Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread

Winter is over according to the Premier League. Beginning today, the yellow balls have been put away and the white balls return to denote that Spring has arrived.

There’s no early kick-off in the Premier League this weekend, so we have a choice of four matches being played from 10am-Noon ET (including the west London derby between Fulham and Chelsea) followed by Southampton versus Liverpool from 12:30pm-2:30pm ET.

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

Saturday, March 1:

Fulham vs Chelsea, 10am, NBCSN
Stoke vs Arsenal, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Everton vs West Ham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Hull vs Newcastle, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Southampton vs Liverpool, 12:30pm, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Kasami, Bent

Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Burn, Kvist, Holtby, Karagounis, Rodallega

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Torres

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, D Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Willian, Ba


Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic; Crouch

Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Guidetti, Etherington, Wilkinson, Ireland

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Sanogo, Gnabry


Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Stones, Distin, McCarthy, Barry, Deulofeu, Pienaar, Osman, Naismith

Subs: Joel, Hibbert, McGeady, Mirallas, Lukaku, Browning, Barkley

West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Taylor, Jarvis, C.Cole, Downing

Subs: Reid, Armero, Carroll, Diame, Jaaskelainen, J.Cole, Nocerino


Hull: McGregor, Bruce, Davies, Figueroa, Elomhamady, Rosenior, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jelavic, Long

Subs: Harper, Chester, Koren, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko, Quinn

Newcastle United: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote (c), Anita, Gouffran; de Jong; Remy

Subs: Alnwick, S. Taylor, Haidara, Gosling, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Cisse


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.

10 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread”

      1. Paul, congrats on the huge win.

        There were more comments on here today during matches, but I switched commenting systems mid-match, so it deleted the old comments and only keeps the new ones moving forward.

        Back to regular service.

          1. That was a pretty good win for you. So’ton are no patsies and played a good match themselves. Had their chances, but…..

  1. The big story from today’s action will be the Pardew headbutt which should see him banned from the sideline for the rest of the season. The man never learns. Who knows, Newcastle might even fire him. We shall see.

    This story will overshadow Liverpool’s win which happened despite not being at their best. They are now second and definitely title contenders. They have to wait two weeks before playing United away. What a game that should be. Worse than being out of the top 4 for United is the fact that Liverpool will replace them in the CL and might even win the title.

    Chelsea keep on winning and are now favorites to win the title. City have 2 games to make up but you’re better off already having the points ratherthan make it up. City will also have to play midweek games which could affect their performance.

    Everton win a tough one and substitute Lukaku wins it for them after his loss due to injury. Don’t count out Everton to finish in the top 4 at the expense of Arsenal who had a bad loss at Stoke. Arsenal were very poor and uncharacteristically hardly created chances. They have a tough month coming up and unless they start winning again could drop out of the top 4.

    This season’s excitement continues and with 10 games to play we are no closer to a team running away from the pack at the top and the bottom is still congested so any team that goes on a 2-3 game win can move away from the bottom.

    1. Definitely going to be fun to watch the impact of the next ten matches especially for 10th place on down. Newcastle and Southampton will be trouble for everyone since they can play with absolute abandon at this point.

      You’d think that would apply to United also, but they seem tighter than a newly wound clock.

  2. To be honest, I expected so much from Week 28, but I never thought it’ll be that boring. On the other hand, I’m surprised that Liverpool now is on the second spot tied up with Arsenal!

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