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EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 29

One hundred matches to go! (103 with a few make-ups on March 9 and April 20.)  And can anyone remember such a wide open season, with great races for the title, for Europe, for relegation?  Most of these 100 are going to be fascinating!  Can’t wait til May Day with United’s visit to the Emirates.  (And they could meet before that, of course, in both the FA Cup and Champions League!!)  You all know the 4-star match this weekend, of course, and then we have 8 more stars for the Gunners visit to the Camp Nou and Milan’s return leg at White Hart Lane mid-week.  Enjoy the matches!!

****:  Must-see.  Cancel all other activities.  Do not even DVR as even in America you might hear the score!
:  Strong match; worth watching live; DVR a must if you can’t see live
**:   Flip through quickly to see the goals, red cards, injuries, and perhaps watch the last 5 minutes + injury time if close
*:    Only if you’re a die-hard

Matches shown in chronological order:

Saturday, March 5 (all times EST)
*** Birmingham v West Brom, 7:45 am, ESPN2/ESPND & [Jones]
Birmingham’s season already made with the trophy hoisted at Wembley; they could return a second time!  Just need a few more points to ensure not being dragged down into the relegation scrap.  And this local derby would be a great time to get 3.

*** Arsenal v Sunderland, 10 am, FSC/FD [Taylor]

** Newcastle v Everton, 10 am, FS+ & [Webb]

* Fulham v Blackburn, 10 am, & noon (delayed) FS+ [Clattenburg]

*** Bolton v Aston Villa, 10 am, & 5 pm (delayed) FSC [Friend]

** West Ham v Stoke, 10 am, & Sunday 11 am (delayed) FS+ [Marriner]
I think this is a better match than the Fulham-Blackburn one and am surprised, after what the Hammers did to Liverpool last weekend, that Fox is delaying this one all the way til Sunday.

** Man City v Wigan, 12:30 pm, FSC/FD [Attwell]

Sunday, March 6

Liverpool v Man Utd, 8:30 am, FSC/FD [Dowd]
Two angry sides from last week’s losses.  Liverpool were badly outplayed at Upton Park, while United feel they were at the wrong end of numerous calls.  Of course, Rooney should not have even been on the pitch at the Bridge, so hard for me to accept Sir Alex’s complaints.  I don’t think we’ll be seeing Messrs Clattenburg or Atkinson refereeing a key United or Chelsea match.  Berbatov obviously comes back into the side after what he did to Liverpool at Old Trafford, but it’s Suarez salivating about no Vidic, no Ferdinand for this one.  What was Vidic thinking, taking that ridiculous second yellow in injury time?

*** Wolverhampton v Tottenham, 11 am, FSC/FD [Halsey]
This will not be an easy fixture for the visitors, with Wolves still desperate for points.

Monday,  March 7
*** Blackpool v Chelsea, 3 pm, ESPN2/ESPND & [Dean]
And talk about a difficult place to visit.  As Spurs found out, you can have a historic win one night, then have to go to the seaside and battle the tough Tangerines in your next match.

Tuesday, March 8
**** Barcelona (1) v Arsenal (2), Champions League leg 2, 2:45 pm, FSC/FD
A pretty perfect halftime scoreline entering this one.  A shame that one of these sides has to be knocked out so early as each would be fun to see in the quarterfinals. 

Wednesday, March 9
**** Tottenham (1) v AC Milan (0), Champions League leg 2, 2:45 pm, FSC/FD
Bale still struggling to get fit.  Milan are still confident they can score an away goal or two and advance.

** Everton v Birmingham, 3 pm, & 5 pm (delayed) FS+ [Walton]
Very disappointing season for the Toffees.

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  1. EvertonfanKY

    March 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

    No wonder I don’t wanna be paying $4.99 when David The Setpic Tank writes poor articles like this and can’t be bothered writing a decent article and saying anything about all the games this weekend.

    David your lazy writer. I could write this article alot better then you can.

    At least show some love and passion for the game.

    • El Tri 2014

      March 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

      EvertonfanKY, I just don’t see any reason for your comments. Nor is David’s article, which is really a shout out for this weekend’s upcoming games, is as bad as your claim to be. I actually like getting to this article to ensure my DVR is set to the right channel. So it’s beneficial to me!

    • The Gaffer

      March 4, 2011 at 10:19 am

      EvertonfanKY, sorry mate but I completely disagree. You may not like David’s articles, but they’re incredibly useful for many fans who want a viewing guide along with his thoughts and opinions each week. It’s one of the most popular articles that readers look forward to each week.

      The Gaffer

      • EvertonfanKY

        March 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        But at the end of the day im giving feedback. He could at least say something about each game. Just a few lines whether it be bad or good.

        A good example is a game he gives 1* could turn out to be the best game of the premier league.

        I will do an article if thats ok with Gaffer?

        Gaffer any objections?

        • The Gaffer

          March 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm

          No objections at all. Send it to thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com and if it’s good enough, it’ll appear in print. Thanks.

          The Gaffer

    • Guy

      March 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

      “David your lazy writer. I could write this article alot better then you can.”

      Have at it. Write it up and submit it to The Gaffer. Then we can be enlightened by your erudition.

    • MilotiNY

      March 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      EvertonfanKY – “David your lazy writer. I could write this article alot better then you can.”

      This says it all how good of a writer you would be.

  2. hater

    March 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    while i appreciate the effort that goes into this weekly article, why does the author always seem to take a jab at manchester united? keep your bias to yourself and just give us the match info please.

    • MilotiNY

      March 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Dude – it’s a blog. Bloggers can be bias. Get over it.

  3. Terence

    March 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Saturday’s Arsenal vs Sunderland game could be a good one. Sunderland are one of the upcoming teams in the EPL pushing for a Europa league spot. This could be a very tricky game for Arsenal who will also have one eye on the Barcelona game in midweek. I can see a draw in this one.

    Sunday’s Liverpool vs Manchester United is always a big game regardless of their positions in the table. Don’t be surprised to see Ferdinand play. Fergie has a history of deceiving opponents about their injuries. This is United’s fourth away game in a row and it will be interesting to see how they cope. They have the squad to cope with injuries but the fact that they have not been that good away from home most of the season is reason to worry. Liverpool may no longer be a top 4 side but they can still put in a decent perfromance once in a while against the likes of Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal. Hope this is a cracker to view.

  4. El Tri 2014

    March 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Saturday Mar 5th
    Birmingham v West Brom 2-1, Arsenal v Sunderland 2-0, Newcastle v Everton 1-1, Fulham v Blackburn 2-1, Bolton v Aston Villa 1-3, West Ham v Stoke 2-0, Man City v Wigan 4-0
    Sunday, March 6
    Liverpool v Man Utd 1-2, Wolverhampton v Tottenham 2-2
    Monday, March 7
    Blackpool v Chelsea, 3-1
    Tuesday, March 8
    Barcelona (1) v Arsenal (2), 4-0
    Wednesday, March 9
    Tottenham (1) v AC Milan (0), 1-1 (PEN 6-5)
    Everton v Birmingham, 2-0

    • uh

      March 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      If Spurs and Milan finish 1-1 at WHL, then it’s all over. Spurs 2-1 agg.

  5. jinhuangdi

    March 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

    It’s comfirmed, Arsenal will be meeting Manchester United in the FA Cup. But Ferguson is at it again! This time he is lashing out at the match officials and referee for awarding a “soft” penalty in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea….Alex Ferguson should not sully his reputation… Read my post “Alex Ferguson Should Not Sully His Reputaion”

  6. Earl Reed

    March 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Well, let’s shoot for 2 in a row for picking upsets. I’ll pick Sunderland at the Emirates. Sunderland has been in a funk, losing 4 in a row. Those four losses were in a difficult stretch of Chelsea (looking to avenge the 3-0 at Stamford Bridge), Stoke, Tottenham, and Everton fresh off their upset of Chelsea in the FA Cup. Bruce needs to get the Black Cats back into the win column. The Gunners are depleted due to injury, and will be tempted to have one eye on Barcelona midweek. They spanked Leyton Orient, but let’s see if Sunderland can get a result against a team in the throes of a stuffed schedule.

    • MNUfan1991

      March 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

      I’d pray to my dear God (the mighty FSM) for that.
      I don’t think I can stand seeing Sarah Nasri’s mug if they win the title.

    • Maybee

      March 3, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Unfortunately, I think you’re right. United dropped points last week and that’s usually the sign that Arsenal will as well – they can never seem to get ahead. I also predict that Wolves will take points off Tottenham, and Liverpool will take 3 pts from United on Sunday. And City has a easy game against Wigan, which means they’ll either (a) win 7-0 or (b) lose.

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