Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 23: Open Thread

Just as yesterday’s Premier League matches had so many intriguing implications, today’s the same as Spurs battle Manchester City near the top of the table, there’s the Midlands derby between Villa and WBA, Chelsea take on West Ham in a London derby while, last but not least, there’s the relegation tussle between Sunderland and Stoke.

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

Tottenham vs Manchester City, 2:45pm, NBCSN
Aston Villa vs West Brom, 2:45pm, Premier League Extra Time
Chelsea vs West Ham, 2:45pm, Premier League Extra Time
Sunderland vs Stoke, 2:45pm, Premier League Extra Time

Starting line-ups:

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose, Lennon, Bentaleb, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Adebayor

Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Capoue, Chadli, Holtby, Defoe, Soldado

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Navas, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko

Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Nastasic, Kolarov, Rodwell, Negredo, Jovetic


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

Subs: Steer, Baker, Sylla, Helenius, Albrighton, Holt, Tonev

WBA: Foster, Reid, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Anelka, Anichebe, Brunt.

Subs: Myhill (gk), Jones, McAuley, Dorrans, Vydra, Berahino, Amalfitano.


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

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, David Luiz, Matic, Lampard, Schurrle, Ba

West Ham: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, O’Brien, Noble, Taylor, Nolan (c), Downing, Diame, Carroll

Subs: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Jarvis, Nocerino, Morrison, C.Cole, Borriello


Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Ki, Brown, O’Shea (C), Johnson, Colback, Larsson, Altidore, Borini.

Subs: Gardner, Fletcher, Wickham, Celustka, Giaccherini, Vergini, Ustari.

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Odemwingie, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Assaidi; Crouch

Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Arnautovic, Walters, Guidetti, Ireland


Today’s commentators:

Tottenham vs Manchester City, Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux
Aston Villa vs West Brom, Ian Crocker & Neil Mellor
Chelsea vs West Ham, Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Sunderland vs Stoke, Daniel Mann & Garry Birtles

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Enjoy your football!

42 thoughts on “Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 23: Open Thread”

  1. Anybody else having trouble accessing the Chelsea game on NBC Sports Live Extra IOS/att uverse? All am seeing is Coverage to begin shortly….

      1. Me too … the City game comes in fine but the other 3 show “coverage to begin shortly.” Glad to know it’s not just me.

  2. NBC Sports Live Extra not working for me. When trying to access Sunderland-Stoke via my Comcast account, I’m getting a “We’re sorry, it looks like your TV subscription does not provide access to this service.”

    1. I am seeing this also. It worked fine yesterday – I watched the entire second half of SWA:FUL with no problems. I hope this is a temporary concern.

      I came to EPLTalk specifically to see if anyone else was having the same trouble!

  3. Sorry Chelsea and Arsenal fans, but Manchester City look like Premier League champions at this rate. It’s going to be tough to stop them from winning the title.

  4. Why is the Man City-Spurs game delayed by a few minutes on the Live Extra? I saw online City had scored their fourth while online it was two minutes off.

  5. Championship here we come. We’re playing the most boring football I’ve seen in a decade but so long as we keep the neutrals happy.

  6. Chelsea drop very valuable points and their game against City next Monday is now huge and they need a result if they are to have a chance of winning the title. City at home are fantastic but if anyone can frustrate them it is Mourinho. Should be an intresting game.

    Good win for Villa after going 2 goals down in the first 10 minutes. Fortunately they had enough time to get back into the game and winning 4-3 means they move further away from the bottom.

    Sunderland are slowly getting the results they need to move away from the bottom and they are no longer in the bottom 3. Poyet is enjoying a real good spell with Sunderland.

    City are just terrific. It will take some doing to stop them from winning the title. Spurs have a negative goal difference despite being in 5th spot, 3 points behind 4th. Not sure if this has ever happened before where a top 5 or 6 team has a negatibe goal difference after more than half the season.

  7. The title race was decided tonight. Anybody who thinks it’s going to be anyone else than City is deluded. It’s done n dusted.

      1. Keep the faith with your boys. They showed enough quality against Liverpool to stay up. Have to win the six pointers though.

  8. I have to say ive been impressed by kyle martino the few times ive seen him on set. Prepared, measured and actually knowledgeable. Not just throwing out Lalas/Twellman type crap like “they wanted it more” etc.

    Not saying Martino is a top class pundit, but impressed by him because he is the ONLY competent American pundit ive seen.

    1. He knows that Rebecca will call him out on any BS. Robbie Earle won’t tolerate any nonsense either.

      That said, I somewhat agree with you. He’s improved a lot. Sometimes being around people who know their stuff makes you up your game.

  9. Spirited display from Spurs but City exhibited what a huge gulf in class exists between a team who spends a 100M on players sensibly and thrashes a team who spent a 100M on a bunch of allsorts.

      1. That result had nothing to do with 100m from anyone & everything to do with a pen & red card that wasn’t.

        Howard’s wasn’t a red but Rose was? Even tho Rose got the ball first & NBC showed the “contact” was none existent.

        at 1-0 we were in the game.

        To say it was a clear goal scoring opportunity is to ignore the misses from Dzeco in better positions thought the game.

        I wasn’t expecting a win, the officials got it wrong to suggest that the sending off didn’t gift the game to city has their head up their ass.

        Was it the same Lino that disallowed rioted goal too?

        Anyways. Timnept showed he hasn’t implemented any structure of worth. Playing Bentaleb over Capoue continues to show how ridiculous he is.

        Can’t wait for the summer & Timnepts removal. It’s city’s title from here on out. I hope they put 6 passed Mourinho.

        1. You think Spurs would have gone on to one even if they red card/pen hadn’t happened? City were a different class and Sherwood’s only tactic was to tell his players to try and fight City players rather than play them.

        2. Dust is delusional as usual. The roles could have been reversed and City down a man would have still DOMINATED your insignificant club. All that money spent on flops who are now led by the joke that is Sherwood. How long until Adebayor becomes his useless self?

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