Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates scoring his second goal 5-2

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The task is simple for Manchester City on this Championship Sunday: get a result, win the English Premier League title.

Manchester City have a two-point lead on second-place Liverpool heading into the final day of the EPL season, and they will need a win or a draw at home against struggling West Ham United. The Hammers have dropped their last three matches, while Man City have only lost once at Ethiad Stadium this season. Man City have scored 100 goals so far this season, and they could set a new all-time league record with four goals today in what could be another title-winning Sunday.

If Manchester City slip against West Ham United, all eyes will be on Anfield and second-place Liverpool. The Reds need a win and a Manchester City loss to clinch the EPL title, their first since the 1989-90 season. Liverpool drew 2-2 earlier this season against Newcastle, who snapped a long slide down the EPL table last weekend with a victory against Cardiff City.

After the final day drama in the EPL, La Liga will take center stage as Spain’s three title contenders are in action Sunday. First-place Atletico Madrid will need a win against 13th-place Malaga and some help from relegation-fighting Elche, who face second-place Barcelona, if they want to secure the title in front of their home fans. Third-place Real Madrid will be on the road at Celta Vigo, needing a victory and some positive results to stay in the hunt for the league crown.

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):

9:00am – Livorno vs. Fiorentina – beIN Sports USA

9:00am – Sampdoria vs. Napoli – beIN Sports Play

9:00am – Torino vs. Parma – beIN Sports Play

10:00am – Manchester City vs. West Ham – NBC

10:00am – Liverpool vs. Newcastle – NBCSN

10:00am – Cardiff City vs. Chelsea – CNBC

10:00am – Norwich City vs. Arsenal – MSNBC

10:00am – Southampton vs. Manchester United – SyFy

10:00am – Fulham vs. Crystal Palace – E!

10:00am – Hull City vs. Everton – Bravo

10:00am – Sunderland vs. Swansea City – Esquire Network

10:00am – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa – USA Network

10:00am – West Brom vs. Stoke City – Oxygen

11:00am – Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Sociedad – beIN Sports Play

11:45am – Roma vs. Juventus – beIN Sports Play

12:50pm – Toluca vs. Leon – Univision

1:00pm – Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga – beIN Sports USA

1:00pm – Elche vs. Barcelona – beIN Sports USA

1:00pm – Celta de Vigo vs. Real Madrid – beIN Sports USA

2:30pm – Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy – NBCSN

3:00pm – Colorado Rapids vs. Chivas USA – UniMas

6:00pm – New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders – MLS Direct Kick

7:00pm – Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake – MLS Direct Kick

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113 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Bach's Thumb says:

    10:00am – West Brom vs. Stoke City – Oxygen

    That’s the real War on Women.

  2. malkin says:

    Completely unrelated, but Tim Ream was briefly interviewed yesterday during Red Bulls halftime and some clips were shown of him training with the club this week. Seems that would confirm he’s staying sharp for camp this week, but obviously the question wasn’t affirmatively asked/answered.

  3. Shawn says:

    wtf is up with the bpl games on these weird and awkward channels?

  4. rob says:

    The tv guide for phoenix shows the man city game on NBC coming on one hour late on delay. Hope this is not true.

  5. Destiny says:

    C’MON YOU HAMMERS!!!!!

  6. Joe says:

    There goes all drama for the day. Wow.
    I was going to ask what did Suarez do? I was watching Cameron who was playing well and getting respect from the commentators.

    • Joe says:

      As a matter of fact, Cameron put a cross in that Walters couldn’t nod wide, but did.

      I don’t care which position he plays, Cameron is a must for the starting XI in Brazil.

      • Hogatroge says:

        And yet people continually cite the fact that he “can’t cross” and “is horrible going forward” left and right.

        Is he the greatest crosser ever? No. Was he a pretty lousy crosser when he started playing FB for Stoke? Yes. Has he shown dramatic improvement, especially after 1.5 seasons as a dedicated fullback? Yes.

        Everyone forgets he was always a central player before landing at Stoke. Yet, he’s also an all-around athlete who was destined to improve at underused skills like his crossing with work.

        • beachbum says:

          he’s erratic with his crossing though does fire in some good ones too, and I think that’s the prevailing opinion on this board about him and is relatively accurate although a handful will always cite this or that, etc. And I think most know he played centrally before and is an excellent athlete

        • Brett says:

          He’s about as good at it as our other RB options, but he is petty terrible. His last game for us he had about 5 horrid ones consecutively.

    • Citronomics says:

      Suarez delivered a lovely chip shot on a free kick that beat Krul but initiated play before the ref blew his whistle to restart play.

  7. Citronomics says:

    Good chance for Liverpool on Agger’s header. Straight at the keeper.

  8. Bach's Thumb says:

    So Liverpool scored fairly, but Dowd wasn’t paying attention so he’s going to punish Liverpool?

  9. manicmessiah says:

    Newcastle have basically been on holiday since Cabaye was sold. Will be shocked if Liverpool doesn’t come back.

    • Citronomics says:

      Not if their backline keeps getting shredded on the counter. Could easily be 2-0 Newcastle except for Mingolet’s save (though that shot, while a screamer, was right at him).

  10. Bach's Thumb says:

    On free kicks, there is no whistle to restart play unless the attacking team asks for space or if a card is being administered.

    Neither of those things was happening. Phil Dowd was simply too fat to get himself into position and it just took a goal away.

  11. Carlton Kolarov says:

    I’m so torn!

  12. Gerard D. says:

    So… Phil Dowd taking away a legitimate goal because… he turned his head away when a free kick was being taken and it went in?

    That seriously just happened in one of two matches deciding the EPL title? REALLY?

  13. Ralph says:

    Phil Dowd needs to lose weight or be removed from officiating top flight matches. To disallow a fair goal in (any match really) title deciding match because you weren’t up with the play is unfathomable.

  14. manicmessiah says:

    I think they should clamp down on time wasting like that every game to be honest.

  15. NBC Sports says:

    We now take you from game to game to game, so you can watch the the halftime whistle blow, over and over and over…

    It’s our first time, okay!

  16. Joe says:

    No Europa for Man U. Not that they wanted it, anyway.
    Let the exodus from Old Trafford begin.

  17. Joe says:

    Come on Gus, bring on Jozy already so we can criticize his every touch.

    • Citronomics says:

      Why wait for his first touch..? I mean JA just meanders onto the pitch when he should be running as fast as a rocket ship.

    • Roy says:

      Klinsy should have bribed Sunderland to put Jozy on a plane back to the USA before this game, just in case of injury.

  18. Good Jeremy says:

    WTF? I tell myself that I’ll never watch MSNBC again, then turn it on to watch Arsenal for less than a minute, then turn back to the Liverpool game and somehow I missed both a goal and a red card plus the replays. Never again. This time I mean it.

  19. Ali Dia says:

    Jozy has his problems at the club level, but Andy Carroll is far more comical and expensive, no?

    • Increase says:

      Likewise with Soldado.(First non penalty was in like… March.)
      Jozy just caught our attention because well… he is american.

  20. Joe says:

    June 12th. Can’t wait.

  21. Bach's Thumb says:

    That was some real-life Matrix goalkeeping right there. You know you’ve done well when the home team fans are cheering you AFTER you are scored on.

  22. Joe says:

    Poyet bringing Altidore on now?

    • Joe says:

      Jozy didn’t look very confident the way he ran on the pitch. Our WC chances are bleak.

      • Increase says:

        Jozy should have maybe had a pen there. One defender got the ball but the other tried to take a chunk out of Jozy’s leg.

      • AMPhibian says:

        hahaha. I wish he would have at least skipped a couple times on his way out there. Show the fans your passion and whimsy, Jozy!

      • GW says:

        Joe,

        The USMNT’s WC chances depend on Jozy’s form?

        I did not know that. Thanks

    • Joe says:

      Lots of activity from Jozy, but nothing too impressive. Half chance in front of goal on which he took a knock from the contact. He needs to build some confidence in the upcoming friendlies. Great observation from a month ago. Right, OMG?

  23. Bach's Thumb says:

    With that Tottenham win, Manchester United are now completely out of European soccer in all facets. A new low.

    • Joe says:

      First time in 25 years. Van Gaal will have his work cut out for him.

      • beachbum says:

        agreed, altho the case can be made that rebuilding without the extra comps can actually help the team to get back into the BPL race next year. we’ll see

    • slowleftarm says:

      Other than maybe 4-5 players they need a whole new team. You can’t buy that in one or two transfer windows. Going to be a while before we see the old Man U again.

    • GW says:

      Not really.

      No one cares about the Europa league. It just means more games that Man U have to waste time and bodies on.

      They need to focus on getting back to the top 4 not some BS competition.

  24. John says:

    Terrence with another goal, his 6th in 4 matches

    • Citronomics says:

      Nice. Think he bests his league and all competitions total v. last season and making a strong case to be on the plane 2 Brazil.

  25. argh says:

    2 points man.

    Liverpool were close. they made me believe.

    enjoy your trophy City.

  26. biff says:

    Jermaine Jones apparently playing left center back today for Besiktas, who is up 1-0 at half time. Anyone know if he has played CB previously for Besiktas, or whether today is a first?

  27. Fredo says:

    Vamos Barca!

  28. Atletico Man says:

    Eliseu’s arm and the crossbar. Rotten luck so far.

  29. argh says:

    STEVEN GERRARD. The best English player of his generation.

    1 of the best midfielders since the Berlin Wall fell

  30. Atletico Man says:

    Maldita sea.

  31. Shawn says:

    Wtf real madrid

  32. Atletico Man says:

    Well that was not the results we expected, but it keeps it interesting.

  33. 99 10 2guys says:

    so basically Barcelona have to beat Atletico at home to win the title. otherwise Atletico win

  34. 99 10 2guys says:

    how does Madrid lose? even their 2nd squad should be enough to beat a mid-table club

  35. reignman says:

    Not sure if anyone here was watching the Arsenal game but the goal that Ramsey scored was just perfect. Excellent holdup and cross from Giroud followed by a wonderful voelly by Ramsey. It’s a shame he missed three months, could arguably be in TOTS even with the missed time.