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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

number 301 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

FA Cup semi-finalist Hull City plays League Cup winner Manchester City today in the first match of the day. With a win, Manuel Pellegrini’s side will move back into second place in the league, at least temporarily until tomorrow. It’s imperative that Manchester City wins today if the club wants to try to win the title. A draw or a loss would give Chelsea a huge advantage. Meanwhile a win for Hull will push them further away from the relegation drop zone.

This is the first of 8 matches today — all of which have relegation implications.

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

Hull City vs Manchester City, 8:45am, NBCSN
Sunderland vs Crystal Palace, 11am, NBCSN
Everton vs Cardiff, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Fulham vs Newcastle, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Southampton vs Norwich, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Stoke vs West Ham, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Swansea vs West Brom, 11am, Premier League Extra Time
Aston Villa vs Chelsea, 1:30pm, NBCSN

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Starting line-ups:

Hull City: McGregor, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Figueroa, Chester, Davies, Huddlestone, Meyler, Livermore, Jelavic, Long

Subs: Harper, Bruce, Koren, Fryatt, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Clichy, Garcia, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko

Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Navas, Milner, Kolarov, Rodwell, Negredo

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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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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35 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    I enjoyed watching the new ‘I Was There’ episode today before the Hull game. This one wasn’t the best one, but I love the idea of the series.

  2. Christopher Harris says:

    Full credit to NBC for continuing to show the tunnel footage during the season. It gives TV viewers a rare view behind the scenes. Like, for today, there’s the embrace between Dzeko and Jelavic, or the very northern accent from referee Lee Mason, as well as Joe Hart looking very relaxed taping his fingers before the game.

  3. scott says:

    Ezekiel alone up top God I hope this works.

  4. scott says:

    Maybe city should just start games with 10 men and save the ref the trouble of sending one off.

  5. scott says:

    Pure pure quality from Silva, sheer class.

  6. Flyvanescence says:

    Kompany rightly pissed at himself. But this ref is poor (again).

  7. Ianor says:

    Andy towsend says that was no where near red card. While roy wilkins disagrees.

  8. goatslookshifty says:

    Hey I saw a glimpse of Jack Rodwell. I forgot he even played for Man City.

  9. scott says:

    I would give Boyd’s dive a 5.0.

  10. CassanovaFrankenstein says:

    You won’t hear commentators say, “… should get a card for diving” towards any Liverpool player. Although deserving, Boyd got the treatment from these commentators

  11. Ianor says:

    Yeh. Chris. It looks like.

  12. Ianor says:

    Enjoyed the commentry of daniel mann and dean sturridge. The way they make the fun to the viewers.

  13. scott says:

    And Dzeko comes good. This is the kind of win we are going to have to grind out if we are going to catch Chelsea and win the title.

  14. Brian says:

    Why on earth is NBCSN showing results from last weekend on the upper right of screen? It’s bad enough that they show today’s scores but last week’s?

  15. scott says:

    This sunderland co game is just aweful. It looks more like a pack of wild dogs chasing a ball than a soccer match.

  16. Christopher Harris says:

    A rare mistake by Mourinho to not take Willian off. Come on Villa!

  17. scott says:

    What a goal by Delphi!

  18. Guy says:

    So much for Chelsea having the title wrapped up.

    • scott says:

      Guy, remember a bird in the hand is still worth two in the Bush.

      • Guy says:

        True, Scott, but the fact is that as of right now the title is City’s to lose. Chelsea can do nothing about it.

        • scott says:

          Good point Guy, mathematically you are right, but probabilistic it is still Chelsea’s to lose. But one thing is certain the title race just a lot more interesting :)!

        • scott says:

          I should also add my wife is Chelsea fan so things just a lot interesting in my house as well :).

    • Paul says:

      At last somebody with a bit of sense! Sick of hearing how the title is Chelseas and their name may as well be engraved now… today showed why we love this league. You just never know what’s going to happen!! Liverpool and Arsenal will be going extra hard for the 3 points tomorrow on the back of todays results!

  19. scott says:

    So glad to see that diving thug Ramires thrown out of the match.

  20. scott says:

    For once the loud mouth thug “chooses not to speak”. And then he has the gall to say he doesn’t want to bring the game in disrepute, which he does everytime he opens his mouth and plays his “mind games”.

  21. CTBlues says:

    The sending off of Willan was bogus and BS that it can’t get rescinded because it was a second yellow. Ramires’ yes I see that he stepped on the guy’s leg but what do you expect if you slide right into a guys sprinting stride?

  22. Richie says:

    Villa possibly getting a little bit of luck their way after the decisions that went against them at the Bridge at the beginning of the season. Delph was class, Ramires’s tackle at the end was horrendous; hoping El Ahmadi is ok, that looked dangerous.

  23. Brian says:

    I think Mourinho’s mind games are affecting him and his team. He said the table standings were fake. Well, his team proved it today.

    Liverpool and Arsenal can capitalize from today’s result by winning tomorrow but both have difficult games away. In both derbies form goes out the window and anything can happen. United will do everything they can to prevent Liverpool from contending for a title. Such is the hatred between the clubs and their supporters. The same goes for the London derby. Super Sunday should be exciting, I hope.

    I would love all top 4 teams to have a chance of winning the title on the last day. The way this season has gone, it could happen.

  24. CassanovaFrankenstein says:

    The Master of the Mind Games once again gains the upper hand by proving what a gigantic @sshole he is.

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