Chelsea has looked unstoppable early in the English Premier league season but the Blues face their first tough test of the campaign against the big spenders from Manchester City.
Chelsea will have to win in Manchester by beating a tough Man City side that will provide the toughest test faced by Carlo Ancelotti's men so far this season. A win on Saturday and Chelsea will solidify its place as heavy favorites to win the Premier League.
There is quality action all over the world this weekend. In Brazil, you have first-place Corinthians taking on perennial power Internacional. In Italy, Inter Milan looks to keep Roma's struggles going. In Germany, unbeaten and first-place Mainz 05 looks to prove its strong start is no fluke against an injury-hit Bayern Munich side.
MLS has a loaded schedule of top matches as well, with Friday night's LA-New York tilt earning plenty of headlines even though Kansas City-FC Dallas and Chicago-Seattle are arguably more important matches.
Here is our list of Top Ten Matches to Watch, as well as This Weekend's Soccer on TV:
Top 10 Matches to Watch
1. Chelsea vs. Manchester City. Blowing away bottom-feeders is one thing, but Chelsea won't have it easy against danger City squad on the road.
2. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls. Star-studded affair should provide some entertaining soccer for the large audience expected to take this one in.
3. Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05. A bit of role reversal as defending champions Bayern take on the first-place upstarts in a match Bayern Munich must win to avoid a deeper early-season hole.
4. Kansas City Wizards vs. FC Dallas. The two hottest teams in MLS square off in what should be a high-level match with plenty of scoring chances.
5. AS Roma vs. Inter Milan. Roma is in full meltdown mode, but a home win against the defending Serie A champions could help stop the bleeding.
6. Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders. Freddie Ljungberg faces his former team again, but it's the major playoff implications that mean much more in this battle of playoff contenders.
7. Akron vs. Tulsa. A battle of the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the nation features two attack-minded squads who are also loaded with talent. A dozen or so MLS prospects will be on display in this one.
8. Bolton vs. Manchester United. Red-hot Dimitar Berbatov looks to torch the Wanderers defense, while Stuart Holden looks to continue his strong season.
9. Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake. Rocky Mountain Derby should be an intense battle, with the match-up of Colorado's forwards and Real Salt Lake's central defenders taking center stage.
10. Internacional vs. Corinthians. First-place Corinthians will look to keep its lead atop the Brazilian standings against trophy horders Internacional in what should be an entertaining match.
This Weekend's Soccer on TV
2:30pm- GolTV- FC Cologne vs. TSG Hoffenheim
3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Portsmouth vs. Leceister City (Delayed)
8pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Akron vs. Tulsa
9pm- FSE/Azteca America- Necaxa vs. Cruz Azul
11pm- ESPN2- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls
7:45am- ESPN2- Manchester City vs. Chelsea
9:30am- GolTV- Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05
10am- Fox Soccer Channel- Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion.
10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Liverpool vs. Sunderland
10am- FSE- West Ham United vs. Tottenham
Noon- Fox Soccer Plus/FSE- AC Milan vs. Genoa
Noon- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com- Sporting Gijon vs. Valencia
Noon- Fox Soccer Channel- West Ham vs. Tottenham (Delayed)
12:30PM- ESPN3.com- Werder Bremen vs. Hamburg
2PM- GolTV- Levante vs Real Madrid
2:45PM- Fox Soccer Channel- AS Roma vs. Inter Milan
2:45PM- ESPN3.com- FC Twente vs. Ajax
4PM- Telefutura- Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA
4PM- Direct Kick- Toronto FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes
4PM- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com-Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona
5PM- Fox Soccer Channel- Birmingham City vs. Wigan. Athletic (Delayed)
5:30PM- GolTV- Flamengo vs. Palmeiras
6PM- Univision- Queretaro vs. Monterrey
6PM- Azteca America- Jaguares vs. San Luis
7:30pm- Direct Kick- New England vs. Columbus Crew
7:30pm- Direct Kick- D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo
7:30PM- GolTV- Millonarios vs. America de Cali
8PM- Direct Kick- Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders
8pm- Direct Kick- Kansas City Wizards vs. FC Dallas
8PM- Telemundo- UANL Tigres vs. Chivas Guadalajara
8PM- Telefutura- Pachuca vs. Tecos
9:30PM- GolTV- Cucuta vs Nacional de Medellin
9:45PM- Telemundo- Atlas vs. Puebla
10PM- Fox Soccer Channel- Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids
1:30am- Fox Soccer Channel- Sydney FC vs. Gold Coast United
7am- Fox Soccer Plus- Bolton vs. Manchester United
9am- Fox Soccer Channel- Fiorentina vs. Parma
9am- Fox Soccer Plus- Wolverhampton vs. Aston Villa
9am- ESPN3.com- Chievo vs. Lazio
9am- ESPN3.com- Palermo vs. Lecce
11am- DirecTV- Racing Santander vs. Getafe
11am- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Almeria
11am- DirecTV- Mallorca vs. Real Sociedad
11am- Fox Soccer Channel/FSE- Newcastle United vs. Stoke City
11:30am- ESPN3.com- Kaiserslautern vs. Hannover 96
1pm- ESPN Deportes/Azteca America- Morelia vs. Toluca
1pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. Atlante
1pm- GolTV- Herculez vs. Sevilla
1pm- Fox Soccer Plus- AC Cesena vs. Napoli
2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Juventus vs. Cagliari
3pm- GolTV- Atletico Madrid vs. Real Zaragoza
3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Lens vs. Paris St. Germain
3pm- ESPN3.com- Sporting Lisbon vs. Nacional Funchal
5pm- GolTV- Internacional vs. Corinthians (Delayed)
5:30pm- Univision- Club America vs. Santos Laguna
6pm- Fox Soccer Channel- WPS Final
What match-ups are you most looking forward to? What do you think the best game of the weekend is?
Share your thoughts below.
Hater x 2
Really though…im just sayin.
“….while Stuart Holden looks to continue his strong season. ”
Woah Guy…Strong season by who’s standards? Im a few games in and haven’t really done much bur run around, made a few tackles, crosses…Come back and get on my jock when I score some goals or rack up some assists.
likewise. i’m not taking any chances. i’m taping the review show on Tuesday afternoon when it shows on my local Fox Sports regional channel.
Agreed as well. Thank God the WPS season is over. Last week I set the DVR to record an extra 30 minutes after the Review Show. Still wasn’t enough because some friggin’ WPS game went into overtime. grrrrr. I hate it when that happens.
Ha.. that killed me last sunday night as I settled down to catch up on the Prem.
What makes the Ny, LA game so exciting? Big names? LA hasn’t been playing very entertaining soccer lately. I just dont see this one being as exciting as everyone wants to believe it will be. Then again the joy I get out of a game has nothing to do with the names on the field, but of the quality of the game. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, but I swear I’m the only one who thinks back to the 1 goal in the tenth minute, 5 total shot thriller we saw last time these two teams played when this game is mentioned.
This is a great feature of the website. Only wish Cablevision carried Fox Soccer Plus…
what happened to argentine league on FSC?
Unfortunately, I have Comcast so I’ve never heard of those stations before, where are they available? Always good to have more options.
FSC+ has the Everton v Fulham match on delay at 4pm on Saturday
To be complete, the “what’s on” list should include Brazilian A and B league games on Globo and PFC, which are both widely available on cable and dish.
hope it doesnt go into OT and delay the start of the premier league review show again…
That’s a great photo
WPS Final wasn’t in the top ten?