Two teams in desperate need of a victory square off with very different goals in mind as Manchester City takes on Arsenal in the weekend's marquee match-up.
Manchester City has seen their Premier League title hopes fade fast in the midst of a strong Manchester United surge, and if the Citizens want to keep those hopes alive, they must find a way to win at the Emirates. For Arsenal, last week's loss to Queens Park Rangers has pulled the Gunners back into a tie for third place with Tottenham, making Sunday's match vs. City a vital one to avoid falling behind Spurs again.
In Italy, Lazio and Napoli currently occupy the third and fourth spots in Serie A, and with Udinese and Roma hot on their trails for those spots, neither team can afford to drop points when the sides meet in Rome. The match should be an emotional one for Lazio as it will be the first match at the Stadio Olimpico since the passing of Lazio legend Giorgio Chinaglia.
In Spain, Real Madrid is still comfortably in first place, but a loss to third-place Valencia could suddenly make things very uncomfortable atop the La Liga standings, especially with Barcelona coming on strong, and especially with another edition of 'El Clasico' looming.
Here is a rundown of this weekend's soccer on TV, as well as SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch:
SBI'S TOP TEN MATCHES TO WATCH
1. Arsenal vs. Manchester City. Two of the top three teams in England square off. Must-See TV.
2. Lazio vs. Napoli. Two teams fighting for third place in Serie A. Throw in what should be an emotional day for Lazio fans after Giorgio Chinaglia's recent passing and there will be plenty of drama in Rome.
3. Real Madrid vs. Valencia. Real Madrid has looked outstanding, but Valencia just might be able to knock them off.
4. Sporting KC vs. LA Galaxy. The Galaxy may be struggling, but this will still be a must-watch for every MLS fan. Can KC rip apart the Galaxy's shaky defense? Can Landon Donovan help turn things around for LA?
5. Schalke vs. Hannover 96. Jermaine Jones faces off vs. Steve Cherundolo in a battle of teams vying to keep hold of their current European Cup places in the Bundesliga standings.
6. Bolton vs. Fulham. Tim Ream and the Trotters will try to slow down red-hot Clint Dempsey.
7. Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids. Rocky Mountain rivalry features two teams currently atop the Western Conference standings in MLS.
8. Chivas Guadalajara vs. Club America. The biggest derby in Mexico should provide plenty of entertainment.
9. Sporting Braga vs. FC Porto. Seperated by three points atop the Portuguese standings, this one will be worth the effort of tracking down.
10. Paris St. Germain vs. Marseille. Fierce French rivalry should provide an intense match and some good goals.
THIS WEEKEND'S SOCCER ON TV
7am- Fox Soccer Plus– Kilmarnock vs. Celtic
7:45am- ESPN2– Sunderland vs. Tottenham
9am- Fox Soccer 2Go/ESPN3– AC Milan vs. Fiorentina
9:30am- ESPN3– Bayern Munich vs. Augsburg
9:30am- GolTV– Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund
10am- Fox Soccer Channel– Chelsea vs. Wigan
10am- Fox Soccer Plus– Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
10am- Fox Soccer 2Go– Bolton vs. Fulham
10am- Fox Soccer 2Go– West Bromwich Albion vs. Blackburn
Noon- Direct Kick– Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC
Noon- DirecTV– Getafe vs. Sporting Gijon
Noon- DirecTV– Rayo Vallecano vs. Osasuna
Noon- DirecTV– Espanyol vs. Real Sociedad
12:20pm- Fox Soccer 2Go– Nottingham Forest vs. Bristol City
12:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel– Stoke City vs. Woverhampton
12:30pm- Fox Soccer Plus– Palermo vs. Juventus
1pm- Fox Soccer 2Go– Brest vs. Lille
1pm- Fox Soccer 2Go– Dijon vs. Nancy
1pm- Fox Soccer 2Go– Evian TG vs. Stade Rennes
1pm- Fox Soccer 2Go– Valenciennes vs. Toulouse
1pm- Fox Soccer 2Go– Ajaccio vs. Saint-Etienne
2pm- GolTV– Real Zaragoza vs. Barcelona
3pm- Fox Soccer Channel– Lazio vs. Napoli
3pm- Fox Soccer Plus– Lyon vs. Auxerre
3pm- MSG/Direct Kick– Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls
3:30pm- ESPN3– Sporting Braga vs. FC Porto
4pm- DirecTV– Real Betis vs. Villarreal
4pm- ESPN– Sporting Kansas City vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
4:10pm- GolTV– Boca Juniors vs. Argentinos Juniors
7pm- Direct Kick– San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
7:30pm- Direct Kick– D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders
8pm- GolTV– Irapuato vs. Pumas Morelos
9pm- Direct Kick– Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado
10pm- Azteca America– Club Tijuana vs. Atlante
10:30pm- Direct Kick– Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA
3am- Fox Soccer Channel– Central Coast Mariner vs. Brisbane
6am- ESPN3– Levante vs. Atletico Madrid
7:30am- Fox Soccer Plus– Hibernian vs. Motherwell
8:30am- Fox Soccer Channel– Manchester United vs. Queens Park Rangers
9:30am- ESPN3– Schalke 04 vs. Hannover 96
10am- DirecTV– Mallorca vs. Granada
11am- Fox Soccer Channel– Arsenal vs. Manchester City
11am- Fox Soccer 2Go– Caen vs. Bordeaux
11am- Fox Soccer 2Go– Nice vs. Lorient
Noon- GolTV– Athletic Bilbao vs. Sevilla
1pm- Azteca America– Puebla vs. Toluca
3pm- Fox Soccer Channel– Paris St. Germain vs. Olympique Marseille
3pm- GolTV– Guarani vs. Palmeiras
3:30pm- ESPN2– Real Madrid vs. Valencia
7pm- Telemundo– Chivas Guadalajara vs. Club America
7pm- Azteca America– Cruz Azul vs. Queretaro