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Chelsea vs Norwich and Arsenal vs West Brom, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

stamford bridge Chelsea vs Norwich and Arsenal vs West Brom, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

West Bromwich Albion are mathematically not safe yet for another Premier League season, while Arsenal have confirmed a UEFA Champions League spot after Everton’s defeat yesterday, so you would expect the Baggies to give it their all today at the Emirates Stadium in the first match of the day.

In team news, Abou Diaby makes his first return to an Arsenal squad is more than 13 months, with an appearance on the bench.

But it’s the second match of the day that will have the most consequences. If Norwich loses, the Canaries will be relegated. But a draw or win for Norwich keeps their Premier League hopes alive until the last game of the season next Sunday. For Chelsea, a win will guarantee that they’re still in the Premier League race (where they still have a chance to win it if both Liverpool and Manchester City slip up). Obviously, the advantage is with Chelsea as shown by the predictions on Twitter (see below).

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

Arsenal vs West Brom, 8:30am, NBCSN; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
Chelsea vs Norwich, 11am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

Starting line-ups

Chelsea: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; Lampard, Matic; Salah, Willian, Schurrle; Ba.

Subs: Hilario, Kalas, D Luiz, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Torres, Eto’o.

Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin (c), R Bennett, Turner, Whittaker; Tettey; Snodgrass, Johnson, Howson, Olsson; Elmander.

Subs: Bunn (GK), Bassong, van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Hooper, E Bennett, Redmond.

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Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Kallstrom, Rosicky, Diaby, Sanogo

West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Dawson, Lugano, Olsson, Brunt, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Morrison, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino.

Subs: Myhill (gk), Anichebe, O’Neil, Sinclair, Vydra, McAuley, Yacob.

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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