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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

liverpool aston villa Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

The Premier League fixtures calendar always seems to have a peculiar trait of producing a very timely and intriguing game right after a club is involved in a sticky situation. That example today is Southampton, who seemingly were fortunate to hold on to Mauricio Pochettino’s services until the end of the season despite the club chairman resigning earlier this week. Now Southampton is featured in the early kick-off, where the cameras will be on them to see how they perform — and whether the team will play any differently after a tricky week off the pitch.

Plus of course there are plenty of other fascinating matches today.

Starting line-ups:

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

Subs: Jones, Kelly, Lucas, Moses, Allen, Aspas, Alberto

Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Bertrand, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke

Subs: Steer, Sylla, Helenius, Albrighton, Luna, Gardner, Holt


Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Gnabry, Ozil, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju-Young Park

Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Hangeland, Richardson; Dejagah, Sidwell, Parker, Kacaniklic; Dempsey, Berbatov

Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Kasami, Karagounis, Duff, Hughes and Bent


Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Ward, Jedinak, Puncheon, Guedioura, Chamakh.

Subs: Price, Moxey, O’Keefe, Williams, Bannan, Wilbraham, Gayle.

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

Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Shotton, Palacios, Ireland, Arnautovic, Guidetti.


Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko

Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy, Fernandinho, Milner, Aguero

Cardiff: Marshall; McNaughton, Caulker (C), Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Whittingham, Medel, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Noone; Campbell.

Subs: Lewis; Hudson, Odemwingie, Kim, Eikrem, Bellamy, John


Norwich: Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Bassong (c), Olsson; Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Gutierrez; van Wolfswinkel, Hooper

Subs: Bunn (GK), Whittaker, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Becchio, Redmond, Tettey

Hull: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Jelavic, Sagbo, Elmohamady

Subs: Harper, Figueroa, Meyler, Fryatt, Boyd, Faye, Quinn


West Ham: Adrian, Jarvis, Rat, Collison, Taylor, Noble (c), Collins, Diame, Downing, C.Cole, Johnson

Subs: Jaaskelainen, Carroll, Maiga, Morrison, Diarra, J.Cole, Chambers

Newcastle: Krul; Santon, Williamson, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa; Tiote (c), Anita, Cabaye; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran

Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Dummett, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Cisse


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

Sunderland vs Southampton, 7:45am, NBCSN
Arsenal vs Fulham, 10am, NBCSN
Crystal Palace vs Stoke, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Manchester City vs Cardiff, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs Hull, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
West Ham United vs Newcastle, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Liverpool vs Aston Villa, 12:30pm, NBC

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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47 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

  1. abdirahman says:

    Pochettino plz stop speaking spanish! And standing along side translator every time. 12 months is more than enough to learn.

  2. goatslookshifty says:

    Altidore is to flick-ons what Rory Delap is to throw-ins.
    Put your boot on it every now and then…you’re a striker for crying out loud!

  3. Andre says:

    Sunderland are incredibly lucky it is only 1-2. Their passivity in defense is suicide. Given how poorly they take care of the ball once they’ve won it they are going to play 75 percent of the game in their end.

  4. Jim says:

    Sunderland got a lifeline with that Borini goal. Altidore has been very poor, not just in this game but all season long, and Cattermole is only a tackle away from being sent off. Southampton thought they had the game well in hand and must now start the second half the way they did the first or else Sunderland will feel they can still get something out of this game.

  5. Andre says:

    Impressive turn around from Sunderland in the second half. As a neutral, pretty fun game to watch on this snowy Saturday. Adam Johnson was excellent. Fabio Borini pretty good too.

    The Shaw-Schneiderlin partnership on the left hand side wasn’t nearly as effective in the second half as it was in the first.

  6. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Southampton will be kicking themselves, should have been all over in the first half. I hope Wes Brown gets sent off again next week.

    Massive couple of games for my team after the previous 4 ‘bonus’ games. Palace away and Sunderland away, 4 points out of 6 would be nice. If we get nothing then we’re well and truly in it.

    Not sure id Guidetti will start but Jones shouldn’t make the bench. When the season started I asked if he’d be sold in August and they said they were trying. I got told that nobody has been able to motivate him for the past 18 months, he just wanted to pick up his wage and run his contract down. I’ll be delighted if he moves on, even on loan.

    At the last match we asked about signings but got told we have to sell before we buy, which accounts for the loans.

    If Hughes can keep us up with the limited spend he’s made then in my opinion that’s on a par with anything Pulis managed. Especially when you consider the millions splashed out by our competitors this season.

  7. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Richard Keys on Kenwyne Jones:

    “I’m told Kenwyne Jones is on strike?How can we tell and when did he start?”


  8. Yespage says:

    Trying to watch Stoke v Crystal Palace on the Extra Time Monet stream online. I seem to be watching the 300 Kbps version.

  9. scott says:

    Nbc showing ads during live action online.

  10. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Serves me right for dissing Puncheon. Always feared this given Pulis knowledge of our side and our lax defending which is symptomatic of our poor play this season.

    Huge game next week now.

  11. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Fulham have never won at Highbury or The Emirates they’ve just said on Talksport!

  12. Christopher Harris says:

    Massive wins today for Crystal Palace and Norwich, while Sunderland, Cardiff and West Ham sink deeper into the relegation zone. It’s going to be as close of a finish this season at the bottom than it will at the top.

    Meanwhile, if Swansea beat Spurs tomorrow, they’ll move into 10th position in the table. If they lose, they’ll be just 3 points above the relegation zone. Crazy.

  13. scott says:

    Polo’s backline look mash unit.

  14. Smokey Bacon says:

    Once again my local NBC channel chooses college basketball over the EPL. Finally, I have something I hate about NBCs coverage. Very frustrating.

  15. what a news: Roberto dimateo “our legend’ will appear tomorrow since that magical night in munich on sunday goals which will be live skysport1 at 10:30am uk time. donot miss!

  16. abdirahman says:

    Sorry! I don’t have skysprt 1. its only uk.

  17. scott says:

    That Liverpool goal demonstrates why Luis is one of the best in the world, so unselfish.

  18. goatslookshifty says:

    Gerrard has been skinned twice by Agbonlahor for both goals. He’s just as good as Lennon or Walcott on the wings. Hodgson needs to start keeping an eye on him for Brazil.

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      Liverpool’s defence was shocking last week. It’ll be interesting to see them play the other top 4 challengers the second half of this season

  19. Patrick says:

    Unbelievable dive by Suarez. No respect for something like that.

  20. Mufc77 says:

    Shameful of Suarez to dive like that. Lets see if Rodgers had anything to say about it.

  21. scott says:

    Sterling’s shoot selection has been atrocious.

  22. Guy says:

    Not one word from Arlo in the last 5 minutes actually about the match.

  23. jtm371 says:


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