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By JUSTIN FERGUSON
Arsenal might be out of contention for the English Premier League title this season, but the Gunners are still two cup wins away from ending their long trophy drought.
Arsene Wenger’s squad will go for the first of those wins Saturday as Arsenal faces Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Semifinals. Wigan Athletic are the defending champions of England’s longest-running competition after defeating Manchester City at Wembley Stadium last year, and the Championship-level club is back in the hunt for a repeat after defeating Man City in the quarterfinals this season. Although they have had a slide in their form recently, Arsenal are favored to win the cup this season with Hull City and Sheffield United remaining in the field.
Elsewhere in England, Tim Howard and Everton continue their hunt for a Champions League spot with a road match against Sunderland, who have a lot of work to do in order to avoid relegation this season. The biggest relegation matchup in the EPL on Saturday will be between Norwich City and Fulham, who are on either side of the drop zone in England’s top division.
Perhaps the most high-profile match of the day can be found in Germany, where Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich take on rivals Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena. In Spain, El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid look to pile the pressure on first-place Atletico Madrid in the La Liga race before they face off in the Copa del Rey Final next week.
If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action. (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):
9:30am – Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Stuttgart – GOLTV USA
10:00am – West Bromwich Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur – NBC Sports Live Extra
10:00am – Celta de Vigo vs. Real Sociedad – beIN Sports en Espanol
10:07am – Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa – NBC Sports Live Extra
10:07am – Fulham vs. Norwich City – NBCSN
10:07am – Southampton vs. Cardiff City- NBC Sports Live Extra
10:07am – Stoke City vs. Newcastle United – NBC Sports Live Extra
10:07am – Sunderland vs. Everton – NBC Sports Live Extra
11:00am – Lille vs. Valenciennes – beIN Sports Play
12:00pm – Villareal vs. Levante – beIN Sports en Espanol
12:07pm – Wigan Athletic vs. Arsenal – Fox Deportes
12:30pm – Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund – GOLTV
2:00pm – Grenada vs. Barcelona – beIN Sports USA
2:00pm – Ajaccio vs. Bordeaux – Univision Deportes
2:45 – Roma vs. Atalanta – beIN Sports Play
4:00pm – Real Madrid vs. Almeria – beIN Sports USA
4:00pm – Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake – Univision Deportes
4:00pm – Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire – Direct Kick
4:00pm – Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids – Direct Kick
5:00pm – New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo – Direct Kick
6:00 pm – Veracruz vs. Pumas UNAM – Univision Deportes
6:00 pm – Cruz Azul vs. Pachuca – Univision
7:30pm – DC United vs. New York Red Bulls- Direct Kick
8:00 pm – Tigres UANL vs. Tijuana – Univision Deportes
8:30pm – FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders – Direct Kick
10:00pm – Chiapas vs. Monterrey – Univision Deportes
10:30pm – Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA – Direct Kick
10:30pm – LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Direct Kick