With Manchester United stumbling and struggling out of the gate, Manchester City and Arsenal are looking like better bets to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title.
Both teams will look to draw closer to the defending champions when they face off in the weekend's marquee match-up. Both sides are comingh off blowout wins in European competition and should put together an entertaining encounter.
Top matches in Spain, Italy and Germany headline a good week of strong match-ups, including Villarreal-Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan-Sampdoria.
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. Manchester City vs. Arsenal. Two of the hottest teams in Europe face off with City trying to keep pressure on Chelsea and Arsenal trying to build on its mid-week thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk.
2. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. FC Dallas. The top team in MLS squares off against one of the hottest teams in the league. You also have multiple MLS MVP candidates on display in an important match in the MLS playoff positioning race.
3. Tottenham vs. Everton. Tim Howard and the Toffees are coming off a big win against Everton, but winning at White Hart Lane against red-hot Gareth Bale won't be easy.
4. Villarreal vs. Atletico Madrid. The Yellow Submarine missed a chance to move into first place last week, and things only get tougher against Kun Aguero and Atletico.
5. Inter Milan vs. Sampdoria. As strong as Inter looked against Tottenham at mid-week, the champions hould be tested by Antonio Cassano and the rest of Sampdoria's loaded attack.
6. Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake. Both teams are already in the playoffs, but RSL is still playing for the Supporters Shield and the Rapids are playing for playoff position.
7. Celtic vs. Rangers. No, this game isn't on American television, but it's a match you should try to see, either by heading to a soccer bar or watching a live stream.
8. Stoke City vs. Manchester United. Wayne Rooney won't be playing, but it will still be interesting to see how the Red Devils respond in the first game after Rooney-Gate. Nevermind the fact that Manchester United needs a win desperately.
9. Bayer Leverkusen vs. Mainz 05. Two of the top three teams in Germany square off as Mainz looks to keep pace with Borussia Dortmund while Leverkusen tries to close the gap on the Bundesliga leaders.
T10. Borussia Dortmund vs. Hoffenheim. One one side you have former U.S. Under-17 defender Neven Subotic with Dortmund, on the other side you have St. Louis University product Vedad Ibisevic.
T10. Lille vs. Marseille. If you're looking for some French soccer to watch, you can do worse than this tilt featuring teams near the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
This Weekend's Soccer on TV/Web
7:45am- ESPN2- Tottenham vs. Everton
9:30am- GolTV- Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Werder Bremen
10am- Fox Soccer Channel- Chelsea vs. Wolverhampton
10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Sunderland vs. Aston Villa
10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Birmingham vs. Blackpool
10am- FoxSoccer.tv- West Bromwich Albion vs. Fulham
10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Wigan Athletic vs. Bolton
Noon- GolTV- Real Zaragoza vs. Barcelona
12:15pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Doncaster Rovers vs. Sheffield United
12:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- West Ham United vs. Newcastle United
1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Bordeaux vs. Brest
1pm- FoxSoccer.tv– Lens vs. Nice
1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- AS Monaco vs. Valenciennes
1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Stade Rennes vs. Montpelier
1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- St. Etienne vs. Caen
2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Fiorentina vs. AS Bari
3pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Sochaux vs. Toulouse
4pm- Telefutura- Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders
4pm- GolTV- Valencia vs. Mallorca
5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- West Bromwich Albion vs. Fulham (Delayed)
7:30pm- DirecTV- D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
8:30pm- DirecTV- Kansas City Wizards vs. San Jose Earthquakes
8pm- Telemundo- Tigres vs. UNAM Pumas
9pm- Direct Kick- Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake
9:45pm- Telemundo- Atlas vs. Atlante
11pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire
6:30am- Fox Soccer Plus/ESPN3.com- Parma vs. AS Roma
7:45am- No USA TV- Celtic vs. Rangers
8:30am- Fox Soccer Channel- Stoke City vs. Manchester United
8:30am- ESPN3.com- PSV Eindhoven vs. Feyenoord
9am- Fox Soccer Plus/ESPN3.com- Bologna vs. Juventus
9am- ESPN3.com- Lazio vs. Cagliari
9:30am- ESPN3.com- Borussia Dortmund vs. Hoffenheim
10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Liverpool vs. Blackburn
11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Manchester City vs. Arsenal
11am- DirecTV- Getafe vs. Sporting Gijon
11am- DirecTV- Osasuna vs. Malaga
11am- ESPN3.com- Almeria vs. Hercules
11am- DirecTV- Espanyol vs. Levante
11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Arles vs. Olympique Lyon
11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Paris St. Germain vs. Auxerre
11am- Fox Soccer Plus- Wigan Athletic vs. Bolton (Delayed)
1pm- Azteca America- Morelia vs. Cruz Azul
1pm- Telemundo- Toluca vs. Puebla
1pm- GolTV- Sevilla vs. Athletic Bilbao
2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel/ESPN3.com- Inter Milan vs. Sampdoria
3pm- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com- Villarreal vs. Atletico Madrid
3pm- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Lille vs. Olympique Marseille
3pm- GolTV- Atletico Paranaense vs. Fluminense
4pm- Direct Kick- Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union
5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. Blackburn
5pm- GolTV- Bayer Leverkusen vs. Mainz 05
5:30pm- ESPNU- Harvard vs. Princeton
8pm- Direct Kick- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. FC Dallas
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