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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

ryan giggs2 600x600 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

There are several intriguing matches in store today with results that will have big consequences on the race for European qualification as well as which teams are heading for relegation.

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

Southampton vs Everton, 7:45am, NBCSN
Fulham vs Hull, 10am, NBCSN
Stoke vs Tottenham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Swansea vs Aston Villa, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
West Brom vs West Ham, 10am, Premier League Extra Time
Manchester United vs Norwich, 12:30pm, NBC

Starting line-ups:

Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Vidic (c), Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Welbeck, Rooney.

Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Mata, Chicharito, Nani, Young, Fletcher.

Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (c), Turner, Olsson; Johnson; Fer, Howson; Snodgrass; Redmond, van Wolfswinkel.

Subs: Bunn (GK), Hooper, Gutierrez, Elmander, R Bennett, Tettey, Josh Murphy.

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Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Cork, S. Davis, Lallana (c), Lambert, Gallagher.

Subs: Gazzaniga (GK), Ward-Prowse, Guly, Chambers, Hooiveld, Targett, Reed.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Stones, Alcaraz, Barry, McCarthy, Naismith, Barkley, Lukaku, Deulofeu.

Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Osman, Garbutt, Browning, Ledson.

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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 Saturday.

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56 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

  1. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Sunny in Stoke today but looks like it could belt it down here this afternoon.

    I’d take a draw today, Spurs travel well and it’d keep our good home record ticking over.

    There’s some cracking matches today, Swansea v Villa and Fulham v Hull could see some who were relatively comfy a couple of months ago dragged into the mix for relegation. I’d even go so far as to say that Fulham and Sunderland can get out of it (I don’t want Cardiff to stay up).

  2. Smokey Bacon says:

    Good. I was about to post a “where is the Open Thread?” thread in the forum.

    • jtm371 says:

      Smokey
      good luck to your Lions today hope they stay up.Forest has the Cherries away today believe the playoff run will come to a end today.

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        A big day for both of us. We really needed to beat Doncaster last Monday but at least we have a shot to stay up.

        Best of luck jtm.

        • IanCransonsKnees says:

          Bloody hell it’s a love in!

          • jtm371 says:

            ICK
            You fans with clubs in the BPL are snobs leave us Champ members alone:) its our pity party so we can cry on each others shoulder. I saw your Millwall post on the forum your in a feisty mood this Saturday.

  3. Siddharth Dhruva says:

    The match of the Day would certainly remain watching giggs as a manager.. Something new and out of the box

  4. Ianor says:

    Any one who had an idea. If united finish the season 7th place will they qualify europa league?given already hull qualified as fa cup finalist and the 5th&6th place.

    • LaticsFan says:

      If Arsenal finish 5th and win the FA Cup then the 7th place team will qualify for the Europa league and Hull won’t. If Hull win the FA Cup or if Arsenal finish 4th then Hull get the Europa place and the 7th place team misses out.

  5. jtm371 says:

    No Rebecca very sad day :(

    Not sure i am all in on the artsy pitch.

  6. Guy says:

    Everton putting this match out of reach all by themselves.

    • jtm371 says:

      Guy
      were you a former resident of the Keystone State?

      • Guy says:

        Yep. Escaped to NC 15 years ago, but still loyal to all things Philly, when it comes to sports. :-)

        • jtm371 says:

          Guy
          That is where my wife grew up and went to Temple GO OWLS!

          • Guy says:

            Small world. Owls fans need to be strong. ;-)

            If I cared about the NBA the Sixers would have made me cry this year.

        • Flyvanescence says:

          Hey Philly represent! Smart move getting out of this craphole Guy.

          Speaking of Temple jtm i occasionally attend their football and basketball games.

          And yeah, not a Sixers or NBA fan so i found their season a tad comical.

          • jtm371 says:

            Fly
            very small world wife came from Lancaster area graduated from Temple.Temple basketball in the Chaney era was good football not so good.

          • Flyvanescence says:

            Basketball still decent for the most part. But after a small run under Al Golden a few years ago the football has returned to its previous state.

  7. goatslookshifty says:

    Get used to this horrendous defending, Tim Howard. When you see your back line for the USMNT you will know what I mean.

  8. Ianor says:

    Is there another commentator that can beat jon champion when it comes telling history of the teams& the league it self?

  9. Guy says:

    I don’t want to start a Gus Chat here (that’s over on the Forum), but why does Fox insist on cramming that idiot down our throats when they have John Strong in the stable?

    You want an American voice for the BPL? There is a perfectly good one right there. But noooooooo…….

  10. Burnsey says:

    Should be #1 announcer

  11. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Scunthorpe could get promoted from League 2 today. For anyone into stats have a look at their form since Russ Wilcix took over as manager when they were 12th in November. I don’t care what level it is it’s particularly impressive.

  12. jtm371 says:

    ICK
    very impressive. what is Russ Wilcix background?

  13. Christopher Harris says:

    Who unplugged the wire at NBCSN to interrupt the Southampton-Everton game?

  14. Brian says:

    Anybody else not getting Stoke-Spurs and West Brom-West Ham games on Extra Time? Only the Swansea-Villa game is on Extra Time.

  15. goatslookshifty says:

    They’re doing us a favour. Those other games are going to be naff.

  16. San Fransiscan says:

    Looks like I didn’t kill myself during Fulham’s and Hull’s first half. That was agonizing.

    • francis says:

      Easy to say now of course, but I’m surprised NBCSN didn’t pick Swa-Vill as the main game. Both clubs need the win there, whereas Hull will be happy with the draw at the Cottage

  17. Hickorywind says:

    Just saw the replay of the goal by Shelvey. Wow!

  18. LaticsFan says:

    Watching the Fulham – Hull match, the announcers seems to be a good second or so behind the action, really annoying.

  19. Christopher Harris says:

    Fulham undone by their woeful defense again. Both Fulham and Sunderland have the worst defenses in the league, and it isn’t a surprise that those two plus Cardiff are in the bottom three.

    That late equalizer from Hull gives Aston Villa a little bit of breathing room.

  20. CTBlues says:

    Oh, so if you body check a guy in the air while in the box it is a penalty(see today’s Swansea vs Villa match). After last week I would have thought that was an legal challenge.

  21. Christopher Harris says:

    With Swansea achieving the milestone of Premier League safety for another season, Swansea fans (myself included) can now enjoy watching Cardiff City’s despair and their hopeful relegation from the top flight.

  22. Ianor says:

    Don’t worry they w’ll finish bottom.

  23. ThompsonLives says:

    Cleverley and Kagawa in, and 64 million quid sitting on the bench for Giggs’ first match. Interesting …

  24. Brian says:

    Fulham deserve to be relegated after not holding on to a 2-0 lead. They won’t get anything at Stoke next week and their finish is against Crystal Palace.

    Aston Villa might have a little breathing room and a game in hand but they have Hull at home, City away and finish with Spurs away. Tough run-in.

    Tomorrow’s Sunderland-Cardiff game is a must-win for both. The loser will definitely be relegated.

  25. Christopher Harris says:

    Anyone else have a problem with NBCSN’s tagline for the final day of the Premier League season with “Championship Sunday.”

    My two issues are (1) the race for the title might be over before the final day of the season, thus negating the “Championship” angle, and (2) the Championship is a different division/league.

    I know I’m being anal with this, but I much prefer “Super Sunday,” which leaves it open to so many more storylines such as the battle to avoid relegation, who’ll finish second and who’ll qualify for Europe, etc.

  26. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Andre Marriner and Danny Rose, what a pair of pricks.

    MOTD will struggle to make Spurs look the better side, Begovic had very little to do considering we were down to 10 men in the second half.

    A nothing challenge for the second yellow and Sherwood took Rose off before he got himself sent off. I don’t mind losing but it should be a fair fight.

    Muniesa Mom for me today for Stoke.

    In short, short changed by the referee.

  27. Brian says:

    Interesting that Mata has been left out of the starting lineup. Shows guts on Giggs’ part. Does this say he thinks Moyes was wrong in buying Mata?

  28. Christopher Harris says:

    You have to feel sorry for Norwich City. It’s bad enough to play against United at Old Trafford, but especially on a day like today where the crowd will be pumped up more than most days.

  29. Siddharth Dhruva says:

    Manchester United crowned well with a good win, now to end the day I hope a good match win by Real Madrid too.

    #GGMU
    #Hala Madrid

  30. San Fransiscan says:

    Arlo White saying that United didn’t score 5 this season. Well they did against Leverkusen.

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