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One team is looking to extend its lead atop the Premier League while the other is just trying to fight for a European place as Manchester United takes on Liverpool today in the North West Derby, the premier match on today's schedule of international club action.

Manchester United will be looking to take advantage of Arsenal's stumble on Saturday, a 0-0 draw against Sunderland that could allow United to widen the gap atop the standings. Liverpool can jump ahead of Bolton for sixth place, and the final automatic qualifying place for Europa League, while also keeping extremely faint hopes of a Top Four finish alive.

Today's soccer schedule doesn't end with the early-morning Man Utd-Liverpool clash. Lazio and Palermo collide in a showcase of some of Europe's best young talent, while Marseille battles with Lille in a meeting of two of France's best.

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):


8:30am- Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. Manchester United

9am-– Inter Milan vs. Genoa

9:30am-– SC Freiburg vs. Werder Bremen

10:30am-– Ajax Amsterdam vs. AZ Alkmaar

11am- Fox Soccer Channel– Wolverhampton vs. Tottenham

11am- DirecTV– Sporting Gijon vs. Getafe

11am-– Malaga vs. Osasuna

11am- DirecTV– Levante vs. Espanyol

11am-– Brest vs. Bordeaux

11am-– Olympique Lyon vs. Arles

11am- Fox Soccer Plus- West Ham United vs. Stoke City

1pm- GolTV– Athletic Bilbao vs. Sevilla

1pm- Telemundo– Toluca vs. Morelia

2:45pm-– Lazio vs. Palermo

3pm- GolTV– Racing Santander vs. Real Madrid

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus– Olympique Marseille vs. Lille

3:15pm-– Sporting Braga vs. Benfica


  1. That was from the soccernet recap.

    This is from epltalk.

    “Carragher was lucky he was only punished with a yellow card for the foul, but the developments that happened right after Nani was fouled were bizarre. Nani, who was obviously incensed, ran over to referee Phil Dowd and pointed at the damage that Carragher had done to his leg, but then fell down with the aid of a Steven Gerrard push as tempers flared and both teams got in each other’s faces. While Dowd was calming players down and showing Carragher the yellow card, Nani was in tears on the ground and was being consoled by Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel. Nani was then stretchered off the pitch, looking like he was in incredible pain. Whether the pain was one of embarrassment from his earlier mistake and antics after being fouled, or whether it was sheer pain, we’ll have to wait and see how long Nani is out to get a better idea.”

  2. Who’s the quote from? I found the whole Gerrard part funny. It was like Gerrard was telling Nani to sit down and the way Nani fell it seemed like he was just trying to draw a card for Gerrard.

    In regards to the tears, the tackle looked like it would hurt even if there was no damage done, so I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt.

  3. So wait, that means Aresenal would have to win a game where they were under pressure?

    that’s a brilliant tactic on Man U’s part I’d say.

  4. Bob, no but I guess I am the “scuttle-the-hot-air-hype-machine-that-thinks-Adu-is-the-second-coming-for-scoring-a-“nifty”-goal-in-Turkish- division-2″ Gestapo is all.

    I’m happy for the guy, Bob, but Messi comparisons are a bit much, in my humble opinion, Bob.

    Oh and since we’ve called me gestapo for voicing an opinion Bob, here’s another one: Heil Reality, Bob!

  5. “However, the Portuguese, already at fault for the second goal, disgraced himself by collapsing to the floor and bursting into tears when Steven Gerrard placed a hand on his shoulder.”

    I”m not the only one to notice Nani’s behavior.

  6. I said I hadn’t heard the extent of his injury, but based on his actions during this game and his entire career, he tends to embellish everything and whine A LOT. Sorry you can’t handle someone voicing an opinion.

  7. You can definitely see on tv that he had a gash on his leg from Carragher’s studs. Whether or not bones were broken/fractured has yet to be said.

  8. haha..sorry I’m not tuned into the goings on of stuff outside the locker room. You shouldn’t be so sensitive. Nani is still a little pansy with or without this injury.

  9. I can’t really tell what’s going on there but it doesn’t look too good. Good find. He still screwed up today. United’s going to have a helluva time winning the title now.

  10. Have we talked about Nani yet? Didn’t it seem like he just emotionally and physically quit after his pathetic blunder? Or did he legitimately get hurt? I haven’t heard. But it sure seemed like to me that he wanted out of that game FAST. United will be really screwed if Nani never recovers from being a baby.

  11. its official javier hernandez is the first concacaf player to ever score 10 goals in a season in the english premire league. dempsey was close to doing it though. Hernandez gave uniteds goal of dignity.

  12. Wow, I guess that tie yesterday isn’t going to hurt Arsenal’s chances too much. Top two just got verrrrrrry interesting.

    But wow, what a performance from Liverpool. Fans are going absolutely insane (and that’s Reds insane, which is a notch or two over the normal football-induced euphoria).

  13. A loss here is dreadful for United.

    This puts Arsenal only 3 points back with a game in hand. If Arsenal wins out then United must as well. If Arsenal wins out and United so much as ties a game, then Arsenal wins the league.

  14. Why does it always appear that United is more interested in drawing a foul than actually doing anything with the ball.

    It’s like they play for the foul.

  15. Don’t know about the bones, but it looked like he was bleeding. I guess we’ll know soon if he was exaggerating the injury.

  16. Definitely that too. Don’t know if the ref even saw Maxi kick Rafael. I think it was also frustration that Carragher wasn’t sent off and they lost Nani. It seemed like it was a chance to get one back at ‘Pool. Tempers were short already.

  17. between his hot temper, and Skrtel and Carragher’s often-poor timing, i’d be very surprised if we don’t see at least one red.


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