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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.


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

  1. Guy says:

    Interesting story on Sunderland’s non-deduction of points for fielding an ineligible player. Apparently the Canaries do not plan on going down quietly.

    • Graeme_Souness's Mustache of Power says:

      Good for them, but I think they have less of a case than Sheffield United did against West Ham and Carlos Tevez.

  2. Christopher Harris says:

    Norwich City are still in the match in this first half. I’m surprised Chelsea hasn’t scored yet.

    • Graeme_Souness's Mustache of Power says:

      If Norwich played with this kind of defensive steel more often, they’d be safely midtable.

  3. Christopher Harris says:

    Good half time analysis on NBCSN of the penalty incident. But personally I’m not a big fan of pundits picking different opinions just to be more interesting. I wasn’t convinced that Robbie Earle believed that he thought it shouldn’t have been a penalty, and picked that opinion just to be more confrontational on TV.

  4. Aaron says:

    What in the world is going on the today’s commentary? Terry plays the man but that’s not a penalty. Hazard isn’t even touched and it is. One of those matches where the worst bottling is being committed in the press booth.

  5. Flyvanescence says:

    Well Chelsea are likely out of this

  6. CassanovaFrankenstein says:

    Mourinho, architect of failure.

    • Remy says:

      Well, I am sure Wenger enjoyed that one. I don’t like Arsenal but they are entertaining to watch, Chelsea, on the other hand, are so boring. I switched channels to watch the Atletico Madrid game.

  7. Brian says:

    Well done to Rebecca for pointing out Mourinho’s hypocrisy. When Chelsea park the bus it’s OK but when others do it to Chelsea he complains.

  8. Skirr says:

    Chelsea are clearly saving their strength for the Champions League. Wait, that’s not it.

  9. Chelsea Ren says:

    What % of the worlds population do you think are morons?

  10. Chelsea are unwatchable. All that talent and boring as hell.


    • thebennyp says:

      So when Chelsea have 71 percent possession and 23 shots it’s boring and unwatchable? In the EPL they’ve scored more goals than everybody but Liverpool and City. So stop spewing this anti football rhetoric. Sure they’ve played like that in Europe, but when the mighty Real Madrid and their firepower have 28 percent possession against Bayern and win 1-0 it’s an amazing footballing feat. Put your hatred of Mourinho or Chelsea aside.

  11. Yespage says:

    Well this weekend is a good example why Man City will likely win the Title.

  12. Graeme_Souness's Mustache of Power says:

    Oh look, Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry bearing down on the referee, i’ve never seen THAT happen before.

    So ****ing tedious, that’s our Chelsea.

  13. Graeme_Souness's Mustache of Power says:

    Benitez was the better gaffer. The Oscar-Mata-Hazard mid was magical compared to the skullduggering drudgery that is Mou unleashed.

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