Barcelona and Real Madrid have already done battle this season in the late summer's Spanish Super Cup (won by Real Madrid), but their battle for the La Liga title begins at the Camp Nou on Sunday in the latest installment of 'El Clasico'.
It may just be October but the match is already a must-win for Real Madrid. The defending champions endured a slow start to the season that has them eight points back of Barcelona. A loss would extend that gap to 11, a deficit that could prove impossible to overcome against a Barcelona team that looks to be at the top of its game.
Barcelona-Real Madrid is one of several top rivalry matches around the world. AC Milan take on Inter Milan in one of Serie A's most storied rivalries, while Marseille face Paris St. Germain and FC Porto take on Sporting Lisbon in another classic rivalry.
The rivalry weeknd isn't confined to Europe. Club America and Chivas Guadalajara renew acquaintances in Mexico City, while the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers prepare to play in front of a crowd of more than 66,000 in Seattle.
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. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. Enough said.
2. AC Milan vs. Inter Milan. AC Milan may be down right now, but they showed in Europa League that they still have quality and should give Inter all they can handle.
3. Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers. More than 66,000 fans will pack into CenturyLink Field for what should be an intense and fast-paced thriller.
4. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake. These teams always put on a show when they face off, and the fact they're still playing for playoff position will add more
5. Tottenham vs. Aston Villa. There could be four Americans on the field for this one, and Brad Guzan and Brad Friedel could face off in a battle of bald American goalkeepers.
6. New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago. Two of the top teams in the East square off at Red Bull Arena as Thierry Henry looks to continue his recent outstanding form.
8. Marseille vs. Paris St. Germain. Known as 'Le Classique', this rivalry is one of the more passionate in Europe, and PSG's recent big spending will add to the quality of the soccer.
9. Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim. U.S. national teammers Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams face a very tough challenge in might Bayern's vaunted attack.
10. Club America vs. Chivas USA. 'El Super Clasico' is Mexico's most storied rivalry and almost always provides plenty of drama.
OTHERS TO WATCH
Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga. Atletico's Falcao is one of the best strikers in the world, while Malaga's Isco is one of the best young players in the world.
Liverpool vs. Stoke City. Geoff Cameron's rough introduction to the Premier League continues as he and the Potters face a Liverpool side that will be looking to build on last week's win.
Twente vs. AZ. Jozy Altidore looks to continue his red-hot scoring against a tough Twente side.
THIS WEEKEND'S SOCCER ON TV
7pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Maryland vs. Virginia
7:45am- ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes- Manchester City vs. Sunderland
9:30am- GolTV- Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim
10am- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes- Chelsea vs. Norwich City
10am- FoxSoccer2Go- Swansea City vs. Reading
10am- FoxSoccer2Go- West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers
10am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go- Wigan Athletic vs. Everton
10am- beIN Sport en Espanol- Rayo Vallecano vs. Deportivo La Coruna
11am- Univision Deportes- Montpellier vs. Evian TG
12pm- beIN Sport/beIN Sport en Espanol- Chievo vs. Sampdoria
12:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes- West Ham United vs. Arsenal
1pm- MLS Live/MLS Direct Kick- Toronto FC vs. D.C. United
2pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Real Valladolid vs. Espanyol
2pm- Univision Deportes- Lille vs. Ajaccio
2:45pm- beIN Sport- Genoa vs. Palermo
3:30pm- ESPN3- Benfica vs. Beira-Mar
3:30pm- MLS Live/NBC- New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago
4pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Real Betis vs. Real Sociedad
5pm- beIN Sport- Real Zaragoza vs. Getafe (delay)
7pm- beIN Sport- Toulouse vs. Valenciennes (delay)
8pm- Fox Deportes- Club America vs. Chivas
8:30pm- beIN Sport- Real Murcia vs. Racing Santander
8:30pm- MLS Live/MLS Direct Kick- Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact
9pm- MLS Live/NBC- LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
9pm- MLS Live/MLS Direct Kick- Colorado Rapids vs. SJ Earthquakes
11:59pm- FoxSoccer2Go- West Ham United vs. Arsenal (delay)
11:59pm- FoxSoccer2Go- Chelsea vs. Norwich City (delay)
6:30am- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3- Ajax vs. Utrecht
7:45am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go- Celtic vs. Hearth of Midlothian
8am- beINSport- Brest vs. Bordeaux
8:30am- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes- Southampton vs. Fulham
8:30am- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3- PSV vs. NAC Breda
9am- beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Espanol- Siena va. Juventus
9:30am- GolTV- Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
10am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go- Liverpool vs. Stoke City
10am- FoxSoccer2Go- Tottenham vs. Aston Villa
10:30am- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3- Twente vs. AZ
11am- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes- Newcastle United vs. Manchester United
11am- beIN Sport- Lorient vs. Olympique Lyon
11:30am- GolTV- Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Dortmund
1:50pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
2:45pm- beIN Sport- AC Milan vs. Inter Milan
3pm- Univision Deportes- Olympique Marseille vs. PSG
3:45pm- ESPN3- Porto vs. Sporting CP
4pm- MLS Live/MLS Direct Kick-Columbus Crew vs. Sporting KC
5pm- beIN Sport- Olympique Marseille vs. Paris St. Germain (delay)
6:30pm- beIN Sport- Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga (delay)
7pm- Galavision/MLS Live- Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas
8:30pm- beIN Sport- Levante vs. Valencia
9pm- ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN3/MLS Live- Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers