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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 3: Open Thread

number 3 Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 3: Open Thread

The third week of the Premier League kicks off today with 7 matches on deck. But most importantly, it’s the final Saturday action for two weeks due to the international break starting next week.

For viewers in the United States, the games will be shown on:

Burnley vs Manchester United, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Manchester City vs Stoke, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra and movie theaters
QPR vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Swansea vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
West Ham vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra
Everton vs Chelsea, 12:30pm, NBC and mun2 and NBC Sports Live Extra

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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74 Responses to Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 3: Open Thread

  1. Marc L says:

    Well there you go jtm. 0-1 to Forest. Who very well may be on their way up it seems.

  2. Jake says:

    The system that’s supposed to cover up the defensive deficiencies of the individual CBs is at fault for the lack of creativity.
    Burnley are simply marking up the Wingbacks and pushing up on the ball carrier. Nothing they’re doing is revolutionary in the pressing department but the simple get a man in his face adage. Neither Valencia or Young have provided any level of creativity or ability to beat their fullbacks.
    Switch to a 4-3-3 and sub off one of Rooney or RVP. They’ll never have a partnership. Neither has the awareness of the other. You can’t play 2 strikers in the modern game unless you have a strong midfield which this team clearly doesn’t.
    I expect a formation change. Doesn’t make any sense to have an extra CB when you can’t score.
    I think sentimentality aside Fletcher needs to go. The Ulcerative Colitis has badly destroyed his body but that doesn’t give the club an excuse to keep him around. He’s slow and ponderous and isn’t half the player he was.

  3. jtm371 says:

    Welcome back Marc L great to hear from you and the stick. Half hour to go trying to contain myself very early out West.

  4. jtm371 says:

    Marc L
    I thought you might have had a Euro trade deal go bad and you ended up in a gulag. :)

    Your boys are flying high tore Pool apart and that is never a bad thing.

  5. Flyvanescence says:

    Have to say im thoroughly enjoying this :-D

  6. goatslookshifty says:

    So Rooney and Dimaria are earning half a million pounds between them this week and Man United still can’t score against Burnley?

  7. Smokey Bacon says:

    Watching in Canada today. Their coverage is terrible. Danny Dichio is their Warren Barton. We are so spoiled by NBC.

    3-5-2 is not working for United. Playing everything through the middle is too easy for Burnley. Mata is invisible and no service for Rooney or RVP. Is LVG too stubborn to change it?

  8. Jake says:

    If Rooney doesn’t get subbed off then club politics are surely at play.
    Doesn’t make sense to keep on playing Mata and Januzaj on the bench when the latter is far more direct which is what the team needs more.
    I can probably put that down to Woodward.

  9. Jake says:

    No words to describe for this substitution. Doesn’t make any sense at all to play Anderson.
    He adds nothing to the game.

  10. jtm371 says:


    0/1 Forest it is going to be a great weekend. :) Life is good wish it was March and top of the table.

  11. Jake says:

    That’s a great stop from Barnes with his hands.
    Januzaj coming on now is completely redundant. He has 5 minutes to affect the game and that should be his acclamation period.

  12. jtm371 says:

    Poor call from Foy should have been a penalty. You have your arms and hands that high and away from your body that is a penalty.

    • Flyvanescence says:

      Hit his chest did it not? At the pub with an eye on this game and on the Penn State game so wasnt sure

      • Guy says:

        I hate it when my brain freezes. You’d think as a Penn State grad I would have had the game time down pat. Completely forgot! Got it now. Thanks! :-)

  13. Smokey Bacon says:

    United can spend all the money they want. It’s the formation that is now the problem. If he persists with playing players out of position in this 3-5-2 he will go the same way as Moyes. It’s that simple. LVG to resign by Christmas. You heard it here first!

    • Flyvanescence says:

      By that time Big Sham will be free :-)

    • Jeff says:

      The bigger problem is Man Utd’s confidence has been drained. They are playing at the moment as if they simply don’t know how to build scoring opportunities/plays let alone scoring.

      • Jake says:

        These are professional footballers not toddlers. Confidence has nothing to do with Evans making 2 terrible back passes in 2 consecutive games.
        It’s a combination of lack of ability and poor coaching.

    • Jake says:

      Everyone is playing in a preferred position in the 3-5-2. The problem isn’t guys playing out of position but rather the rigidity of the system itself.
      The WBs are extremely deep and offer no creativity which spells disaster.
      Only one player United have bought this summer featured today and that was Di Maria.
      The coach has been at fault for every result so far imo. For some reason that hasn’t picked up enough traction imo.

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        Valencia and Young playing in their preferred positions? The back three look real comfortable too. Even Di Maria in central midfield? All this to accommodate Mata, Rooney and RVP? Madness. It will end in tears.

        • Jake says:

          Would the defense be better off with 2 Clowns or 3 Clowns?
          The Back 3/4 would be uncomfortable playing with 4 players either way.
          Young and Valencia are doing a Job defensively but the problem is attacking. They aren’t beating the first man out and they end up passing back.
          The system itself doesn’t make Johnny Evans play poor back passes.

  14. Frill Artist says:

    No clue why Anderson is still a United player. He hasn’t had any assists or goals since 2012!!!!!

  15. goatslookshifty says:

    At this rate, Utd are poised to rack up 36 points. Might need to start planning my Fridays just to watch them play next season.

  16. jtm371 says:

    Shrek is a joke and now Captain for England not my choice.

  17. jtm371 says:

    thanks for the great video. Great win for Bradford and the victims Dirty Leeds what else could be better :).

  18. jtm371 says:

    KUN with a brace today! :)

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      If we’re going to get beat could you make it a hat-trick. I’ve got mony on a 3-0 result.

      • Flyvanescence says:

        Dont understand betting against ones own team to be honest. Actually not a gambling man at all but even if i were i wouldnt be able to bet against my team.

        • IanCransonsKnees says:

          Softens the blow of a defeat if you win, plus if your bet loses then you’ve usually done better than you thought.

          I know more about my own team than others so I might have a chance to get one over on the bookies either way.

          That said i’m not going to win that one today.

  19. Bo says:

    West Ham got Song on loan? wow.

  20. Guy says:

    So Bardsley gets a card for that love tap, but there was nothing on the other end? This is an outrage!……. ;-)

  21. Guy says:

    Scoreless at half? Pellegrini OUT! :-)

  22. Jake says:

    That’s a clear penalty Stoke were denied.
    I can see a goal from City coming preferably from Silva. I may take some stick but imo he’s the best player in the premier league. He’s the perfect no.10 and he defends plus he can play wide. Can’t find a significant weakness in his game at all.

  23. Guy says:

    Oh my!! :-:

  24. Guy says:

    No way we withstand this pressure. Need a break.

  25. Jake says:

    Charlie Adams pulling a Johnny Evans I see.

  26. Frill Artist says:

    That had to be the nerviest 4 minutes for Stoke fans. Lol.

  27. Guy says:

    Doesn’t get much better than today. Stoke pulls off a stunner and Penn State wins on a game ending field goal. :-)

  28. Todd says:

    The enigma that is Wilfried Zaha. Perhaps more proof that United was too big a club for him.

  29. Iancransonsknees says:

    Since we scored I’ve just cleaned the bathroom and ironed my shirts for work, anything to avoid seeing an update.

    I’ll be able to wear my Stoke top with a little pride now at Vancouver and Seattle.

    The best present I’ve had for my birthday (the missus shouldn’t see this).

    Gaffer, still predicting 17th for Swansea? Monk for United?

  30. Iancransonsknees says:

    Just seen Diouf’s goal. Bloody hell!

    Hughes has done what he should have done at the start of the season, gone back to the side that finished the season and gradually blended the new signings in.

  31. CTBlues says:


  32. Iancransonsknees says:

    Got Costa and Ivanovic in my fantasy team, bonus!

  33. R.O says:

    My frustration with NBC continues, not with their broadcast quality or commentators (some are a bit too chatty – but it’s ok) but with only showing one game on broadcast TV at the 10 am (EDT) slot.

    NBC could show one game on NBCSN and one game on CNBC. Today was a good example. Missed the Newcastle game or the Swan game.

    And NO I don’t want to watch games online but if that will be the only option ever then fix/improved Live Extra online. It’s crap vs ESPN3.

    This is really the one thing I’d like to see NBC change/improve. Show 2 games at the 10 am slot.

    Now with Comcast (with owns NBC) I’d like to see the other change and that is show the On Demand games in both SD and HD. Some of us can’t afford getting HD package.

  34. Flyvanescence says:

    Did not see that coming. Oof.

    Dzeko (as usual when we lose) should have started. Gives a contrast to all our small attackers and a focal point, yet still very technical and has good link up. Jovetic, Nasri and Aguero are a bit alike in their game and i dont think all 3 are necessary.

    • Guy says:

      I was surprised (but pleased) he was only on the pitch for 27 minutes. He gives your squad a whole other dimension I was quite happy not to see for most of the match.

  35. Todd says:

    From watching the halftime highlights of everton v chelsea these linesmen are doing a really poor job. Perhaps just the one actually. Looked like 4 bad calls from him that have affected the game.

  36. Todd says:

    Wow. This match. Good promotion for the Premier League on NBC today.

  37. francis says:

    Boring boring Chelsea

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