Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 21: Open Thread

Yesterday’s Premier League matches went according to script for the teams near the top of the table. Chelsea climbed to the top of the Premier League table, but Manchester City can leapfrog both Arsenal and Chelsea to first place with a win today away at Newcastle United. Meanwhile, a win for Liverpool away at Stoke would leapfrog them over Everton and Spurs into fourth place.

Starting line-ups:

Stoke City: Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Arnautovic, Crouch.

Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Pennant, Palacios, Etherington, Shotton, Ireland.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Cissokho, Skrtel, Toure, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez.

Subs: Ward, Kelly, Ibe, Aspas, Moses, Sturridge, Alberto.

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

Newcastle vs Man City, 9am, NBCSN
Stoke vs Liverpool, 11am, NCBSN

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.


62 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 21: Open Thread”

  1. 4.10pm on a Sunday afternoon, what a stupid time for a game of football. It's 3c, overcast, windy and I'll sit there bloody shivering when I could be in a nice warm pub. He

    Butland starts, he needs a run to break into the squad for Brazil. Assaidi cannot play against his parent club, I wasn't impressed at first but I'd take him permanently now.

    Rumour doing the rounds today is that Ireland signs permanently tomorrow, followed swiftly by Giudetti on loan from Man City. If I hear anything at the ground I'll report back later.

    I'd take 0-0 now, law of averages states a Liverpool victory as they've not beaten us at The Britannia in the league yet.

    I'll get us started with a "Luis Suarez, your teeth are offside".

    1. IAN
      Sorry about Forest letting you down yesterday.Once again they need to sign a couple of strikers their finishing is awful.

      1. I thought I was pushing my luck to be honest. What really killed my pig was Lonergan (Bolton's keeper) tipped a Reid shot onto the post right at the end. They were only getting their own back for the 5-0 defeat at Wembley.

    2. Don't know how we stop the Hungry One, but you never know. Have fun. I'll look for you shivering in the crowd while I enjoy a pint or two in my comfy, warm den. 😉

  2. This referee is rapidly losing control of this game. I do not understand the call on that Tiote goal. None of those players were interfering with play.

    The refereeing could be the catalyst Newcastle need to get back into the game.

  3. Its anothe blunder from the officials. That goal could be the goal of the season. This officials make me to hate soccer.. They are clearly supporting city.

  4. Would people just shut your faces saying the refs support so and so. They would have made that bad decision regardless of who was playing. They are clearly having a bad game, wouldn't matter who was playing.

  5. Crucial match for LFC. I believe if they fail to secure a win at the Britannia, it would be the first time all year that LFC would be outside top 5 at the end of the week with the top clubs putting more distance between them.

    1. What about the definite red-card tackle by Mbiwa that wrecked Nasri's knee?

      What about the second yellow card that Cabaye should have but didnt receive?

      Newcastle should have been down to 9 men and City still scored a second goal. Even with the disallowed goal its 2-1.

      Quit your blathering bullcrap.

  6. Why didn't we get that bit of luck during christmas. could've used that against city or Chelsea. we'll take it

  7. Ian Cranson's Knees is a very fortunate man to be in attendance at a match like that. Great 45 minutes.

      1. Cheers Smokey, wouldn't have expected that from you 😉

        I'm sure you'll have similar performances under that clown Holloway.

        1. I'd love it if Holloway has us playing like that. 100% effort. That's all we want as fans. None of this boring chess match rubbish.

  8. Hate to do it, but I have to go out. Recording the rest. If there's any justice we'll win this on a penalty call against Skrtel.

  9. When will Skrtel be punished for his awful set-piece defending?
    If u dont wanna award a penalty for something like that, fine. But at least book the bloke.

  10. Fantastic goal by Suarez. Ever since they gave him that chew toy for his wrist he's been phenomenal.

    1. Whew! Everytime I heard game of the season either Liverpool or Everton was involved. Credit to both these Merseysquad sides for their attacking styles and having top seasons so far.

      1. Hats off to Stoke City for making a go of it. The Potters are often derided by MLS soccer fans as being unattractive. This match was a perfect example of how entertaining they can be, even in defeat.

  11. Ouch. Was hoping Stoke could snatch an equalizer.

    On the bright side Pool maintain the gap above the rags.

  12. Well at least we made a game of it giving those 2 comical goals away. You could see Taylor's hard on from the other end of the stadium as he gave Sterling's penalty.

    Sterling was quality for Liverpool. Both defences were awful. It could easily have been a draw and might have been if Begovic was fit. Now I know how Blackpool and Burnley fans feel, getting patronized and patted on the head.

    Cameron, Whelan, Adam and Crouch played well for us but we carried too many, particularly Arnautovic.

    No news on signings but a bar in New York should receive a few signed Stoke mementos in September. I've been asked to bring a few things over by a friend so should be in for a few free beers. Point me in the direction of your decent brews, none of that Bud nonsense.

  13. Came back and watched. Poor defense will do you in every time. Sturridge's dagger at the end was all hustle on his part. Pretty.

    If we play with that intensity the rest of the season we'll be OK. Going to see what my Panthers can do.

  14. Forgot to say I've got Toure, Mingolet and Shawcross in my fantasy league defence. What a 'mare :-(

  15. Officials today had nightmare games, really poor. Newcastles should've had a goal, and a man Sent off, Pardew should also get a retro ban for being an unprofessional and conducting himself so poorly.

    As for the LFC game...Skertel "Defending/Wrestling" going unpunished is a joke, as was Sterlings dive (never a pen) and Adam leaving his foot in ....again. What a joke.

    The FA need a thorough review of these guys...poor all round.

    1. Just because you don't think it was a pen doesn't mean it was a dive. There was enough contact for him to go down and he did as most attackers in that position would. It was a soft penalty but a penalty nonetheless. Or as Rodgers has come to coin it - a Spanish penalty.

      1. Contact! .its s contact sport, contact doesn't mean a penalty. It would never have been a free kick outside the box so why would it be called inside?

        As for Rodgers & "Spanish Penalties" I've never heard him say that, but tbh Liverpool players dive a lot so, it's not a surprise as much as it's sad. Goals change games & that pen took away the momentum from stoke who'd picked up where they left off in the first half.

        Stoke deserved a point.

        1. It used to be a contact sport. Games changed these days. The fact is, if a player makes a challenge in the box - with contact - they've got to win the ball no matter what. They don't and the other player will go down and more often than not the ref will point to the spot.

          Was it a massively soft pen to award? Yes.

          Was it a pen though? Yes.

          Like Rodgers said, if it was your team you wouldn't have issue. That happened to Tottenham, would you be on here slating it? Nope. And to be honest after some of the calls so far this season, I don't mind a bit of good fortune coming our way in that sense - swings and roundabouts.

          Whatever though because it's 3 points in the bag and that's all that matters.

    2. Newcastle should have had two sent off. I assume the one you mention refers to Mbiwa's terrible challenge on Nasri. Cabaye committed a clear yellow card offence when he was already on a yellow but Mike Jones didn't call it because he knew he already screwed Newcastle.

      Skrtel should be called for a minimum of one penalty a game but for no reason I can think of gets away with it every time.

      I thought Sterling went down easily but I don't have a problem with that call. (And if it matters, I don't care for Liverpool)

      On the bright side I felt there was a noticeable lack of bad calls on Saturday.


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