Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

Here is today’s TV/Internet schedule for matches being shown in the US:

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

Starting line-ups:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Flamini, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Bellerin, Jenkinson, Kallstrom, Gnabry, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanogo

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

Subs: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Lescott, Milner, Javi García, Negredo, Jovetic

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.

64 thoughts on “Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread”

  1. Thumbs up (yet again) for NBC showing David Moyes walking out to the pitch so we could get a sense of the reaction from the crowd.

      1. Really I don’t think I’ve ever heard him commentate before. Loved him as a player especially with spurs and Marseille and in my opinion he had a step over that was second to none.

  2. Sunny in Stoke today about 16c so cracking weather for football.

    Not too sure about today, I think Steve Bruce is a very steady manager who I’d have bren happy to have replace Pulis. Long and Jelavic will be the most obvious threat.

    I was very surprised with last week’s result, then found out that Stoke are the most successful team when it comes to having to chase a game. Odemwingie and Crouch have the beginnings of a partnership and Arnoutovic has hit form. That said I think it’ll be a draw.

    Please take time out today to offer jtm and Smokey your commiserations. Their teams are down in the Championship, getting a kicking on and off the pitch, only able to temper their tears by looking at the car crash that is Dirty Leeds.

    1. Holloway out! We need to go down, clear out the dead wood and get a proper manager than the clown we have right now. No team could survive the damage done by Lomas and now Holloway.

        1. You know, he could be a great fit, especially in league one. Di Canio in! Only problem is he’s an ex-hammer.

  3. This formation does united no favors. It asks way too much of Rooney who really isn’t an out and out centre forward. United are a team that needs to play 4-4-2 with pace and width. Unfortunately, Kagawa is not a winger and the midfield is not up to the job of playing 4-4-2.

  4. Man Utd = win today, lose on Tuesday, win next Saturday, lose the next one.
    Can’t wait for the season to end so I can focus my attention on England’s World Cup woes.

  5. Swansea 2-0 up against Norwich, but the Canaries are our bogey side. It’s important that the Swans don’t get complacent. Norwich have often come back against us, to haunt us in games.

  6. As much as it pains me to say it, what an effort by the lads from Croydon. Right up there with Liverpool’s demolition of Arsenal as one of the performances of the season.

    The scousers can start making room in their trophy cabinet.

  7. THE JOSE MOURINHO MIND GAMES CONTINUE!!! What a genius. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are dealing with a real wizard here the likes of which we will never get to see outside of a Chelsea or any club with a giant bag of money. Mind Game On, Jose, Mind Game ON!!!

    1. As an admitted Palace backer, she definitely knows that. But her U.S. audience doesn’t know what the hell Croydon is. She was just dumbing it down for them.

  8. Game on Premier League. With Chelsea’s shock loss to Palace, Arsenal can move to within 3 points of Chelsea with a win today. It’s in Wenger’s hands now.

    1. Chelsea’s loss obviously opens things up a bit, but even if Arsenal win today the title will still be entirely in City’s hands due to their games in hand.

      1. It would give City a huge advantage, but it’s entirely plausible that City will slip up in their two games in hand — against Aston Villa and Sunderland, both teams who are fighting to stay in the league this season.

        1. Exactly. My point being Wenger won’t have anything to do with it. It’s all down to City and their final opponents.

  9. Very even match at the Brit today, it was always going to take a mistake to separate the two teams, Odemwingie still had a lot to do though.

    6 points clear off 11th and 6 points off 9th so splendidly isolated. I think on current form we may be able to catch the bar codes, we’ve still got them to play yet and they’ve got a tough run in.

    The West Brom v Cardiff match sounds an awesome watch, will definitely search out highlights.

  10. Holy cow, thank you, Palace and thank you, Arsenal!

    To call the 11 am game tomorrow massive is an understatement for Liverpool Football Club.

    Hopefully the pressure won’t get to them…Sunderland midweek was way too close.

    And with this Tottenham side this season, you never know. They can lose by a margin, and they can come to Anfield and run away with a 3:1 win tomorrow, you just never know which team will show up!

    That Liverpool joke of a defense bothers me…a lot…Skrtel, Agger, Mignolet better step up. 7 games coming up…take your pills, watch out for that heart rate, this can get ugly…

    Citeh is still the best team in the league, top to bottom, and missing the best player in the league who will likely show up for the last 2-3 games.

    We’ll see!

    1. Since when did City have the best player in the league? Last time I checked the best player in the league played in red…

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