Bayern Munich have gotten off to a perfect start in the 2012-13 edition of the Bundesliga, winning each of their first three games. On Saturday, though, they face a difficult test as they travel to Gelsenkirchen to take on Schalke 04.
In what is probably the day's best matchup not just in Germany but all throughout Europe, a Bayern team that has won its first five games across three competitions faces a Schalke side that will feature American international Jermaine Jones. Schalke, like Bayern, enter the match on a high having won in the Champions League this past week, and they will look to take advantage of a Munich team that will likely be without dangerous winger Franck Ribery.
If you're looking for some English Premier League action, league leaders Chelsea host a Stoke City team that includes two Americans in Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu. Tim Howard and Everton also are in action, traveling to Swansea City in the day's first matchup.
Later tonight, the Major League Soccer stretch run continues with several games that have playoff implications. The Chicago Fire host the Columbus Crew in a crucial Eastern Conference game, while the Seattle Sounders play host to the San Jose Earthquakes in what is a must-win situation for the Sounders if they have any hopes of capturing the Supporters' Shield.
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Enjoy the action (Today's TV schedule is after the jump):
7:45am – ESPN2 – Swansea City vs. Everton
9:30am – GolTV – Schalke 04 vs. Bayern Munich
10am – Fox Soccer Channel – Chelsea vs. Stoke City
10am – Fox Soccer Plus – West Bromwich Albion vs. Reading
10am – FoxSoccer2Go – Southampton vs. Aston Villa
10am – FoxSoccer2Go – West Ham vs Sunderland
10am – FoxSoccer2Go – Wigan Athletic vs. Fulham
10am – BeIN Sport – Real Zaragoza vs. Osasuna
11am – Univision Deportes – Bastia vs. Paris St. Germain
11:30am – GolTV – Hamburg vs. Borussia Dortmund (Delay)
Noon – beIN Sport Espanol – Parma vs. Fiorentina
1pm – MLS Direct Kick – Montreal Impact vs. Sporting Kansas City
2pm – beIN Sport – Real Betis vs. Espanyol
2pm – Univision Deportes – Loriente vs. Nice
3:30pm – ESPN3.com – Porto vs. Beira-Mar
4pm – beIN Sport – Barcelona vs. Granada
7:30pm – MSG/MLS Direct Kick – NE Revolution vs. NY Red Bulls
8pm – NBC Sports Network – Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers
8:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew
10:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – LA Galaxy vs. Toronto FC
10:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Seattle Sounders vs. SJ Earthquakes