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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

arsenal manchester city programme 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.

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64 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    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.

  2. Smokey Bacon says:

    Whether you want him out or not, the reception Moyes got out of the tunnel showed class.

  3. Mufc77 says:

    Is it just me or is NBC getting just like FSC and with commercials every 45 seconds.

  4. Mufc77 says:

    Who’s the co commentator?

  5. Smokey Bacon says:

    No creativity, no width, no leadership. This could get ugly.

  6. Mufc77 says:

    We look like Wimbledon from the 1980s. Long ball after long ball all season long.

  7. Mufc77 says:

    Yes let’s put the tallest person in the pitch in the middle of the wall instead of the outside

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    Ferguson might be in charge by Tuesday. Moyes cannot survive this.

  9. IanCransonsKnees says:

    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.

  10. United7 says:

    Referee is having a stinker today.

  11. Smokey Bacon says:

    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.

  12. goatslookshifty says:

    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.

  13. Frill Artist says:

    Mata finally clocks in.

  14. Guy says:

    A Villa loss suites me just fine, so happy for The Frozen One today.

  15. Smokey Bacon says:

    “You’re just a sh*t Man City”. Very witty by the villa :)

  16. Guy says:

    Lambert must be thinking, “But I saw this show last week!”

  17. Christopher Harris says:

    Manchester United supporters are the winners today.

  18. Christopher Harris says:

    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.

  19. Guy says:

    Nice Terry goal for Palace! :-)

  20. Smokey Bacon says:

    Palace look good value at 1-0.

    Oh well, that’s the kiss of death then.

  21. Smokey Bacon says:

    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.

  22. Guy says:

    Can’t wait to hear Mou post match, “I think today maybe we bring game into disrepute. We stink it up big time.”

  23. Aaron says:

    CP win. It must be Chris Foy’s fault.

  24. Smokey Bacon says:

    Puncheon above their weight.

  25. CassanovaFrankenstein says:

    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!!!

  26. Christopher Harris says:

    What a finish by Cardiff. And another last gasp draw for West Brom. Wow!

  27. Smokey Bacon says:

    I love you Rebecca but you know and I know that Palace is in Croydon and not South London.

    • ThompsonLives says:

      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.

  28. Balboa77 says:

    I kept waiting for Palace to go down to 10 men so we can really see Chelsea’s attack rip 4 goals on them.

  29. Christopher Harris says:

    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.

    • Guy says:

      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.

      • Christopher Harris says:

        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.

        • Guy says:

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

    • Wigglesworth81 says:

      Geez, its scary me when you say, “It’s in Wenger’s hands now”, haha!

  30. IanCransonsKnees says:

    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.

  31. Wigglesworth81 says:

    Great start today, any luck on getting a Chicago Fire / DC United open thread?

  32. Ivan says:

    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!

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