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This weekend's English Premier League action marked the one-third point of the season, leaving plenty of soccer left to play, but Manchester City could put a stranglehold on first place in England with a win against Liverpool today.

The Reds are the only thing standing between City and a seven-point lead atop the Premier League, and Liverpool has its own motivation for wanting to win at Anfield today. A victory would push Kenny Dalglish's men past Arsenal and into a tie with Chelsea, just a point behind Newcastle for fourth place.

If you want to watch an American player taking on a top European club, look no further than Serie A, where Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona take on AC Milan at the San Siro. Chievo has won two straight to climb into the top half of the Serie A standings, and could catapult to as high as fifth place with an upset victory.

In France, Paris St. Germain will look to move back into a tie for first place with surprising Montpelier by beating rival Olympique Marseille in the top Ligue 1 match of the weekend.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's Soccer TV Schedule is after the jump):

TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV

8:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Swansea City vs. Aston Villa

9 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Siena vs. Inter Milan

9 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Palermo vs. Fiorentina

9:30 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Werder Bremen vs. Stuttgart

10 a.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Levante vs. Sporting Gijon

10:30 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Twente vs. Vitesse

11 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Liverpool vs. Manchester City

11 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Auxerre vs. Lyon

11 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Lorient vs. Nice

11:30 a.m. - GOLTV - Mainz 05 vs. Bayern Munich

12 p.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Espanyol vs. Osasuna

1:45 p.m. - GOLTV - Athletic Bilbao vs. Granada

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - AC Milan vs. Chievo Verona

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus - Marseille vs. Paris-St. Germain

3:30 p.m. - GOLTV - Real Zaragoza vs. Sevilla

5:30 p.m. - GOLTV - Godoy Cruz vs. Boca Juniors

6 p.m. - Telefutura - Santos Laguna vs. Jaguares

8 p.m. - Telemundo - Tigres UANL vs. Pachuca

Comments

  1. Keep spinning this lie Kaiser, unless you actually think left-sided midfielders are supposed to man mark centerbacks 30 yards from goal who don’t have the ball. Could you be more clueless?

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  2. For someone who calls himself “Der Kaiser” you really don’t have a clue about soccer. Bradley stepped to Silva early on the play to force him to give the ball up. Silva is a CENTERBACK. Bradley’s just wasn’t to pick up a centerback as a mark 30 yards from goal. Bradley moved to the left to put pressure on Boateng. It is the fault of Chievo’s forwards that there was nobody there to pressure Silva, NOT Bradley’s.

    This Bradley hate is a joke. He was Chievo’s best player in the first half. PERIOD.

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  3. Wouldn’t rag on Khan too much, you should hear the sh*t the Italian commentators were dropping, man it was epic.

    Ahh and fittingly so the feed gets taken down. Espn3 it is.

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  4. se gli italiani siano cosi’ intelligente, perche’ non dicono niente di questa cosa, eh, che MB sta giocando fuori di posizione e che questa e’ la scelta dall’allentore?

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  5. Curious if the announcer is concentrating all his criticism on mb? Chievo are outclassed at every position. And of the four goals conceded so far, bradley was responsible for zero of them.

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  6. Is his poor positioning on the left the reason why all the AC goals are coming from the other side of the pitch? Just wondering.

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  7. I am watching the game, and if they are calling Bradley an idiot then they need to dispense harsher words for the whole backline, who look nervous challenging any ball. Bradley hate is cool here and call, but perspective is always a good thing, they have attacked down the opposite side of Bradley more then not…. The whole team is playing horrible, to single one player out for criticism is ignoring the team aspect of soccer.
    You could replace Bradley with Xavi and the scoreline would be the same.

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  8. Strange, the announcer venom, most of the attacks are coming down Cheivo’s right side – opposite bradley. I thought he was about the only donkey pushing pressure up higher.

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  9. He’s being played as the left midfielder, but he’s been caught out of position either too central/right or too forward.

    Doubt the coach told him to hang out even or above the forwards.

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  10. While Bradley has been on his heels defensively so has the entire f***ing team. On goals 3 and 4, Luciano-? is clearly the culprit (not Bradley’s side of midfield). Has he closed down quickly all the time or left his space to mark thereby leaving space – yup. Was he at fault individually for any of the goals – that’s off base IMO. Good grief, it’s clear Chievo is horrid in this match and Milan is leagues better in skill and precision.

    I agree with Ives’ tweet that his passing has been tidy and generally positive.

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  11. What glee? I’m watching the game and relaying the italian feed I’m watching. They have NOTHING good to say about him, want me to just make things up?

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  12. MB NEEDS to stay in position, it’s killing Chievo’s midfield. No reason for him to be that far up in the middle, and he turns it over which leads to the PK and goal.

    (SBI-I get that hating Bradley is your thing and all, but can you stick to things that actually happened? Bradley didn’t “turn it over which leads to the PK and goal.” That statement pretty much shows your skewed view. Luciano tried to thread a pass forward to Bradley and it was picked off, Milan then proceeded to circulate the ball to the opposite wing. So there was no “Bradley turnover” nor was Bradley’s position related to the subsequent PK.

    Bradley did commit a foul near the penalty area earlier that wasn’t smart, but any notion that this loss is somehow his fault is pure comedy and patently absurd.)

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  13. I don’t know what all this hate for bradley is for. He’s easily their best player on the field. He’s the only one completing passes and not looking totally intimidated by Milan. Chievo is just not in the same class. Commentators need to cool it. I think Bradley looks fine.

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  14. Bradley almost gives up a penalty taking down the Milan player from behind, it ends up being a dangerous free kick… but the commentator on this feed just said, “Bradley e un fottuto idiota.”

    Are they allowed to say that on TV? LOL.

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  15. HAHA

    Khan I think we are on the same feed. Announcers are just laying the wood into Bradley for never being in position, his side of midfield is getting torched and he is ahead of the forwards too often. They flipped out when he screwed the dangerous free kick.

    Now they’re screaming at him for chasing someone all the way to the right touch line leaving his eentite side open.

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  16. Haha agreed. I didn’t have a lot of hope but this is very subpar by CV so far. However, I have to say that it is never bad for one of our USMNT members to get experience against this level of competition.

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  17. Italian is a bit rusty but I think I just heard “sempre fuori posizione.” Pretty much translates to always out of position.

    Jeez these guys don’t have nice things to say.

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  18. Poor closing down is diplomatic. The collective D for Chievo is dropping off way too much in the run of play. You can’t donate that much time to Ibra and not pay sooner or later.

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  19. Joe Hart = MOTH. Brilliant save denying Carroll in stoppage time to preserve the tie. One of the best matches of the EPL season so far IMO. Sucks that Red Dragons couldn’t take advantage of Balotelli’s ejection.

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  20. Well… that’s what you get when a forward/wing marks a center back on a well hit corner. 1-0 City

    and like that, Charlie Adam strikes off Lescott, who takes a ridiculous swipe and muffs it big time, and it’s 1 up.

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  21. Lots of pace on both Liverpool and Man City today. Hoping Pool’s backline + Lucas can contain the Man City attacking trio and Suarez can conjure up some magic.

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  22. From bbcnews.com:

    “The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has told the BBC it appears Speed, the national manager for nearly a year, killed himself.”

    Seems very hard to believe.

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