Man United vs Man City, Arsenal vs Swansea and Newcastle vs Everton: Open Thread

One of England’s biggest matches of the season kicks off today under unfamiliar circumstances with the current Premier League title-holders playing against the team that is battling to win the title, while the red half of Manchester are fighting to finish in a European qualification spot.

Today’s Manchester derby gives United an ideal opportunity to smash City’s title chances, while finishing the season with some pride as long as Red Devils manager David Moyes can get his team into Europe by the end of the season.

Read: Top 5 misconceptions about the Manchester derby

While many eyes will be glued to the match from Old Trafford today, there are two other vitally important matches being played in England. The first is in north London where Arsene Wenger will walk out of their shadows of Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing against Chelsea to face the music against Swansea City. Wenger will be counting on his Arsenal team to bounce back to exorcise the negativity that the team suffered at the hands of Chelsea. But don’t count Swansea out, who will be pushing for a vital point or three to keep their hopes alive of staying in the Premier League at the end of this season.

Last but not least, Everton will be hoping for three points to keep their hopes of qualification for the Europa League alive. The Toffees didn’t put in their greatest performance on Saturday against Swansea in the team’s 3-2 win, but Roberto Martinez’s side will fancy its chances against Newcastle who are still without manager Alan Pardew due to his suspension.

For viewers in the United States, the TV schedule today is as follows:

Manchester United vs Manchester City, 3:45pm, NBCSN
Arsenal vs Swansea, 3:45pm, Premier League Extra Time
Newcastle vs Everton, 3:45pm, Premier League Extra Time

Starting lineups:

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley, Fellaini; Mata, Welbeck, Rooney

Subs: Lindegaard, Büttner, Fletcher, Kagawa, Young, Valencia, Hernandez

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Silva, Navas, Dzek

Subs: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Lescott, Milner, Garcia, Negredo, Jovetic


Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Bellerin, Kallstrom, Sanogo, Gnabry, Podolski

Subs: Szczesny, Sagna Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Giroud

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams ©, Chico Flores, Taylor, Britton, Shelvey, de Guzman, Routledge, Michu, Bony

Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Davies, Canas, Dyer, Hernandez, Vazquez


Newcastle: Krul, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran, de Jong, Cisse

Subs: Elliot, Haidara, S.Taylor, Gosling, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi

Everton: Howard, Baines, Distin, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Deulofeu, Barkley, Osman (c), Lukaku

Subs: Robles, McGeady, Mirallas, Naismith, Garbutt, Alcaraz, Browning


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

30 thoughts on “Man United vs Man City, Arsenal vs Swansea and Newcastle vs Everton: Open Thread”

  1. Today’s Manchester derby should certainly show if United really have anything in the tank. There can’t be many other matches they would rather win than this one, right now, in this situation.

    On City’s side, it is all in their hands. Home or away, how badly do they want the title?

    It should be a great match. Here’s hoping….

  2. The Emirates is empty, quiter than usual.

    Not sure what score I want, have Bony and Williams in my Fantasy team but have had money on Swansea to get relegated since before Christmas.

  3. A vicious match at the Den tonight, Bushwhackers vs The Zulus. A bubble game if ever there was.

    The Clown’s just not cutting it, 0-1 already.

  4. Brilliant first half performance by Swansea, who are passing the ball around Arsenal with relative ease. Bony is a beast!

  5. Moyes is an utter joke. How does he still have a job. He could have Bayern’s team and we’d still lose. What a joke manager. Now they’ll murder us on the counters attack.

  6. Utd need to dump Kagawa, Hernandez, Nani, Young, Evra, Evans to name a few. Toure is everything Fellaini isn’t. They’re in big trouble and are going to have to overpay player’s wages just to entice any decent players to come to the club.

  7. Based on current form, the aggregate score of Bayern – Man Utd should be something like 7:1, 8:1, 9:1…anything different would be the shock of the season. The difference between the two sides is huge.

    They say Souness set Liverpool back 20-30 years…Moyes is United’s Souness…nice guy, but way out of his element there. The sooner he goes, the better. For the best of Man Utd, he should not get a second season.

    Hopefully Woy at least won’t pick the mistakes of nature playing for United that someone somehow made to be great and talented prospects: Jones, Cleverly, Smalling, Young, Welbeck…they are all shockingly awful. Years down the road, we will look back and ponder, how did someone pay Danny Welbeck $ to play professional football? Even more, how did he play for Manchester United?

    Hopefully Everton take over Arsenal for 4th…they deserve it. Credit to Martinez…that Barkley goal: what a great run and composed finish. Kid is only 18…

    Arsenal…it would be funny, if it wasn’t sad…year after year, same old story, the implosion in the spring, bla-h, bla-h…

    1. Welbeck was our best player last night. I don’t think he is a Striker but a winger. He was great so I’d ont get why your picking on him. Jones shouldn’t be in thecategory with any of them as he has actual talent and can be a great player

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