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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

chelsea manchester united Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

If Manchester United manager David Moyes wants to make a statement of intent that the club is still in the race for the title, today would be it. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has never lost a Premier League match at home. A win for the Red Devils today would change the conversation regarding United. At the same time, a win for Chelsea today would arguably end Manchester United’s title hopes, if they’re not over already.

Now that I’ve said all that, it’ll probably end up a draw.

man united team sheet Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

Starting line-ups:

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

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Matic, Lampard, Mata, Torres

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Jones, Young; Januzaj, Welbeck

Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Cleverley, Fletcher, Kagawa.

chelsea team sheet Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

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

Swansea vs Tottenham, 8:30am, NBCSN
Chelsea vs Manchester United, 11am, NBCSN

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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66 Responses to Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    Jonjo Shelvey is wonderful at creating chances but awful at putting them away. He’s so frustrating to watch for me. Still not the finished article by any means.

  2. Christopher Harris says:

    Brilliant shot by Wilfried Bony. The crossbar is still shaking, as Iain Dowie says.

  3. Christopher Harris says:

    I hope I’m proven wrong, but based on the way Swansea have been playing this season and losing 1-0, the game is already over.

  4. Jim says:

    Swansea look too error prone this season which is why they are struggling. Giving the ball away easily is their downfall. Spurs look like they want it more than Swansea. Let’s see if Swansea can play better in the second half.

  5. Andre says:

    Why is Soldado on the bench?!?!?! Does Tim Sherwood want to get sacked himself? For real though I can’t believe he went this long, through 2 managers, keeping his starting spot and only scoring the odd pen here and there.

    Think Kyle Walker is having a really good game.

  6. Paul says:

    Just wondering where the public outcry is over Dawson shoving Bony out the way when he was jumping to head the ball in the box… Is he not damaging the game, does it not need sorting out etc etc?

    Ahhh… his name isn’t Luis Suarez! ;)

  7. scott says:

    Outside of Bony Swansea have looked pathetic. They better get healthy real soon, before this season turns into a nightmare for their fans.

  8. jtm371 says:

    The League Cup curse is alive and well in Wales.Lack of effort on defense very troubling.

  9. Guy says:

    I know everyone likes to chew on Suarez for diving, but looking at the next match they may need to bring in Greg Louganis as a judge. Some of the biggest divers in the sport will be on display. They make Luis look like the rock of Gibralter.

  10. Guy says:

    Great graphic they showed on Utd’s record against the top 7 teams…. 1-2-5, worst in the group. That pretty much says it all about their season.

  11. scott says:

    As a city supporter this may be the first time I don’t cheer for United to lose.

  12. Christopher Harris says:

    I’ve put together a team sheet line-up today in the article above. Let me know what you think of this.

    The key player today is David Luiz. Chelsea have set out with an attack-minded set of players, while United are more defensively minded particularly with Jones in midfield.

  13. Guy says:

    I like your team sheet line-ups. Looks like Moyes’s has stolen Tony Pulis’s.

  14. jtm371 says:

    Can not remember the last time UTD appears to have no chance to win a match.I think if they get a draw it would be huge.

  15. scott says:

    Ego, better to be lucky than good.

  16. Todd says:

    I see David Luiz is playing the part of linebacker today.

  17. Frill Artist says:

    Ha. Normally, I would be upset when United goes one down but not anymore. Lol. Kind of expected now.

  18. Smokey Bacon says:

    Much more open game than the stalemate at old Trafford.

  19. jtm371 says:

    UTD not getting to 4th place will make summer signings very tenuous.26 years of a dynasty washed away in one season no silverware no EPL crown and no CL not good.

  20. Smokey Bacon says:

    The number of times Welbeck fails to convert a fairly straightforward chance. He must make more of those if he is going to be a top striker. Rooney or RVP would have buried that.

    • Frill Artist says:

      What bothers me is that Moyes consistently picks him over Hernandez.

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        Hernandez is the better finisher but neither is top draw. Aguero, Suarez etc would put those away every time. More evidence of the lack of quality all over the pitch.

      • Flyvanescence says:

        Hernandez is a better finisher but Welbeck is better at linking up with the rest of the team. And as bad as Manure are this year, their striker needs to do more than just wait for chances to finish.

  21. Smokey Bacon says:

    Game over.

  22. scott says:

    Looks Utd’s defensively oriented line up is working out well

  23. Todd says:

    What can Moyes even say to them at this point? Lack of clinical finishing and poor defending, but they are playing against a team that is quite superior.
    Chelsea’s game plan seems quite simple. Let United have the ball and run at the defense knowing that they don’t have any finishers, then break quickly against a defense that is often slow and leaves wide open areas to run in to.

    • Andre says:

      Agree re Chelsea plan but they must be given credit for discpline in execution. With exception of Adnan’s cross and Welbeck’s bungled finish, United haven’t been able to crack Chelsea’s defensive set-up. On the other side Chelsea’s players know exactly where to go when they break on the counter.

      Chelsea have a better squad but I also think Mou has done a better job of preparing this game than Moyes.

  24. scott says:

    You know you are in trouble when Chelsea strikers are beating.

  25. Smokey Bacon says:

    I missed the pre-game so I’ll just say this. Rebecca is smokin’ today.

  26. Smokey Bacon says:

    The odds on Moyes lasting the season must be dropping. A real pasting here and there could be a surprise resignation in the works.

  27. scott says:

    Eto the luckiest man in the world. Even Torres could have fineness his chances today.

  28. jtm371 says:

    SAF has two faults picking keepers and a replacement Manager.

  29. Marc L says:

    Cheer up rags! This one isn’t over yet. My understanding is that any goal scored by Jizzudive counts for three on the scoreline. So he gets one (i.e. 3) and you are back level!

  30. Guy says:

    Anyone else notice the little silent Range Rover video during play a moment ago? They’re pushing the envelope.

  31. Smokey Bacon says:

    Luckily for United, Mourinho doesn’t know how to run up the score.

  32. Flyvanescence says:

    if this were any club besides Man United, Moyes would be sacked by now. Or at least after this.

    But keep making excuses for him. I hope he sticks around. :-D

    • scott says:

      People can see the team needs to be rebuilt, the question should have been is dm the one to do it. However, it plays out I hope the era of utd. dominance is over.

  33. Todd says:

    This should be an interesting week in the world of footballing headlines. Even more interesting will be what happens if United also exit the League Cup on Wednesday.

  34. jtm371 says:

    UTD will have to step it up to get a Europa Cup slot.

  35. goatslookshifty says:

    Utd are now just considered another match this season. Not one team in the league should consider Man Utd a threat anymore this season. This is the worst they have been in many years and any team should be looking forward to playing them now. They are as fragile as the teams in the bottom half of the table but at least those teams have the will to fight. Man Utd players have all but given up.

  36. Dust says:

    No red for Rafael lol what a joke…Jose let man utd off, they literally stopped attacking after 60 minutes.

    Dawson should’ve been sent off for the mid air push on Bony, denial of a goal scoring op and dangerous.

    I hope Vlad and Vert start v citeh, eriksen starting to shine, some great stuff from dembele too.

    Cracks me up that while LFC are playing the best football they have in a long time and are still allegedly title conteders, they have the same amount of points as spurs a club in crisis… LoL the media are ridiculous.

    Also, in addition to the ridiculous “it’s contact” argument , by that same standard, every time skertal literally wrestles ppl it should be a pen every time, esp if they go down b/c of “contact”.

    • Guy says:

      What crisis, Dust? Tim and Ade are in the house! :-D

    • jtm371 says:

      have you taken the AVB poster down and put the Sherwood one up?Your boys are playing well congrats hope they get 4th.hope the liverbird is playing on Thursdays.

      • Dust says:

        LoL, I hope the liverbirds don’t get anything, I’m sure Suarez is off in the summer.

        As. I said above, the players are gelling and quality against lesser teams is showing, against quality we look tactically inept. 442 away at Farsenal with a 19year ops in the middle? What a joke.

        City will destroy us if he pulls that crap at WHL.

  37. Jim says:

    Referee got the Raphael and Vidic cards wrong. The red was a yellow and the yellow was a red. I wonder if the FA will give Raphael a ban for his two-feet-off-the-ground tackle.

    Moyes’s post-match comment: “”I haven’t seen Rafael’s tackle, but I don’t think it’s a sending off”. Brilliant!

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