rotten calls for UTD v Spurs on here for those to new to know.

    Correction, I said v 11 Dawson will start so I mean 10… I think we are being way to kind starting with only 10 each game. stoke should’ve had a penalty from the Dawson challenge in the 1st half and he’s a lucky boy in the second after being spun like a dreidel that Vlad was there to clean up…hurry up jan and get fit FFS.

  22. Jim says:

    When will people take note that Everton is the best team in Liverpool despite having much less resources. Martinez is head and shoulders better than Rodgers. In 18 months Rodgers has a terrible record against the top teams. Rodgers has a good philosophy but tactically he is very average.

  23. TheDuke says:

    Watching Chelsea and Liverpool fans fight is fun. Suarez is a horrible diver and whines when he trips over a line. Mourhino teams play on the grey area and that is being nice and their tactics make watching paint dry seem like a 6-5 world cup final once they get a lead. The point you both suck

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