By JUSTIN FERGUSON
This Soccer Saturday will start with a bang as Newcastle United host USMNT forward Jozy Altidore and Sunderland in the always competitive Tyne-Wear Derby to open a day filled with action from all over the world.
The last time these two rivals met in English Premier League play, Sunderland notched their first win of the season thanks to a late goal from Fabio Borini. The Black Cats have continued to improve from their horrid start, as they have only lost two of their last 13 matches across all competitions, climbing out of the relegation zone in the process. On the other side, Newcastle United have only won once in their last five league matches and will need to find someone to step up in the midfield after the sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain.
In other EPL action, seventh-place Manchester United will look to keep their momentum going on the road at Stoke City. Tottenham will try to bounce back from their big loss against Manchester City with a road result at Hull City, who have not scored in four straight losses after routing Fulham 6-0 in December. There will also be a battle of American goalkeepers at Goodison Park as Tim Howard and Everton host Brad Guzan and Aston Villa on Merseyside.
Elsewhere, first-place Barcelona will put their perfect home record at Camp Nou on the line when Valencia comes to visit. Manager Clarence Seedorf and AC Milan host Torino in Serie A competition, and second-place AS Monaco will look to maintain their position behind league-leading PSG when they visit Lorient. In Mexico, the derby match between nearby rivals Tigres and Monterrey will highlight a busy night of Liga MX action.
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Enjoy the action. (Today’s schedule is after the jump):
SATURDAY SOCCER ON TV
7:45am – Newcastle vs. Sunderland – NBC Sports Network
7:45am – West Ham United vs. Swansea City – Premier League Extra Time
9:30am – Schalke 04 vs. Wolfsburg – GolTV USA
10am – Stoke City vs. Manchester United – NBC Sports Network
10am – Barcelona vs. Valencia – beIN Sports USA
10am – Hull City vs. Tottenham – Premier League Extra Time
10am – Fulham vs. Southampton – Premier League Extra Time
10am – Everton vs. Aston Villa – Premier League Extra Time
10am – Cardiff City vs. Norwich City – Premier League Extra Time
10am – Partick Thistle vs. Dundee United – Fox Soccer Plus
10:30am – Lorient vs. AS Monaco – Univision Deportes
12pm – Cagliari vs. Fiorentina – beIN Sports USA
12pm – Levante vs. Rayo Vallecano – beIN Sports en Español
12:30pm – Hannover vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach – GolTV USA
2pm – Evian TG vs. Ajaccio – Univision Deportes
2pm – Getafe vs. Real Valladolid – beIN Sports en Español
2:45pm – AC Milan vs. Torino – beIN Sports USA
4pm – Malaga vs. Sevilla – beIN Sports en Español
5pm – USA vs. South Korea – ESPN2/UniMas
5:30pm – Racing vs. Nacional – GolTV USA
6pm – Club America vs. Atlante – Univision
6pm – Santos Laguna vs. Toluca – Univision Deportes
6pm – Veracruz vs. Puebla – Univision Deportes 2
8pm – Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Cruz Azul – UniMas
8pm – Monterrey vs. Tigres UANL – Univision Deportes
8pm – Pachuca vs. Atlas – Univision Deportes 2
10pm – Chiapas vs. Queretaro – Univision Deportes