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Saturday Schedule – Open Thread

Written by on March 5, 2011 | 17 Comments »
Posted in General

Premier League

Birmingham v West Brom

Birmingham Carling Cup winners 2011 does have a ring to it but with relegation very much a threat McLeish will need to ensure that there is no Cup winning hangover.

West Brom is side that has not won for a while but have drawn their last three matches – against West Ham they threw away a 3 goal lead then in games against Wolves and Stoke a late goal each time from Carlos Vela saved a point for West Brom.

West Brom have now gone 26 Premier League games without a clean sheet. Their only clean sheet this season came in the second game of the season when they beat Sunderland 1-0.

Arsenal v Sunderland

Sunderland have also lost their last four matches and any ambition to break into the top five has been replaced by the ambition to stay ahead of the other 15 Premier League sides.

They looked to be a very dispirited against Everton and you wonder if the losses to Chelsea & Tottenham at home knocked the stuffing out of the

After Arsenal there are games against Liverpool (h), and Manchester City (a) – a tough run.

What line up will Wenger put out – will he find a place for Aaron Ramsey? And a statistical note – Arsenal has the best record against teams in the bottom half; but only 7th against teams in the top half.

Other Saturday games in the Premier League include:

Bolton v Aston Villa,  Fulham v Blackburn,  Newcastle v Everton,  West Ham v Stoke,  and Manchester City v Wigan.

SERIE A

Juventus v AC Milan

Juventus have fired managers in the previous two seasons and you have to believe that Luigi Delneri is very close to becoming a third casualty.

Juve have lost 6 of their last 10 league matches and what had looked at Christmas to be a promising campaign has turned very ugly with the side now sitting 7th in the league table but slipping fast.

They are 17 points behind Milan and have lost successive matches to Lecce and Bologna

Milan are riding high in Serie A  – unbeaten in their last 10 Serie A matches Milan lead the league and second place Inter are 5 points behind.

Bundesliga

Hannover (3rd 44 points) is enjoying their best ever season and has Bayern Munich (4th – 42 points) as visitors.

La Liga

Barcelona are at home to 15th placed Real Zaragoza who have relegation troubles top of mind. They are only two points above Sporting Gijon who currently occupy the final relegation spot.

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17 responses to “Saturday Schedule – Open Thread”

  1. GO FOREST YOU REDS says:

    TVN
    well have you had your morning meeting with AW to get the lineup set.so will the Gunners show up or will it be the Gooners

    Birm/WBA is awful first half

  2. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    And another fine La Liga match today right after the Barça v Zaragoza match. It is likely the best match this week in La Liga @ 16:00 EST Atletico Madrid v Villarreal.

    One note GFYR, Gunners is the name of the team while Gooners is the name of the club’s supporters. So let’s hope it’s a day for both this fine Saturday.

    Go you Gunners!!! Up the Arse!!!

  3. GO FOREST YOU REDS says:

    Black Cats use up a few of their nine lives!tough break for the gunners couple of poor calls on AA.Mignolet player of the match.

  4. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Same old rollercoaster ride. Never a dull moment in Goonerville. Should never have selected Denilson to start before Chamakh in the first place. Lost points before it started. And the refs didn’t help in the end. Another day at the office for Arsenal.

  5. Rahul says:

    for what its worth, I think Chamakh should start against Barca. His link up is just better than Bendtner’s. Big Denilson fan here, but man, he has been out of it for a while now.

  6. CDNGooner14 says:

    Terrible reffereeing in the Arsenal game! Worthy of a Champion’s League performance!

  7. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Denilson has a fan? Are you family Rahul?

  8. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    I’m sure there are those who will try to convince me that Juventus v Milan was a barn burner. If Gattuso is the MotM then that is all I need to know. Wouldn’t be watching if it weren’t for technical difficulties at GolTV and La Liga. I’d rather watch Syracuse roundball.

  9. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Rossi golazo!

  10. Ligue Un – 7 games today and a grand total of 4 goals. All the goals came in one goal wins and six of the games were 0-0 at half time.

  11. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Not a goal fest across many leagues today Bobby. Still, much to talk about though.

  12. Soccerlogical says:

    Top keeper performances thus far this week are Mignolet and a “possessed” Michael Rensing of Cologne.

  13. redfan says:

    Looks like your worst fears were realised Bobby and Woy walked into a Brum hangover, which turned into a mini nightmare. What a come down to earth after the party.

    Now for tomorrow’s offering………..I wish………..

  14. Soccerlogical says:

    How many times is Klasnic gonna save Bolton, only for Coyle to keep using him as a sub….. BORIS??????????????/

    LOL

  15. SL – The same Michael Rensing that formerly backed up Oliver Kahn at Bayern Munich?

  16. Soccerlogical says:

    Yes sir.

    Rensing’s second half performance against Dortmund on Friday.must have been “inspired” by a concoction from Kolo Toure’s and Charlie Sheen’s medicine cabinets!

  17. Rossoneri Red Devil says:

    Morrison’s strike….wow. Davies didn’t exactly defend it well, but we’ll see that one on the end of the year highlight reel.

    A Gattuso left footed strike had to be the lowpoint of Buffon’s career. Ibra looked out of it. Starting to wonder if never resting him is beginning to wear him down.

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