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A hugely important London Derby headlines a full slate of matches on Saturday as English Premier League leaders Chelsea take on fierce rivals Arsenal in an early-morning showdown.

The Blues enter Saturday atop the EPL table with four wins and a draw in their first five games, but they face a massive test in the Gunners, who despite sitting in fifth place are also unbeaten themselves. Chelsea have been helped out by the news that captain John Terry's four-match ban will not take effect quite yet, meaning he is available for this morning's clash with Arsenal.

Another big match in England sees second-place Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney could feature in the starting lineup for the Red Devils, although they will be without Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia. Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey could get his first crack at a top EPL team since joining Tottenham earlier this season.

In Spain, Barcelona put their perfect record through five games on the line as they travel to take on Sevilla. Barcelona haven't dropped any points this season, but Sevilla are also yet to drop any points at home. Something has to give on Saturday in this massive late-afternoon match.

If you will be watching any of today's games, 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):

TODAY'S TV SCHEDULE

7:45am – ESPN2 - Arsenal vs. Chelsea

9:30am – GolTV - Werder Bremen vs. Bayern Munich

10am – FoxSoccer2go – Everton vs. Southampton

10am – Fox Soccer Channel - Fulham vs. Manchester City

10am – Fox Soccer Plus - Norwich City vs. Liverpool

10am – FoxSoccer2go - Reading vs. Newcastle United

10am - FoxSoccer2go - Stoke City vs. Swansea City

10am - FoxSoccer2go - Sunderland vs. Wigan Athletic

10am - FoxSoccer2go - Motherwell vs. Celtic

10am - beIN Sport en Espanol - Valencia vs. Real Zaragoza

11:30am – Univision Deportes - Paris St. Germain vs. Sochaux

Noon – beIN Sport en Espanol - Parma vs. AC Milan

12:30pm - Fox Soccer Channel - Manchester United vs. Tottenham

12:30pm – GolTV - Borussia Dortmund vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach

2pm – beIN Sport - Real Sociedad vs. Athletic Bilbao

2pm – Univision Deportes - Ajaccio vs. Brest

2pm – beIN Sport 2 - Nancy vs. Montpellier

2:45pm – RAI - Juventus vs. Roma

2:45pm – ESPN3.com - Ajax vs. Twente

3:30pm- ESPN3.com - Rio Ave vs. Porto

4pm – beIN Sport - Sevilla vs. Barcelona

5:30pm – Univision - Club America vs. Morelia

7pm – MLS Direct Kick/MSG - New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC

7:30pm – MLS Direct Kick - Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union

8pm – Telefutura - Tigres UANL vs. San Luis

8:30pm – MLS Direct Kick - Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution

9pm - NBC Sports Network - Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders

10:30pm - MLS Direct Kick – Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United

10:30pm - MLS Direct Kick – Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30pm - MLS Direct Kick – San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas

Comments

  1. Dempsey does need to step it up. I don’t think he gets yanked at the half since Spurs are up, but I’d say he has 20 minutes to look better.

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  2. There really isn’t much room for Dempsey to be working in. As evidenced by the goals, the space seems to be down the flanks right now. Dempsey is having to do the dirty work tracking Scholes or Carrick and closing passing lanes. Meanwhile, Scholes and Carrick are guarding the space in front of he backline and giving Deuce no space.

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  3. Dempsey can’t keep up with Spurs’ vertical tempo and has been dispossessed literally almost every time he has had the ball…..sometimes by Scholes.

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  4. WOW. Another early goal, but it’s Tottenham with Verthongen on a barnstorming run through several United players, who didn’t defend well to be honest. 1-0 to Spurs!

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  5. Much better than the logic that a team which was winless in 5 games scoring only 4 goals and conceding 10 is secretly a great team and that them scoring more than their entire season total in a single game against another awful team is not significant and relative to how bad that losing team is.

    Go ahead and play in whatever fantasy you want. But the reality is that Norwich City is -9 in goal differential through 6 games while conceding on average more than 2 goals a game and scoring only .66 goals a game. Pathetic.

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  6. Jump to conclusions much? Do you honestly think that just because Liverpool are in the bottom half of the table six weeks into the season, that means their soundly beating another team effectively condemns that team to relegation? Your logic is stultifying.

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  7. Dzeko with the soul crushing goal against Fulham.

    Liverpool is in the relegation zone–and just dropped 5 on Norwich City. Can we just relegate Norwich now and not go through the charade of playing out an actual season? I think we know the ending.

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  8. He is playing as a D-Mid on the left today it seems, or he might be playing left back. He has had been involved in quite a bit of flank play around the center and attacking third of the field.

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  9. Geoff Cameron is really fitting in nicely with The Potters. I’m pleasantly surprised that he is making a quick impact for Stoke. He moves about the field with ease, like he is back at Robertson Stadium instead of the toughest league in the world.

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  10. Been thinking the exact same thing, Giroud has been very unimpressive thus far. Arsenal needs a ruthless finisher and deuce is just that in front of goal.

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  11. Poor Giroud. another miss.

    Arsenal should have bought Dempsey. I mean come on 17 league goals last season. 12 goals the season before. He’s 2 inches shorter than Giroud, 3 years older but loads more experience.

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  12. Hoffenheim’s 22-year-old right winger Boris Vukcevic was involved in a horrific car crash yesterday when the car he was driving crashed into a truck. He is today still in critical condition and in an artificial coma. The German football association gave a green light for Hoffenheim to cancel the game, but the team voted to play the game in his honor, with the blessing of Vukcevic’s parents. Picture 4 in the story below shows the truck he hit.

    http://www.welt.de/sport/fussball/bundesliga/1899-hoffenheim/article109539670/Vukcevics-Eltern-Spielt-und-kaempft-fuer-Boris.html

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  13. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1155944/footballers-not-exempt-from-75-france-tax?cc=5901

    Francois Hollande, the president of France, has said there will be no exceptions to his 75% tax on those earning more than €1 million a year – meaning a host of footballers will have to conform to the new rule.

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    After reports had suggested that high-earning athletes and artists could be exempted from the tax, Hollande told French television channel TF1 it would be applied to everyone of a certain level of wealth.

    He said: “It’s very important that those who are paid more than €1 million are also aware that it should be an example to be a patriot. We have to call on patriotism at this time.”

    It is believed that around 25 people at Paris St Germain – whose star summer signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is reported to be on around €14 million a year – would be affected.

    Others in French football reported to be liable for the new tax include Thiago Silva, Yoann Gourcuff, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Michel Bastos, Lisandro Lopez, Diego Lugano, Thiago Motta and Joey Barton.

    reason why Edu may have not gone to France? This may actually open up spots for cheaper players, perhaps MLS types?

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