What a Weekend!!

If you are a fan of soccer, then this Saturday is must watch.  This weekend features plenty of amazing games on TV, so let me go through them and plan your weekend viewing party for you.  Your weekend should start with a nice early cup of coffee or English Breakfast tea as Manchester United hosts Arsenal at 7:30 am on the east coast (the rest of the times will also be EST).  This is a renewed managerial rivalry as Jose Mourinho faces off with Arsene Wenger.  This game will be on NBCSN for your viewing pleasure and features two teams that are in need of 3 points.  Arsene has struggled against Mourinho and has never won against Mourinho in the Premier League.  There will be a whole host of influential players out, but Alexi Sanchez is playing and he should be the difference maker.  If this early game does not get you out of bed, Deportivo hosts Sevilla at 7 am.

Around 9:30 am, you will need your last button as the Bundesliga and Premier League kick off across both England and Germany.  Fox Sports 1 will be showing Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Cologne.  Cologne saw their unbeaten season come to an end three weeks ago and now have lost 2 of their last 3.  Monchengladbach is winless in their last 5 games.  If you have Fox Sports 2, so like the 100 of you out there, check out Wolfsburg versus Schalke 04.  These are two teams who have perennially been in and around the top four but are struggling right now.  If you are a Premier League fan, the top of the table team takes the pitch at 10 am as Liverpool travels south to face Southampton.  This will be a tough one in my apartment as it is the Relationship Derby.  A win for Liverpool will keep them at the top of the table.  At 10:15 am, Barcelona and Malaga meet at the Camp Nou.  Barcelona can temporarily go top with a win ahead of the big Madrid Derby later in the day.   That game will be on beIN Sports.

As we move closer to the afternoon, there are two games at 12:30 that are worth watching and both are on broadcast TV.  The first is Der Klassiker between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.  The two German giants meet this weekend in Dortmund.  Dortmund sits 6 points behind Munich and could make a statement this weekend with a win.  This game will be on FOX this Saturday.  The second is a London derby as Tottenham Hotspur hosts West Ham United on NBC.  This London derby should go the way of Tottenham, but you never know what will happen in a London derby.

I hope you have not soccered yourself out yet because the biggest game of the weekend will not have taken place yet.  At 2:45, Atletico Madrid hosts Real Madrid in the Madrid Derbi.  This is one of the matches that every soccer fan should have circled on their calendar.  Atletico have stumbled lately having lost 2 of their last 3.  They are 6 points behind Real Madrid right now and must win this Saturday if they are to stay in the title race.  Real Madrid might need a win or a draw to go back to the top of the table.  After this great game, it will be time to rest or watch some College football if that is your cup of tea.

What an amazing Saturday we have coming up for us.  If you are still up for more soccer on Sunday, the Milan Derby is Sunday at 2:45 pm.  Before the season, people thought that Inter Milan would be in and around the top 3 but it turns out that AC Milan is in third right now.   They are just 5 points behind Juventus and were 1 of the 2 teams that defeated Juventus.   This looks to be the perfect ending to this great weekend of soccer.


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