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Open Thread For An Odd Saturday

Written by on October 29, 2011 | 19 Comments »
Posted in General

Before 10.00 a.m. EST tomorrow Manchester United, Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea will have all played and can sit back and enjoy the rest of the weekend or bemoan their fate and make an early start to Halloween.

Manchester City against Wolves looks to be the pick or the regular “3 o’clock kick-offs” and then Liverpool is away to West Brom in the supper time game.

Inter Milan and Juventus follows Roma at home to Milan in Serie A.

We only have one MLS play off game on Saturday and that has Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake in the first leg match.

And please remember that you can get an extra hour of shut-eye on Sunday morning due to the time change. The US and Canada doesn’t flip till the following week I believe.

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19 responses to “Open Thread For An Odd Saturday”

  1. Gus Keri says:

    This is quite horrible.

    For the next few hours, I have to listen to Bobby bragging about Arsenal being higher than Liverpool in the EPL table.

  2. J says:

    Stunning game at Stamford Bridge.

    Santos was terrifying in defense, but only burned once. RvP hat trick. Villas-Boas will no doubt go on and on about Scezney deserving red.

    Malouda hung Terry out to dry. And made a wealthy photographer out of anyone who got a shot of the defender with his face in the grass.

  3. Gus Keri says:

    It’s a strange day. Most of the big teams won away.

    Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd, AC Milan and now Juventus.

    I hope this trend goes in reverse tomorrow. I don’t want the away team to win in NYC.

  4. Gus Keri says:

    ACN 2012 finals draw:

    Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Libya and Zambia

    Grouop B: Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Sudan and Angola

    Group C: Gabon, Morocco, Tunisia, Niger.

    Group D: Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Botswana

    As expected, favorites Ivory Coast and Ghana were handed difficult groups but both should make it to the next round and should meet in the final game.

    But in Africa, what should happens, almost never happens.
    Any of the other teams in group B and D are capable of causing the upset and eliminate the favorites.

    Morocco and Tunisia should progress from group C inspite of the presence of the co-host Gabon.

    Libya was handed a very good group. They should make it through with Senegal. They already met Zambia in the qualification and got 4 points out of 6. Equatorial Guinea is probably the weakest of the whole tournament bunch.

  5. Gus Keri says:

    Mini EPL table:

    Here is how the top 6 English teams did against each other:
    (Newcastle is not included, yet)

    Rank – Team: GP (W-D-L) GF-GA [Points]

    1- Manchester United: 5 (3-1-1) 16-10 [10]
    2- Manchester City: 2 (2-0-0) 11-2 [6]
    3- Tottenham: 4 (2-0-2) 11-2 [6]
    4- Liverpool: 3 (1-1-1) 3-5 [4]
    5- Arsenal: 4 (1-0-3) 8-15 [3]
    5- Chelsea: 2 (0-0-2) 4-8 [0]

    Notes:

    It’s strange that it is the 10th week and Man Utd already played all of the other top 6 teams.
    4 of Man Utd games were at home.

    Man City played only two games and both were away and won both of them with massive scores

    Chelsea was everyone’s pick to fight with the top two for the title. It seems that they will fight with the other 3 teams for the last two spots in the UCL.

  6. John Bladen says:

    Gus, are you sure you won’t have to listen to that all year?

    As discussed some weeks/months ago (just as the window closed if I remember rightly), with all the changes we wouldn’t see the ‘real’ Arsenal until November.

    Now, I still don’t believe the Gunners have what it takes to win/retain a European spot next year (and it seems unlikely that AW will go on a spending spree in January… but additional help on defense wouldn’t go amiss)… but the talk about ‘bottom half’ or relegation thrown about by some in this forum (and elsewhere) two months ago was idiotic.

  7. Gus Keri says:

    John:

    At least I don’t have to listen to it for the net few days, or until they play again.

    It looks like it might go until the last game of the season between Liveprool and the three London clubs to see who join the two Manchester teams.

  8. Gus Keri says:

    NYRB – LAG: 0-1 at the half

    The best defense of the league is playing to its reputation.
    They didn’t give NYRB any clear look at goal.
    While the Galaxy had a goal and they could’ve been 3 or 4 goals up by the half time.

  9. John Bladen says:

    Gus:

    You mean you aren’t sold on the season-long potential of Newcastle or Norwich City?

  10. Gus Keri says:

    John:

    No, I am not.

    Newcastle played two games against top 6 teams (Arsenal and Tottenham). Both at home and both ended in a draw.
    There are a lot of points to be lost for them, starting tomorrow against Stoke.

    Norwich? Are you serious?
    All the three promoted teams are playing well so far but to finish in the top 6? No way.

  11. Gus Keri says:

    NYRB – LAG: 0-1 full time

    Game of two halfs
    The first half dominated by the LA defense
    The second half dominated by the LA goalkeeper

    Sounders had some of the most magnificent saves.

    Marquez again disgraced himself.

    For the Red Bulls, the game is 180 minutes long and there are 90 minutes more to play.

    So, every thing is possible

  12. John Bladen says:

    Gus wrote: “Norwich? Are you serious?”

    No, and I hate it when I have to explain jokes… Plenty of ink about Newcastle’s start, but I feel the same way. Call me when they’ve come away from 5 games with top teams with 12 or more points… not likely.

  13. Real test for Newcastle is about to start
    Stoke tomorrow away then
    05/11 Everton (H)
    19/11 Man City (A)
    26/11 Man Utd (A)
    03/12 Chelsea (H)

  14. Gus Keri says:

    Bobby:

    So far, you are spot on with your predictions for the MLS quarterfinals.

    I think you should check your temperature. You might be having some kind of fever.

  15. J Rob says:

    Gus – still early in the season but Spurs have played like a title-challenging team since the acquisition of Parker and Adebayor. On current form I don’t see Liverpool or Arsenal beating them to 4th place. Arsenal will continue to leak goals without massive defensive improvement and without Louis Suarez I don’t see where Liverpool’s goals come from. I think the stats would show he has scored or been involved in 75% of their goals. They are one injury away from stalling.

  16. Alec says:

    I think Spurs and Chelsea are in by far the best positions for Champions League spots because of their depth. Arsenal and Liverpool are almost totally reliant on van Persie and Suarez respectively to have any real attacking edge. If either gets injured for any serious amount of time, it could be very bad for their clubs.

    Spurs are still a top striker short in my opinion, but they still have one of if not the best midfields in the league. Spurs now have a pretty straightforward run of games that takes them to January. The worst test they’ll face is Chelsea at WHL in late December. If Spurs can keep this momentum going and do a bit of good business in January then they could be within a shout of third. Scottie Parker can’t get enough credit for serving as a midfield general for Spurs. His drive and motivation are exactly what Spurs needed and the lack of it is probably what cost them fourth last year.

  17. Gus – not my predictions. Pulled at random.

  18. If Spurs win their game in hand they are a point better off than they were at this stage last season compared to the top two.

    VDV has scored 33% of Spurs goals; Suarez has scored 22% of Liverpool’s goals; VP has scored 50% of Arsenal. Spurs have scored 18 with 7 different players scoring. Liverpool 14 from 7 plus 2 ogs; Arsenal 20 from 9 different players.

  19. J Rob says:

    Bobby: I think you’d agree that the raw stats don’t do justice to how important Suarez is to Liverpool. If he gets injured I’d expect Charlie Adam to play higher up in a 4-5-1. VDV took his goal superbly today. Maybe being a big critical but though Czech might have done better yesterday with goals 2,3 and 5. All well struck shots but not that far from where he was positioned in each case.

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