Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 29 & Arsenal-Everton: Open Thread

In England and Wales today, there are several matches of key importance as Arsenal-Everton battle it out in the FA Cup to determine who will play in the FA Cup semi-final, as well as the Premier League matches featuring relegation battles, a London derby and more.

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

Arsenal vs Everton (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
West Brom vs Manchester United, 7:45am, NBCSN
Cardiff vs Fulham, 10am, NBCSN
Crystal Palace vs Southampton, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Norwich vs Stoke, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Chelsea vs Spurs, 12:30pm, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sanogo

Subs: Viviano, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Ryo, Podolski, Giroud, Gnabry

Everton: Joel, Baines (c), Mirallas, Distin, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Barkley, Pienaar, Coleman, Stones

Subs: Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Naismith, Osman, Howard, Browning


West Bromwich Albion: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Amalfitano, Gera, Brunt (c), Anichebe

Subs: Myhill (gk); Morrison, Thievy, Vydra, Sessegnon, Dawson, Berahino

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Evra; Carrick, Fellaini; Mata, Rooney, Januzaj; van Persie

Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Vidic, Young, Fletcher, Kagawa, Welbeck


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.

39 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 29 & Arsenal-Everton: Open Thread”

  1. Interesting choices for the Manchester United lineup. Nice to see Jones and Smalling partnered together as well as seeing Rooney, Mata and Januzaj all playing together.
    Now we shall see if Moyes is going to really go for it and have them truly attack.

  2. My prediction for the match is a 1-1 draw. If United keeps up this slow buildup and high floated crosses, it’s looking more likely to be 2-0 to West Brom. The Baggies have definitely had better chances.

  3. Another lovely saturday at the job site. Been a month now since a proper saturday morning of footy, so enjoy you lucky folks.

  4. Game on at Emirates Stadium with a goal from Romelu Lukaku to put the FA Cup game at 1-1 vs Arsenal.

    And then just a couple of minutes later, Phil Jones scores an excellent header from a RVP free kick to put United one-nil up.

  5. Wilshire’s injury may get Ross Barkley a seat on the plane to Brazil. The lad has the look of Gascoigne about him. Quality.

      1. Agreed. He’s a better player than Wilshire. Hope Roy leaves the likes of Carrick and Lampard at home and takes Barkley.

  6. It’s almost as if the Arsenal-Everton and WBA-United games are in synchronicity. When a goal goes in during one of the games, someone scores in the other. The joys of watching two games at once.

  7. Finally a decent performance under Moyes, other than the stroppy RVP who looks like he would rather be somewhere else.

      1. Tactically, CLarke would have been tighter. We’ll never know, but Clarke could have turned those run of draws into wins for the Albion.

  8. Why did Fulman buy that Greek striker and then not ever play him? What mess Fulman are, too bad to, they were one of the underdogs I liked cheering for.

  9. Norwich take the lead against Stoke. Really good game. Norwich need to hold on and not capitulate like they did last week at Villa.

    1. Very open and entertaining game to watch between Cardiff and Fulham. Enjoying this one despite scoreline.

  10. Another penalty from Walters and Stoke are level. Very poor challenge by Bassong for the penalty. The Stoke player was going nowhere. If Norwich lose this Hughton might lose his job. 15 minutes to go in this very watchable game.

  11. Stoke down to 10 men after Walters gets a red card. Norwich should take advantage for the remaining 10 minutes. Norwich put on an extra striker to try and win the game.

  12. Fulham are going down. Cardiff get a reprieve and give themselves a fighting chance to stay up but they have Everton away and Liverpool home next. So it may be a bit too much for them but at least they can go into those fixtures with some momentum.

    Norwich will be disappointed with just a point given they gave away a needless penalty and could not take advantage of the one-man advantage in the last 15 minutes.

  13. Stoke need to find some way to score other than from late penalt calls. That’s not exactly a strategy for success.

    Having said that, they only face 3 teams in the top 9 in their remaining 9 matches. If they can’t score enough against that competition to stay up then they certainly deserve to drop.

    I didn’t think Hughes was a great choice, but thought he’d surely get more out of the squad than he has. I hope we find someone else for next year regardless of where we end up.

    1. They’ll hopefully get points from those 3 games then g
      Guy because we bloody can’t against teams we should be beating.

  14. Tottenham’s high defensive line is a huge risk especially against Chelsea. I’d be surprised if Chelsea doesn’t capitalize on that real soon.

      1. Very true. It’s just the way it happened that makes it even worse. Vertonghen with the bad play, then the penalty (and red card!) on a minimal contact play.

  15. With 30 minutes to go in the game and Chelsea winning 2-0, I have no faith in Tottenham to score in this game. There’s no X factor. It’s such a shame that with all of the money they got for Gareth Bale, they weren’t able to get a striker or attacking midfielder with the same impact that Bale has on a game.

  16. All 4 goals by Chelsea were gifts from Spurs. I thought the penalty was harsh. Still, Spurs didn’t create enough chances to trouble Chelsea. Don’t think any team will catch Chelsea now. City have too many games to make up and Liverpool and Arsenal could be 10 points behind by the time they play on Sunday next week. Still hoping for some twists and turns but it’s looking more likely that Chelsea will finish top.

    Spurs are just about out of the top 4. It will take a real collapse by Liverpool or Arsenal for them to finish in the top 4.

  17. What I remember from the first half is Arlo White driveling on how Tottenham had failed to win at Chelsea for the last 400 years or something. Perhaps he never got over his parents moving house one day while he was at school and not telling him, I don’t know.

    But please NBC do us a favour and get rid of him.

  18. I am halfway to Spurs getting no points from their next two matches.And then CL talk will be done with.

    On another note their is a clear cutting taking place in Nottingham England and it is not a pretty sight.Trees lose at Oakwell PLEASEEEE!Injuries no signings and manager banned for five matches why do i still care it is hard after a day like today.

    Wales over England Sunday in the six nations.Should be a good match.

  19. I thought Liverpool was off this weekend, but with all that diving against Tottenham, I guess Suarez and the Reds were on the pitch after all.

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