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The battle for first place in the English Premier League continues to rage on as arch-rivals Manchester City and Manchester United continue to pull away from the pack as they keep pressuring each other.

Manchester City holds the lead at the moment, but face a tricky test on the road against Swansea City. Manchester United rolled through the rough part of their schedule and now take on West Brom at Old Trafford. Both teams suffered Europa League losses last week, and could be tempted to rest key players as they look to turn around their results in the return legs.

If you were impressed with Athletic Bilbao's victory over Manchester United, you can watch them in action against Osasuna.

In Serie A, title leaders AC Milan and Juventus are both in action, while French League leaders Paris St. Germain look to extend their lead atop Ligue 1.

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 commentary is after the jump):


7 a.m. – DirecTV - Atletico Madrid vs. Granada

7:30 a.m. - Deportes - NAC Breda vs. PSV Eindhoven

8:15 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus - Middlesbrough vs. Leeds United

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Manchester United vs. West Brom

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/ - Swansea City vs. Manchester City

10 a.m. - - AC Milan vs. Lecce

10 a.m. – - Genoa vs. Juventus

10:30 a.m. - GOLTV - Werder Bremen vs. Hannover 96

11 a.m. - Deportes - Valencia vs. Mallorca

12 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus - Norwich City vs. Wigan Athletic

12 p.m. - - Dijon vs. Paris-St. Germain

12 p.m. – – Stade Rennes vs. Auxerre

1 p.m. - GOLTV - Racing Santander vs. Barcelona

2 p.m. - Univision - Pumas UNAM vs. Estudiantes Tecos

3 p.m. - ESPN Deportes - Botafogo vs. Palmeiras

3 p.m. - NBC Sports Network - FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls

3:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Lazio vs. Bologna

4 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/ - Montpellier vs. Caen

4:30 p.m. - GOLTV - Osasuna vs. Athletic Bilbao

6:30 p.m. - GOLTV - Boca Juniors vs. Independiente

7 p.m. - Galavision - Chivas USA vs. Houston Dynamo


  1. I’d disagree that they “want it” to come down to the derby. I absolutely think that United don’t fear it at all, and MAYBE City isn’t of that mindset yet.

    I’m just tired of mining quotes for psychological glimpses that probably aren’t there.

  2. some of these other guys will know a lot better than I do, but I would assume it’s partly to capitalize on the huge hispanic market in LA and to double dip on the Home Depot Center with the Galaxy.

  3. I’m new to following the MLS as of last season. Right now I’m watching the Chivas vs Houston. Can some of you guys please tell me why the Chivas play in LA instead of PHX, Vegas or San Diego or San Antonio? just wondering…..

  4. what the hell is going on out here? Dallas 11 shirt whining, Benitez with a nasty push. Not a red, but definitely a yellow.

    These teams don’t have any significant history, do they?

  5. You may be right that there’s nothing deeper, but consider this… you can bet your life savings that Rooney and SAF DO want it to come down to the derby. People with a true killer instinct (like those two have proven they have) would love to wrap up a title by beating their fiercest rivals. Think back to MJ’s hall of fame speech

  6. That pk for that dive that Fabregas did is why I’m glad that I’m an american that plays soccer not some girly euro player. Horrible call

  7. Yeah Bradley is much better this year than he was last year, but I watched a dozen Gladbach games last year, and on average Bradley was the second best player on the team, after Reus. The reason they sucked is because they had tons of injuries, especially to their defenders, not because they had Bradley on the team. The suggestion that Bradley was the problem is idiotic and I doubt anyone who is saying so actually watched them play regularly last year.

  8. Ok, I don’t understand this. If this quote you cite indeed happened and is accurate, what is wrong with hoping that? Essentially, isn’t Silva saying that they hope City salt away the title before the matchup with United? Wouldn’t United hope to have the title won by then too? Don’t teams want to clinch things as early as possible? For me, there’s nothing in that quote from Silva. No deeper meaning, no glimpse into City’s soul…

    I might agree with you about “bottle” but I don’t agree that this quote you speak of demonstrates anything at all.

  9. AZ continues to have problems with wide service. The wingers and FBs have been terrible once again. Jozy will need to pull out more and become a playmaker for AZ to win.

  10. Also, SAF and United have the bottle for these white knuckle times. It’s dubious City, for all the money they throw around, does. Silva was in the news already saying he hoped the title didn’t come done to the April 30th derby. Today’s loss makes it almost certain that City has to hope it ‘does’ now.

  11. Good examples today on why United will beat City for the title. SAF has the ambition to attack when things aren’t going great, while Mancini prefers to defend more when team is off.

  12. I bey eating fresh Italian cuisine everyday instead of heavy, heavy German meals is the real reason behind Bradley’s rennaissance. You are what you eat.

  13. British commentator doing the City game once again claims a penalty wasn’t called for because the contact wasn’t intentional. It doesn’t need be. In this instance he should have said their was little contact.

  14. A big chance for AZ to get a little breathing room at the top of the table of they win today with PSV and Twente both heading for defeat

  15. You’re right, Fran, that he wasn’t showing as well but I think he didn’t just suddenly get good. But I agree that he fits into his role at Chievo better.


  16. Watching cherundolo & hannover. He really is a masterful right back, comfortable on the ball and tight spaces, great one touches, hard tackler. And Hannover has another good team this year.

  17. In fairness to the debate, MB was in nowhere near the form he is in this year that he was in last year.

    His play is incredibly sharp this year and it showed recently with the Nats, too.

    Last year? I barely recognized him.

  18. yeah I recall they had horrible strikers. Basically Reus was scoring a few goals to keep them alive. Their defense leaked. I don’t know what they added to make themselves better, but it has definitely worked.

  19. I would think one player moving is not the cause of that kind of change. In addition, he is playing ridiculously well in his defensive mid role in Serie A mid-table team. I think it’s safe to say MB was not BMG’s problem.

  20. interesting. Yet Bradley is where he should be. He was a fan of SERIE A as a kid so I’m sure he’s much happier playing there now. Plus Chievo are mid table. His 3 years with BMG were all relegation fights.


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