Manchester City has seen a once hefty lead atop the English Premier League evaporate and now the Cititzens find themselves in second place, trailing Manchester United by three points.
If City is going to stay in the playoffs race, they need a win tody against Sunday, a victory that won't come easy without Sergio Aguero, who is set to miss the match with an undisclosed injury.
Arsenal also holds a three-point, lead, but on third place in the Premier League. The Gunners can maintain or expand that lead with a victory today against London rival Queens Park Rangers, which is in a relegation fight and currently sits in the relegation zone.
In Spain, arguably the best match of the weekend features FC Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao. Lionel Messi is playing out of his mind, but Bilbao has also been playing outstanding soccer in the Europa League and should give the defending La La champions a tough test.
If you will be watching today's match, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (Today's commentary is after the jump):
TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV
7 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go - Motherwell vs. Rangers
9:30 a.m. - GOLTV - Nurnberg vs. Bayern Munich
10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Aston Villa vs. Chelsea
10 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go - Queens Park Rangers vs. Arsenal
10 a.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - Everton vs. West Brom
10 a.m. - FoxSoccer2Go – Fulham vs. Norwich City
10 a.m. – FoxSoccer2Go - Wigan Athletic vs. Stoke City
10 a.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - Wolverhampton vs. Bolton
10 a.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - West Ham vs. Reading
10 a.m. - ESPN2/ESPN3.com - Manchester City vs. Sunderland
12 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - AC Milan vs. Catania
12 p.m. - GOLTV - Racing Santander vs. Granada
12 p.m. - DirecTV/Dish Network - Sporting Gijon vs. Real Zaragoza
12:25 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go - Blackpool vs. Southampton
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - Auxerre vs. Valenciennes
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - Bordeaux vs. Dijon
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - Lorient vs. Evian Thonon Gaillard
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - St. Etienne vs. Nice
1 p.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - Sochaux vs. Brest
2 p.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes – Osasuna vs. Real Madrid
2 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew
2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel - Parma vs. Lazio
4 p.m. – GOLTV - Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao
4 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact
4 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
4:15 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Benfica vs. Sporting Braga
6 p.m. - NBC Sports Network/Mun2 - Honduras vs. El Salvador
6:30 p.m. - ESPN Deportes/Azteca America - Cruz Azul vs. San Luis
7 p.m. - Telefutura - Queretaro vs. Puebla
8 p.m. - Telemundo - Mexico vs. Canada
9 p.m. – Telefutura - Tigres UANL vs. Morelia
10 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes
10 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake
10:30 p.m. - Galavision - Atlas vs. Pumas UNAM
11 p.m. - NBC Sports Network - Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New England Revolution
11 p.m. - Telefutura - Atlante vs. Jaguares
The schedule above is incorrect.
6pm – mun2 – El Salvador vs Honduras
9pm – NBC Sports Network & Telemundo – Mexico vs Canada
Both matches will also be streamed at concacaf.com
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I agree that Balotelli is under a microscope all the time. He needs to work harder at times and can pout when things aren’t going his way. And, yeah, his argument with Kolarov went a little too far. But people will make too much of it. He’s scoring goals, and as far as I’m concerned, his attitude is not killing this team, lack of urgency is. Just about every player is getting outworked week in, week out despite being in their first close Premier League title race in decades. Never any urgency until they are behind late in the game. Pressure the ball in your half, make runs off the ball, create some width and put in some crosses. Simple stuff really.
Yeah but remember his goals?
Defender taken off for a striker.
So what happened with Whitbread? Looks like he was pulled after the first half? Poor form, or something else?
I don’t mind him. He’s pretty well informed and also has the resume to back it up. That said, I’m looking for insightful commentary which is rare from most pairs of commentators.
Guzan should definitely have a chance to start a match in the following weeks. Given needs a rest or something
He dove 3 times in the first half, got screamed at by his coach for not running, and got in a fight with a group of his teammates during the game. He deserves whatever attention they give him, he’s a freaking nutjob.
Also, Aguero is their best forward.
Balotelli is the best forward on the man city roster. You can hate him because of his actipns and attitude But his talent is undeniable. He is also under a ridiculous microscope. What other player gets a camera close up after he touches the ball every time. The English broadcast and print media have it out for him now
I hope so. He has great attacking instincts and can plug in on either side in the back (or in MF).
He didn’t seem culpable on either of the last 2 goals, but I tuned in when it was still 0-2 Chelsea so I don’t know about the first 2.
Torres’ goal should definitely have been saved.
He did spend the first half of the season injured.
Guzan needs to be starting, I love shay given but he has blown so many games this season.
Pizzaro has been City’s best player today haha
He leads the team in assists I believe.
Great goal by him. Always liked his style and hope this is a harbinger of things to come.
How ridiculous is it that in this horrible run of form from Villa they had a player like Lichaj just rotting on the bench?
This guy has been so disrespected by that team.
Wow…quick City goals to equalize.
Lichaj better start every game for Villa on the run-in.
This dude needs to be part of qualifying. Maybe he stays as a starter for AV which would be wonderful
is it me or has Fernando Torres become an excellent assist man? He probably has 10 assists for the season. Spain may just need him for euro 2012.
4 years ago he was scoring like crazy and he opened up space for Villa and the others, but now he is crossing like a winger and creating goals through movement.
most likely Wolves and Wigan and
AV wont be relegated
Okay Torres is Chelsea’s best player, and that is with his scoring problems.
The dude is just balling hard.
. . . and they give one back. Man, that was a brilliant play by Torres.