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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (and Top 10 matches to watch)

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Arsenal has been on Chelsea's trail through the Premier League season, but the Gunners could surpass the suddenly struggling Blues with a win this weekend against Tottenham in a vital London Derby.

Chelsea can hold onto first place with against Birmingham, while Manchester United could pull even with Chelsea with a win and Chelsea loss.

For American soccer fans, MLS Cup will be the headlining event, but the U.S. women's national team are also playing a crucial match, the first of two against Italy for a place in the World Cup.

MLS teams aren't the only ones featuring Americans in a playoff. Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Marco Vidal will be a part of Pachuca's attempt to knock off Monterrey in the second leg of their series.

Here is a rundown of this weekend's soccer on TV, as well as SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch:



1. Arsenal vs. Tottenham. London Derby should be dynamic attacking display (at least we hope for a match this early).

2. FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids. Two MLS originals vie for their first MLS title.

3. AC Milan vs. Fiorentina. Milan looks to hold on to first place.

4. Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich. Bayern is in dire need of three points, but second-place Leverkusen won't make it easy.

5. Monterrey vs. Pachuca. Pachuca tied the first leg, but now needs a victory in the second leg to advance in the Mexican League playoffs.

6. Fulham vs. Manchester City. Clint Dempsey just had a son born this week so he could be ready to do the rockabye baby goal celebration against struggling Manchester City.

7. Ajax vs. PSV Eindhoven. This Dutch clash is usually one of the more entertaining in Europe, with Luis Suarez the star of the show.

8. Bolton vs. Newcastle. Stuart Holden is coming off his best game for Bolton, and will now face off against England starlet Andy Carroll.

9. Schalke vs. Werder Bremen. Jermaine Jones and Schalke are in the Bundesliga relegation zone and need a win against mid-table Bremen.

10. USA Women vs. Italy. The USA Woman are in must-win mode in the first leg of this two-leg playoff for a World Cup berth.




7:45am– ESPN2/ Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur

9:30am– GolTV- Schalke 04 vs. Werder Bremen

9:30am– Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Mainz

10am– Birmingham City vs. Chelsea

10am– Blackpool vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

10am– Bolton vs. Newcastle United

10am– Fox Socer Channel- Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic

10am– West Brom vs. Stoke City

10:30am– USA women vs. Italy

12pm– Fox Soccer Plus/ Roma vs. Udinese

12:20pm– Sheffield United vs. Crystal Palace

12:30pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. West Ham United

12:30pm– Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich

1pm– Rennes vs. Brest

2pm– GolTV- Penarol vs. Defensor Sporting

2:45pm– Ajax vs. PSV

2:45pm– Soccer Channel- A.C. Milan vs. Fiorentina

3pm– Nice vs. Montpellier

4pm– GolTV- Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao

6pm– Azteca America- Cruz Azul vs. Pumas

6:15pm– GolTV- Deportes Tolima vs. Santa Fe Bogota

8pm– Telefutura- America vs. San Luis

8:30pm– GolTV- La Equidad Bogotá vs Atlético Huila

11pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Sydney FC vs. Perth Glory


6:30am– Genoa vs. Juventus

8:30am– Soccer Plus- Blackburn vs. Aston Villa

9am– Verona vs. Inter Milan

9am– Parma vs. Lazio

9:30am– GolTV- Stuttgart vs. Cologne

11am– Fox Soccer Channel- Fulham vs. Manchester City

11am– DirecTV- Osasuna vs. Sporting Gijon

11am– DirecTV- Espanyol vs. Hercules

11am– DirecTV- Levante vs. Racing Santander

1pm– GolTV- Sevilla vs. Mallorca

2:45pm– Soccer Channel- Napoli vs. Bologna

3pm– GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Atletico Madrid

3pm– Lens vs. Lyon

5pm– Telemundo- Monterry vs. Pachuca

7pm– Telefutura- Santos Laguna vs. Jaguares

8:30pm– ESPN- Colorado vs. FC Dallas




  1. BMG probably won’t get relegated this season but they won’t be in the top half of the table either. Their defense sucks and they need strikers who can score. Their top scorer is Bradley with 3 goals in all competitions and he plays CM. That should say something. None of their strikers can score except Marco Reus. That being said i hope he stays another season and finese his style before he heads to England. Heading to the PL at age 25 won’t hurt especially if he’s rated highly in the Bundesliga by then which I’m sure he will be.

  2. Proving he can score in the Championship is quite good. Leeds will bring him back in sooner or later and they have a good chance to get into playoffs to promote to the PL so good for him.

  3. Just want to second someone’s comment earlier:

    ESPN3 on Xbox Live is the dog’s bollocks.

    I’m switching back and forth between FC Mainz – M’Gladbach and USA vs. Italy. Good times.

  4. I have no problems with that. Give MLS a couple more years to earn it’s place. But the day when more people tune in to the MLS cup is coming 🙂

  5. Mainz just scored the exact same goal that Gladbach scored earlier. Floated diagonal ball one-timed low into the net. Amazing to see that twice.

    Great second half.

  6. if youve been watching Bolton this season you would know they are for real

    they have around 4 draws that should be wins, I know thats an easy thing to say but if you saw the games u would understand(everton,fulham,manchester united are 3 games that come to mind)

    They also shouldnt of lost to liverpool at home during the last 5 mins

    They’ll be in the top 5-8 at the end of the season easily,
    I havnt seen them play poorly where I couldnt stand watching… like some ManCity and Liverpool games ive seen

    They’ll lose elmander or cahill in the JAN window i think, they can replace elmander with klasnic or use petrov as a 2ndary striker

    dont be surprised if this game ends up 4-0 with petrov coming off the bench for Taylor and holden/lee scoring, Lee is playing the best game ive seen from him this season… which in my opinion is the key for them to continue their successful season

  7. bummer that BMGs defense fell apart there. Bradley could have been a little more active there but the central defense pairing just made a mess of it by converging on the passer and not getting the ball.

  8. Bolton is fun to watch. Coyle’s dedication to playing more appealing soccer combined with the heart that all of the Bolton players seem to have is a perfect combination. Also, there is a noticable difference in how high Stu is playing. I think the goal last week combined with the amount of possesion Bolton is having is allowing him to really get into the attack. He almost got his second goal today.

    Man I never thought I would say this, but come on Bolton, get your three points to keep pace with Tottenham!

  9. Seriously. Coyle has transformed their style to something good to watch while still maintaining the defensive bite. Notwithstanding my drunk, bitter remarks from the other nigh (for which I apologized), I like watching Bolton these days.

  10. I can’t tell you how fabulous it is to see a team like Bolton playing good football and, so far, challenging the big boys for spots at the top of the table. I don’t know if they can stay there, because the season in not yet half over and I don’t think they have the funds to make a significant upgrade in JAN, but it’s great to see them play well thus far.

    Bravo Owen Coyle and bravo Bolton!

  11. The problem is more Americans will watch the EPL then this MLS final. So if more Americans watch EPL then MLS, he is speaking with an American voice.
    It sad it’s that way, but Americans seem to like the best, and IMO MLS is catching the top world leagues. Maybe in a year or two there will be a shift.

  12. Most of the V-share links on ATDHE have been down the last couple of weeks. I was trying to catch Bolton-Toon match as well. No luck with Veetle either.

  13. So a person is a “EuroSnob” because he may be a huge Arsenal fan, and not a Dallas/CO fan?

    It seems more like you may be suffering a bit of xenophobia, or American elitism.

  14. beautiful header pass by Bradley. Great stop by the keeper. This announcer is bizarre. He’s alternating from one sentence to the next, criticizing and praising the teams.

  15. Arsenal is soft. Whenever someone points this out, it seems poeple come rushing to their defense and say it is unfair to call them soft. The arguments against them being soft seem to be that they play “beautiful” football and refs should reward them for this, and they are young and will become tougher. Well, five years removed from winning any trophy, they are older but still soft. Maybe, it’s because they favor slight French-speaking players who have penchants for diving.

  16. geez Bradley makes two good plays, then gives the ball away messily. But ‘Gladbach looks better in the last couple of games than earlier. The defense is a bit more settled.

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