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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread

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Happy Easter to all of the readers of World Soccer Talk. We’ve got a schedule of three promising Premier League matches coming to you today, kicking off with the battle at Carrow Road between relegation-threatened Norwich and title-contenders Liverpool.

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

Norwich vs Liverpool, 7am, NBCSN; Steve Banyard & Efan Ekoku
Hull vs Arsenal, 9am, NBCSN; Peter Drury & Paul Walsh
Everton vs Manchester United, 11:10am, NBCSN; Jon Champion & Jim Beglin

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.

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110 Responses to Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread

  1. jtm371 says:

    Darn early!

  2. jtm371 says:

    WOW just WOW.

  3. Smokey Bacon says:

    It seems we come on here every week and say the same thing. Fantastic goal! I barely had time to unwrap my Easter egg.

  4. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Norwich could be bottom 3 next week. Forest could be in the play offs.

  5. Burnsey says:

    Diving is such a stain on the game

  6. Burnsey says:

    What a second goal

  7. jtm371 says:

    I got up early for this.

  8. Guy says:

    The only question now is whether City will still have a better GD than Liverpool when this is over.

  9. Christopher Harris says:

    Soccer fans around the world rewarded for waking up so damn early for a match. Thank you Liverpool.

    At this rate, I’m beginning to feel sorry for Norwich. Wonder what Chris Hughton is thinking right now.

  10. Smokey Bacon says:

    Sublime pass for number two. Liverpool just pile on. It’s an onslaught is the only way to describe their play. I can’t recall seeing this brand of football in the EPL. That’s how you despatch relegation fodder.

    • Guy says:

      Are you listening Jose?

      The match may indeed settle down, but ‘Pool have made it clear there will be no miracles today.

    • Burnsey says:

      Really? Those Arsenal teams….Chelsea with Robben and Duff…united with Ronaldo?

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        Arsenal has had no end product for ten years. Nobody associates Chelsea with flowing attacking football. United and Ronaldo is the closest. It’s more the relentless nature of Liverpool’s attacking play coupled with the closing down when they don’t have the ball. Most teams shut up shop when they go one nil up. It’s very impressive.

        • Burnsey says:

          I was referring to those earlier Arsenal teams with Anelka, Overmars, Bergkamp…and then Henry. United with Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo, Giggs etc. those teams were all a match for this Liverpool team.

  11. goisles01 says:

    I changed my vote. Sterling is PFA young player of the year.

  12. jtm371 says:

    Liverpool will be the most shocking League Champion in the EPL era. People might not remember Blackburn finished runner up the year before they won. I contend if you ask a Pool fan they would have taken 4th before the season no questions asked.

  13. goisles01 says:

    Joe Allen’s feeling a little frisky this day

  14. Burnsey says:

    Don’t write off Norwich just yet. One goal and they are back in it.

  15. goisles01 says:

    David Silva may be the best attacking midfield player in the EPL but I don’t think anybody can unlock a defense from the back like Steve Gerrard. Maybe Andrea Pirlo.

  16. Guy says:

    Ads and voiceovers. Ads and voiceovers. More ads and voice overs. NBC just set a new world record!

  17. goisles01 says:

    SAS to the rescue

  18. goisles01 says:

    Skrtel, I believe, has more goals than Oscar and we’re not counting the ones he put into his own net.:) Almost had another one there

  19. jtm371 says:

    It is amazing what happens in the Liverpool box when the opposition are not held or grabbed.

  20. Burnsey says:

    Defensively, this Liverpool team are there for the taking. Not one of their back five could get in Chelsea’s team.

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      Chelsea have a patent on parking the bus. Liverpool’s is up on bricks and set on fire.

    • goisles01 says:

      It’s mentality not ability. The fact they have to stop pressing when they go 2-up and pull the lineback. They concede most of their goals protecting leads. This is Chelsea’s natural style of play so they are better at it

  21. Smokey Bacon says:

    Credit to Norwich. Terrific comeback.

  22. goisles01 says:

    WHEW!!! :)

  23. goisles01 says:

    Now I can enjoy a relaxing Easter

  24. Smokey Bacon says:

    Ozil out of hibernation for Arsenal’s annual fight for fourth.

  25. jtm371 says:

    Well worth the wait :)

  26. Flyvanescence says:

    Well the good news is that liverpool only gained 1 in goal difference.

    And i must say smokey and jtm1, whats your age again? ;-)

  27. goisles01 says:

    another thing I love about football is the procession onto the pitch by both teams at the same time. It gives the feeling of 2 gladiators entering the arena. I don’t think this happen anywhere else in team sports

  28. Ianor says:

    For chelsea next sunday its putting the second team at anfield. A head of crucial second leg against a.madrid. All the effort now is to reach in lisbon and win the biggest trophy in the planet

    • goisles01 says:

      I believe this will happen as well. If Chelsea wins next week with the first team, they would still be behind with 2 gms left. I agree that Chelsea needs to protect the CL.

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      I think even Ken would agree this is getting the excuses in early.

    • Flyvanescence says:

      City need a Chelsea win. Sheikh Mansour will make sure Jose plays the first team.

  29. Brian says:

    Sunderland helped Liverpool yesterday by beating Chelsea so Liverpool return the favour today by beating Norwich.

    Not Liverpool’s finest display but they won’t care and now will feel that destiny is with them. Still need to keep an eye on City who if they win their game in hand will only be 3 points behind and a better goal difference so Liverpool cannot afford to lose more than 2 points in their last 3 games.

    Liverpool are now definitely in the Champions League regardless of what happens from hereon in. Congratulations to the ‘Pool.

  30. goisles01 says:

    that must be some wind to blow metal frame signage over. that was crazy

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      Actually, they are so skint in hull they can’t afford those electronic advertising boards. It’s was the best they could do. Another one will blow over in the second half.

      • IanCransonsKnees says:

        Stoke tried to swap Kenwyne Jones for those advertising hoardings in January. They’re more mobile than Kenwyne.

  31. Iancransonsknees says:

    Giroud described as a ‘crispy creme donut’ on Talksport. 6ft 4 of flappy arm fanny, trying to con the ref.

  32. goisles01 says:

    What a volley!

  33. goatslookshifty says:

    The FA Cup Final won’t be worth watching the way this result I going. Hull, minus Jelavic and Long, won’t have a chance and will be outclassed by Arsenal.

  34. Smokey Bacon says:

    They should really give Arsenal a trophy in recognition for finishing fourth with amazing consistency.

  35. Ianor says:

    Alan curbishley says the tittle and the fourth place won’t go down to the last day of the season. I strongly agree him.

  36. San Fransiscan says:

    Seriously, the commercial break after the players come out is so annoying by NBC.

    FOX never did this.

    • mahluf says:

      Yeah, because they never showed the players coming out of the tunnel.

    • Jeff says:

      To be fair, both Sky Sports and BT do similar things in the UK. Sky will often take a quick (30secs) ad after the teams walk out, while BT shows a 3/4 screen betting ad as the players shake hands

  37. Brian says:

    Moyes gets a combination of applause and boos. Were the boos from United fans? :-) .

  38. gargoyle says:

    Will Howard be doing commentary while in goal?

  39. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Real Salt Lake vs Stoke City in the Generation Adidas Cup final this afternoon. The first time foriegn sides have been invited to take part.

  40. Smokey Bacon says:

    United have three number 10s and no centre forward. Actually, I take that back, 2 number 10s. Kagawa is more like a 8.5. He’s rubbish.

    • Taylor says:

      No, he’s not rubbish. Moyes makes him look like rubbish. And actually Moyes makes United looks like rubbish.

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        He was rubbish under ferguson and he’s rubbish under Moyes. No improvement. He adds nothing with mata in the team. Meanwhile, Rooney runs around looking like the striker he is not.

  41. goatslookshifty says:

    Nice of Moyes to put Nani in the shop window today. Buy him and you get Jonny Evans free.

  42. Burnsey says:

    Time to bring on their 28 million pound signing!

  43. Guy says:

    Great anecdote about Baines’ take on the difference in match preparation between Moyes and Martinez. It actually explains quite a lot about both squads this year.

    • Guy says:

      If you missed it, Baines said Moyes would spend the week preparing for what the other team was going to do and Martinez spends his time working on what Everton are going to do.

      Think about that. A subtle, but telling difference in mindset, preparation and execution.

      • Flyvanescence says:

        Well that pretty much sums it up. Everyone always applauded Moyes for how well he did with a small club. But i always thought Moyes just made them look like a small club. Because face it, Everton are one of the bigger clubs in England. Not quite to the level of Arsenal City United Liverpool etc., but the next tier down.

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        To be fair, that is the correct approach if you are Everton. It is not if you are Manchester United.

        I’m getting sick of hearing how Everton only started playing football when Martinez arrived. They would be in the championship like Leeds if it was not for Moyes. Martinez has done nothing yet, and they would probably be mid table without Lukaku.

        • Guy says:

          Your last sentence sums up my take on Martinez so far, but he certainly has a different mindset than Moyes and I think it certainly shows in how both squads are playing this year.

        • Guy says:

          Speaking of Lukaku, how is it he keeps getting loaned out??

          • Flyvanescence says:

            It could be this: chelsea dont think he fits or isnt quite good enough, but if loaned out he can help take pts off rivals while he cant play against them.

        • Burnsey says:

          I agree…..let’s judge Martinez in a few years. I would like to know why Martinez played Lukaku wide right against Arsenal if it wasn’t because he was adjusting to an opponent.

          • Flyvanescence says:

            Almost every team adjusts to opponents. Bayern under Heynckes did it brilliantly. You can adjust to an opponent without spending the entire week focusing on how the opponent will play.

          • Guy says:

            Every coach makes those kinds of adjustments. I think Baines was simply referring to the overall mindset of preparation.

  44. Smokey Bacon says:

    The noose gets tighter for Moyes. He can’t possibly survive this. As big a bust as there has been. Van Gaal is probably online scouting homes in greater Manchester.

  45. Burnsey says:

    Share price to drop further on Monday

  46. @merseylaldal says:

    Nervy ending by Liverpool at Carrow Road. Norwich deserves a hand for their assault on Red defense. Now time to put Chelski to the sword. YNWA

  47. Flyvanescence says:

    Well Everton just brightened my day.

    Anyone else see the quotes from Pellegrini and Gareth Barry in the papers this week?

  48. Ianor says:

    Oh. Dear. The season can’t end soon for united, still four to play. I hope those remaining four games not to be televised. They are very very weak.

  49. goatslookshifty says:

    Coleman and Baines are ripping Utd apart on the wings, just like Utd used to do. No plan whatsoever by David Moyes.

  50. Burnsey says:

    Rooney now playing wide left to track Coleman…wasn’t that the reason he fell out with Fergie?

  51. goatslookshifty says:

    Utd have on 4 goalscorers (Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck, Valencia) and they still can’t get a sniff on goal.
    Also, I haven’t heard a single peep out of Utd supporters. Did any of them even go to the game?

  52. Balboa77 says:

    Rooney giving up is precious. What a class act

  53. Guy says:

    “Everton’s first league double over United in 44 years.” Another milestone for The Chosen One.

  54. Brian says:

    On the very day that United are officially eliminated from a Champions league spot, Liverpool are officially in. Ouch! That must hurt if you’re a United supporter and jubilation if you’re a Red. The times they are a changing..

    • goatslookshifty says:

      Man Utd were eliminated from a Champions League spot the day David Moyes became the manager.

      • Brian says:

        You underestimate Moyes. There is method to his madness. Liverpool are about to win the title after finishing 7th last season. United are in 7th so are on course to winning it next season.

        The last time United finished out of the top 6 was in the 1989-1990 season. That was the season Liverpool won their last title. History repeating itself?

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