Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

A full day of English Premier League action awaits as the British isle’s annual celebration of the day after Christmas commences.

Kicking off the day, Manchester United visits Hull City knowing that a victory can help David Moyes’ squad jump up to sixth place in the standings. Later in the morning, U.S. Men’s National Team stars Jozy Altidore and Tim Howard face off when Sunderland travels to Everton, while Arsenal plays in their second London derby in four days when West Ham United hosts the Gunners.

Finally, the day wraps up with two of the highest-scoring sides in the Premier League facing off at the Etihad Stadium. Luis Suarez takes on Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo in what could be one of the best matches to watch all season.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action. (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):

7:45am – Hull City vs. Manchester United – NBC Sports Network

10am – West Ham United vs. Arsenal – NBC Sports Network

10am – Everton vs. Sunderland – Premier League Extra Time/NBC Sports Live Extra

10am – Chelsea vs. Swansea City - Premier League Extra Time/NBC Sports Live Extra

10am – Newcastle vs. Stoke City - Premier League Extra Time/NBC Sports Live Extra

10am – Norwich City vs. Fulham - Premier League Extra Time/NBC Sports Live Extra

10am – Tottenham vs. West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Extra Time/NBC Sports Live Extra

10am – St. Johnstone vs. Celtic – Fox Soccer Plus

12:15pm – Blackpool vs. Leeds United – beIN Sport USA

12:30pm – Manchester City vs. Liverpool – NBC Sports Network

2:30pm – Nottingham Forest vs. Queens Park Rangers – beIN Sport USA

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60 Responses to Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Joe says:

    So is Dempsey the only MLS player that will be going on loan this offseason? And will Brek Shea, Maurice Edu, Oguchi Onyewu and Juan Agudelo find playing time somewhere at the start of the new year?

    • Sly says:

      This and more will be answered on the next episode of Silly Season.

    • Brett says:

      I feel like someone has to take a chance on Agudelo at some point and just give him minutes. I have the feeling that he’s more of a gamer than a training stud, and the skills he brings simply don’t shine in MLS. I think he and Johannson are our strike pair of the future. The two of them in sync would be a handful for any CB pair in the world.

    • TomG says:

      Relax. The window isn’t even open yet.

      • Joe says:

        “Relax”, lol. Do you have anything of substance to add to the conversation Tommy? If not, leave this discussion to the grown-ups.

        • Joey says:

          I believe Relax is the key word today Joe – make sure you relax! An adult would take that comment pretty easily and not flare up like a child. Say you – say me – say it together.

        • Anthony says:

          uh oh…”little Joe” is sensitive..

          • TomG says:

            Yes, maybe little Joe didn’t get the Suzie Talksalot doll he asked for Xmas. Dont be so sensitive, dude. You seems stressed that Deuce was the only announced move so far. I’m just reassuring you that there’s a long month of transfer activity ahead of us. Have some decaf and chill.

  2. Sly says:

    United losing and Liverpool winning would probably be too much to hope for.

  3. Locus says:

    Jozy not in starting XI for Sunderland

  4. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    Could the league just relegate Sunderland now and spare us from five months of having to be subjected to watching their awfulness?

  5. Dave says:

    Cameron with a nice run into the box and pass to Adam. Playing with confidence.

  6. cj says:

    Off goes Howard. That was brutal

  7. JSmiley says:

    Red card for Timmeh.

  8. cj says:

    It is a red card Boxing day. Two for Stoke in first half

  9. Brant says:

    Stoke’s coming apart at the seams. Had 2 men sent off and missing Mark Hughes too (tho that may be a bet gain there)
    Newcastle penalty just saved – unbelievable…

  10. YO says:

    Why is the Sunderland coach doe not introduce a second striker an increase the pressure?

    • CroCajun1003 says:

      Why would this make any tactical sense?

      You’re the last place team in the league. You’re playing a top 4 team. Jesus just handed you a man advantage and an early goal. You want to take off a defender and add a striker?

  11. Ted Lasso says:

    Within 5 minutes in the Stoke match there have been 2 Stoke players sent off as well as Mark Hughes, a penalty saved, a goal a minute later and then 2 more players booked.

  12. Johnson says:

    WHY DID JOZY GET BENCHED? HE IS THE BESST AND NEEDS BETTER SERVICE!

    • Increase says:

      I mean… in all honesty? 3 games in 1 week was prolly a bad idea. 4 game in 2 weeks would be worse. 1 of those went to OT. (I can say that right because Extra time would be ET. And then I just think about aliens and bicycles.)

  13. Andy in Atlanta says:

    I am no Stoke supporter…quite the opposite actually but this is one if the bigger referee screw jobs I have ever seen…

  14. ManicMessiah says:

    Newcastle better win this game, because every decision that could go against Stoke so far has gone against them.

  15. usaalltheway says:

    Can someone tell me how Howard got that red?

    I didn’t even know there were games today. Thank you Facebook!! :D

    • Michael Stypulkoski says:

      There are always games on Boxing Day. It’s like the NFL on Thanksgiving.

      • usaalltheway says:

        Thanks!

        Since I am not British and don’t have too much interested in the country, other than football, I had forgotten about Boxing Day. Therefore, I wasn’t aware of the games.

        Again, thanks for the information. Now I know! :)

  16. John says:

    Just put on the Everton match and if I didn’t know, I would have thought it was Sunderland down a man.

  17. Andy in Atlanta says:

    message to the Premier League…. if you don’t show the audience the result of the use of goal line technology… how is anyone to believe you are actually using it and it works.

    Fulham had one that certainly looked very very close to crossing the line and pushed back out by the keeper… fine if it is no goal but SHOW IT…

  18. john.q says:

    altidore’s in on the 86th minute

  19. beachbum says:

    Walcott making all the right plays and the differences for Arsenal. He showed some fight and spirit vs. Chelsea in that hard core slugfest earlier this week after being away, and that has carried over. playing really well, very aggressive.

  20. beachbum says:

    Sunderland playing with belief since that extra time win vs. Chelsea. what a difference some belief makes, just ask Santa Claus

    • usaalltheway says:

      They looked good…expect for the final third.

      I only caught the second half but they still seem lost once then get into the final third.

      • John says:

        I thought they actually looked worse in possession up a man then they had in weeks. Just seemed to hold on in the second half.

        • beachbum says:

          agreed, less possession but so much more commitment. it’s pretty clear to see I think but maybe it’s just me. They concede at least a goal if this game was played two weeks ago or before imo, probably lose it somehow

          • Fredo says:

            I haven’t seen many Sunderland games, but I agree about commitment. Team looked to be on same page defesively and comfortable with Borini on left and Fletcher up top. Jozy did help with preserving 3 points during his short stint.

    • CroCajun1003 says:

      And they’ve closed the gap to 1 point with a favorable remaining schedule and an away game to Cardiff City Saturday

      • AcidBurn says:

        Jozy to score against Cardiff, book it.

        Actually, more likely to book a Jozy start, nobody passes him the ball, he makes a few plays, gets 1 half chance that he misses which starts a long discussion between Jozy supporters (he’s the best player on their team but gets no service) vs Jozy detractors (1 goal in xx EPL games doesn’t cut it).

        • CroCajun1003 says:

          Considering the game is in two days and Fletcher started today I’d say it’s pretty good chance Jozy starts Saturday

        • Brett says:

          The fact that he was rested today suggests he will start. I don’t see the need to polarize the fans though. I don’t think he’s the best player on his team but I also can’t tell you he’s played terribly either. Sunderland’s struggles go beyond a single player.

        • usaalltheway says:

          AcidBurn is right. That is EXACTLY what is going to happen.

          It would be funny if it weren’t true. :(

          Here is to hoping I am wrong.

  21. Joe says:

    Liverpool got robbed there. Suarez is the best in the world, at the moment.

  22. beachbum says:

    Sakho falling apart for Liverpool, MC smell the blood in the water and are pressuring him hard

    great fun back and forth game, great link up play both teams

  23. Citronomics says:

    Ay Caramba! You’ve got to bury that one young Mr. Sterling.

  24. beachbum says:

    best test yet for MCity at home but 3 points anyway 2-1. fun day of games today! cheers

  25. usaalltheway says:

    IMHO the best striker in the world is that goofy-looking, big-tooth, Uruguayan. He is just too good for his own business. There are many gifted players on the field these days but as far as pure number 9′s, Suarez is the man.

    Too bad he is such a jerk.