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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

anfield Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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

Fulham vs Everton, 8:30am, NBCSN
Liverpool vs Spurs, 11am, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

Fulham: Stockdale; Riise, Heitinga, Hangelaand, Kvist, Sidwell, Kasami, Holtby, Richardson, Riether, Dembele

Subs: Stekelenburg, Diarra, Kačaniklić, Dejagah, Roberts, Bent, Woodrow

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Osman; Lukak

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

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Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez

Subs: Jones, Allen, Aspas, Sakho, Lucas, Cissokho, Moses

Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Chadli, Eriksen, Soldado

Subs: Friedel, Dawson, Dembele, Sandro, Townsend, Winks, Kane

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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 Sunday.

About Christopher Harris

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. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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63 Responses to Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

  1. Brian says:

    Happy Mother’s Day (Mothering Day) to all in Britain!

    Big day for both Merseyside clubs with Everton needing a win to put pressure on Arsenal for a top 4 spot. They play Arsenal next week at Goodison so a win today and next week and Everton will be in pole position to take 4th.

    Liverpool can go to the top if the table with a win/draw. First time since Christmas. A win will mean the title is in their hands.

    Exactly 50 years ago today, March 30 1964, Liverpool beat Tottenham at home 3-1 to go back to the top of the table since December and they went on to win the title that season. Their first title under Bill Shankly. Will history repeat itself?

    • Guy says:

      If Liverpool and City win out until their match on the 13th then there will be no adjectives that could possibly over hype it.

  2. Guy says:

    How has a team that has finished 12th, 9th, 8th, 12th and 7th in the last five years come to find itself relegation fodder? To me the fall of Fulham is more stunning than that of Man Utd.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Personally, I think it’s the tinkering by the owner Shahid Khan that has hurt the club this season. When Martin Jol was sacked on December 1st, Fulham were 18th in the table. The club were on a losing streak of 3 games, which happens even to the best of clubs.

      I’d argue that if Khan had kept his faith in Jol, then Fulham would have been able to climb away from 18th position. It didn’t help that Khan had hired Meulensteen in mid-November as a coach, which may have unsettled Jol.

      Since the sacking of Jol, it’s been one mistake after another by Khan, including the confusion over whether Meulensteen was initially sacked or not. Khan has written the rule book on how not to run an English football club.

    • jtm371 says:

      Removing the Michael Jackson statue might have something to do with the poor play.

  3. Ianor says:

    Why always pple complain mr david pleat? Great co-commentator.

  4. Brian says:

    Fulham have done really well in the first half and had chances to take the lead. Best I’ve seen them play in a long while.

    Deulofeu needs to pass the ball early and he tries to do too much by himself.

  5. jtm371 says:

    Very nice strike for Fulham.

  6. jtm371 says:

    Entertaining match Everton lucky to have lead Fulham much the better side. Go Toffees get 4TH.

  7. IanCransonsKnees says:

    That’s Fulham down then. How do you think Khan will deal with relegation?

    • Guy says:

      Get another manager….or 2? ;-)

      • jtm371 says:

        If they don’t watch out they might give Forest a run for number of managers in less then two years.:(

        • Iancransonsknees says:

          Surely Khan’s got more sense than that. Slippery slope once you slide out the Premier League though.

          Forest can still make the play offs, get MON in until the end of the season, unite everyone and go for it.

  8. jtm371 says:

    Next Sunday at Goodison would be a great ticket to have. Hope we get a report from Matt Toffee Jones.

  9. Smokey Bacon says:

    When is an open thread not an open thread? Not sure about the North Korean style editorial oversight.

  10. Brian says:

    Imagine Liverpool winning the title and Everton finishing in the top 4. Both clubs have it in their own hands to make it happen even if they have tough matches still to play.

    Everton always seem to find a way to win and Martinez’s substitutions have been spot on all season long. Fulham actually played very well today especially in the first half but 2nd half substitutions by Everton turned the tide in their favour. Huge game for them next Sunday against Arsenal.

    • Yespage says:

      Everton has had one heck of a season that few people seem to be taking notice of. Martinez has done a great job in his first year and they very well can make the Champions League.

  11. Smokey Bacon says:

    You have to say a packed Anfield is one of the finest sights in English football. It’s like the 1980s all over again.

  12. Burnsey says:

    Odds on Arlo talking over the YNWA anthem?

  13. Smokey Bacon says:

    Oh well, that’s that then. Good night Spurs.

  14. Hickorywind says:

    Not surprised we’re losing, but thought we could at least hold Liverpool off for 10 minutes. Evidently not.

  15. francis says:

    Kaboul does his best djimmy traore impression

  16. Iancransonsknees says:

    Anyone seen Dust lately?

  17. Ianor says:

    jon champion and jim begling. Those pair, their understanding is perfect and enjoyable for the viewers.

  18. Guy says:

    Suarez is just too much.

  19. Iancransonsknees says:

    Spurs could end up very embarrassed here. Goal difference could be key.

  20. Frill Artist says:

    I’m sorry but Suarez is the best striker in the league right now hands down.

  21. goisles01 says:

    great commitment to defend for LFC

  22. goisles01 says:

    Sterlings dribbling in traffic skill is underated

  23. goatslookshifty says:

    Regardless of Liverpool’s talent, they are just working harder than any other team right now.
    Too bad they weren’t playing Bayern Munich this Tuesday.

  24. Frill Artist says:

    Suarez’s 30 goal landmark denied by the post.

  25. goatslookshifty says:

    It might be time to relegate Spurs to a lower class. They haven’t been serious contenders for years, yet still considered to be a top club.

  26. Smokey Bacon says:

    Sheer quality from Liverpool. Back on their perch with 6 games to go. City might have games in hand but they would gladly trade places with Liverpool right now.

    • Flyvanescence says:

      I think our trip to Anfield is a narrow loss. Would b very happy with a draw; but i dont trust Pellegrini to outwit Rodgers, which is what i think it will take to win at Anfield.

  27. goisles01 says:

    Liverpool’s much maligned back 4 of Skrtel, Agger, Johnson and Flanagan should get game balls

  28. Smokey Bacon says:

    Good mash up of YNWA with when the Spurs go marching in.

  29. Bo says:

    Lloris and Eriksen only ones playing today. Vertonghen quit and left a few minutes into game. Sherwood needs to get box seats up top next time, hear they’re nice.

    #COYS

  30. goisles01 says:

    Liverpool playing Barcelona’s game better than Barcelona. No wonder Barca is interested in Rodgers if Tata gets sacked

  31. Brian says:

    We all knew how good Liverpool are right now but how pathetic are Spurs. Even Sunderland were better against Liverpool. I expected Spurs to be more competitive given they had an entire week off while Liverpool had a midweek game. Looks like history might be repeating itself and Liverpool are on their way to the title.

    I think this loss, and the way they played, was probably the nail in the coffin for Sherwood’s chances of returning as manager next season.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      I agree Brian. Tim Sherwood seemed frozen in the same pose for the entire game as if Levy had told him before the match that Spurs would be signing a new manager this summer. It looked like Sherwood didn’t care about what happened on the pitch.

    • goisles01 says:

      i agree as well. I worried about this match thinking Spurs was on a high after last weeks comeback. Add to that the revenge factor of the reverse fixture. Im so happy Sherwood continues to play that high defensive line no matter what. I thought if they used Sunderlands strategy that they had enough to frustrate Liverpool and enough quality to counterattack and be successful. Sherwood chose the pressing game and it cost Spurs

    • scrumper says:

      Agree, Sherwood looked like a bloke who just discovered he’d made his Mother in Law pregnant. Some glum faces on the Spurs players. Vertonghen went off injured but for a while now his body language has been someone who couldn’t care less and is looking for a way out.

  32. Iancransonsknees says:

    Can’t wait to get Spurs up to the Britannia.

  33. Iancransonsknees says:

    All over Twitter that Showroom has lapped a player in the dressing room and been sacked :-o

  34. Iancransonsknees says:

    Lamped

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