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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (& SBI’s Top Ten Matches to Watch)

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The North London Derby headlines this weekend's proceedings as Tottenham and Arsenal renew one of the fiercest rivalries in world soccer.

Brad Friedel and Spurs will be the favorites, but you can never predict what will happen when Harry Redknapp's squad takes on Arsene Wenger's team. The Gunners will come in with some confidence after posting an important Champions League victory.

There are Derbys galore around the world, but another English derby will share headlines with Tottenham/Arsenal, as the Merseyside Derby captures the attention of viewers on both sides of the pond.

MLS features a handful of quality match-ups, from the West Coast clash between Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake, to the important East Coast match-up between D.C. United and Columbus. The loaded playoff race should come into focus after those matches, as well as Houston's tangle with the Chicago Fire.

Here are SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch, and This Weekend's Soccer on TV:

SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch

1. Tottenham vs. Arsenal. North London Derby. Enough said.

2. Everton vs. Liverpool. Merseyside Derby. Enough said. 

3. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake. Galaxy look to lock up Supporters Shield, RSL looks to halt recent skid.

4. Juventus vs. AC Milan. Andrea Pirlo faces his former club in the latest installment of this historic derby.

5. Inter Milan vs. Napoli. Can Claudio Rainieri really turn things around for Inter? We'll see against a dangerous Napoli side.

6. Paris St. Germain vs. Olympique Lyon. Bitter French rivals clash in a match-up boasting tons of talent.

7. Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United. Crew trying desperately to hold onto playoff spot while D.C. desperate to grab one. 

8. Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire. Dominic Oduro gets to face the team that traded him earlier in the season, and Fire can edge closer to playoffs. Won't be easy in Houston though.

9. North Carolina vs. Duke. Traditional rivals face off in match that will feature a ton of future pros, including blue-chip prospects Andrew Wenger and Billy Schuler.

10. San Luis vs. Puebla. U.S. national team call-ups DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco face off. 




7pm- Fox Soccer Channel- North Carolina vs. Duke

7:30pm- ESPNU- UConn vs. Notre Dame


7:45am- ESPN2- Everton vs. Liverpool

9:30am- GolTV- Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich

10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackburn vs. Manchester City

10am- Fox Soccer Channel- Manchester United vs. Norwich City

10am- Aston Villa vs. Wigan

10am- Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion

10am- Wolverhampton vs. Newcastle United

Noon- Fox Soccer Plus- Roma vs. Atalanta

Noon- GolTV- Villarreal vs. Real Zaragoza

Noon- DirecTV- Osasuna vs. Mallorca

12:20pm- Leicester City vs. Derby County

12:30pm- Hertha Berlin vs. FC Cologne

1pm- Caen vs. Nice

1pm- Dijon vs. Ajaccio

1pm- Lorient vs. Valenciennes

1pm- AS Nancy Lorraine vs. Evian TG

1pm- Saint Etienne vs. Auxerre

1pm- Sochaux vs. Toulouse

2pm- GolTV- Valencia vs. Granada

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Inter Milan vs. Napoli

2:45pm- Azteca America- Jaguares vs. Atlas

3pm- Bordeaux vs. Montpellier

4pm- Telefutura/MLS Direct Kick- Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

4pm- DirecTV- Malaga vs. Getafe

5pm- GolTV- Fluminense vs. Santos

5pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. Club America

5:30pm- Azteca America- Morelia vs. Estudiantes Tecos

7:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls

7:30pm- MLS Direct Kick- New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders

8pm- Telemundo- Chivas Guadalajara vs. Queretaro

8pm- Telefutura- Santos Laguna vs. Cruz Azul

9pm- MLS Direct Kick- Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas

9:45pm- Galavision- San Luis vs. Puebla

10pm- Telefutura- Atlante vs. Pachuca

10:30pm- MLS Direct Kick- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30pm- MLS Direct Kick- San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City


6:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Novara vs. Catania

8:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Bolton vs. Chelsea

9am- Fiorentina vs. Lazio

9am- Parma vs. Genoa

10am- Fulham vs. Queens Park Rangers

10am- Swansea City vs. Stoke City

10am- Real Betis vs. Levante

10:30am- NEC Breda vs. PSV Eindhoven

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Tottenham vs. Arsenal

11am- Lille vs. Stade Rennes

11am- Olympique Marseille vs. Brest

11:30am- GolTV- Hamburg vs. Schalke

Noon- Atletico Madrid vs. Sevilla

2pm- GolTVB- Sporting Gijon vs. Barcelona

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Juventus vs. AC Milan

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Paris St. Germain vs. Olympique Lyon

3pm- ESPN Deportes- Tijuana vs. Tigres UANL

3pm- ESPNU- Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina

3:15pm- Academica de Coimbra vs. FC Porto

4pm- ESPN2- Espanyol vs. Real Madrid

4pm- MLS Direct Kick- Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United

4:30pm- MLS Direct Kick- Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers

7pm- Fox Deportes- Morelia vs. Estudiantes Tecos

8pm- MLS Direct Kick- Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia Union


  1. The Liverpool derby official Atkinson needs to be suspended.
    Jack Rodwell makes a stong one-footed tackle on Saurez wins the ball but nicks Saurez with the follow through. Atkinson gives a straight red for a tackle that may not have deserved a yellow. It ruined the game, and suspended an innocent player. The card needs to be revoked and Atkinson needs to be suspended.

  2. Buddle looked completely lost against Mexico in August, but then so did the whole team until a few substitutions were made. He also wasn’t getting much service.

    That said, I think he and Findley deserve at least one more look. I’d say Findley first, though, since he has more years in him.

  3. It’s not just that the red card against Rodwell was wrong — it was also unnecessarily wrong, given that Atkinson was no more than 5 feet away from the tackle. And there was absolutely no hesitation on his part either, as the card came out straight away. Completely insane.

  4. Oh, man, Daniel Williams playing midfield with a great ball win in the 25th minute and attack down the left wing. No goal, but looked awesome against Bayern.

  5. Hmmmm, have to say that it’s been surprisingly even with Everton’s 10 and Liverpool’s 12….

    …until Carroll just beat Howard. Bad luck.

  6. Yeah Dempsey has been quite good this season. It’s just if his teammates can UP their game as well and actually score some goals.

    Buddle and Gomez would do well for qualifying. No other strikers in MLS can match them. I doubt either makes the roster for the next WC though.

    Bunbury and Agudelo are just not to the LEVEL necessary yet for the NT. They need to stick with the u-23’s

  7. Thanks. With Buddle, Gomez and Jozy scoring somewhat regularly (for Jozy, I think he is AZ leading scorer with Europa League included?), I’m digging the weekly YA recap so far. Hoping Deuce can bag a few more soon given (at least from reports on this site and others) he’s been lively for Fulham.

  8. Apparently Buddle scored 2 goals today for Ingolstadt. That’s 5 goals so far this season, Incredible. He needs another call-up, definitely above Bunbury.

  9. Ahh seriously you put these matches (coming from a Manutd fan):

    1. Tottenham vs. Arsenal. North London Derby. Enough said.

    2. Everton vs. Liverpool. Merseyside Derby. Enough said.

    3. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake. Galaxy look to lock up Supporters Shield, RSL looks to halt recent skid.

    over Juventus vs Ac Milan lol
    shows the author knows nothing about football.
    Juventus vs AC Milan match will be epic. Don’t listen to the author.


    The fact that we’re considered favorites this time makes me think we’re going to, like, blow a 4-0 lead or something.

  11. Wait, there’s such a thing as “NW haters”?

    I’ll admit, I hate Sounders fans–not because of where they live, but because they think they’re God’s gift to MLS.

    Include Vancouver v. Portland in the Top Ten or don’t; I actually keep forgetting we have a team in Vancouver.


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