Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread


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.

110 thoughts on “Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread”

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

      1. Cheers jtm. The great escape is on! Three more points versus Doncaster on Monday and we may stay up. Ollie’s Army!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. Are you listening Jose?

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

    1. 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

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

    And i must say smokey and jtm1, whats your age again? 😉

  9. 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

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

    1. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. 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.

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

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

  13. 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.

      1. It will be the same again next year too.

        Only thing more laughable are the gooners singing like they won the league today. You beat Hull. Hull.

    1. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

      1. 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.

  16. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Well Everton just brightened my day.

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

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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?

  23. 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..

      1. 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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