By MICHAEL KLINE
This weekend gives Queens Park Rangers the opportunity to move up a couple places in the relegation zone, while Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona will all look to extend their tremendous leads atop their respective leagues.
Aston Villa will face a relegation battle for the second weekend in a row on Saturday, when they host Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park. Brad Guzan and the Villans climbed out of the relegation zone last week, but a loss to QPR
The Villans were able to move three points clear of the relegation zone last weekend after defeating Reading 2-1, but QPR will look to ride their own good form and attempt to win their third consecutive match for the first time this season. A win would move QPR up two spots in the table and within a point from exiting the relegation zone, something they’ve only managed to avoid once this season.
In Germany, Bayer Leverkusen will attempt the impossible when they welcome league-leaders Bayern Munich to the BayArena.
Leverkusen have already done what no other German club has been able to do so far this season, by beating Bayern the first time the two clubs met. Bayern has been in simply amazing form through their first 25 matches in the Bundesliga, and their 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, a scoreline that hasn’t been seen at the Allianz Arena since Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern 2-0 in 2011, may serve as the perfect reminder to the German Giants that they aren’t quite invincible.
AC Milan will host Palermo at the San Siro on Sunday, and Milan will hope to push their collapse against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday as far back in their minds as possible.
Their rebound-match couldn’t get any easier, however, as they face the worst team in Serie A. Palermo will head to Milan searching for their first win in league play since November of 2012, and just their fourth win overall this season. The Rosanero are faced with a difficult task on Sunday, but the possibility of catching Milan in a post-loss daze may provide the opportunity to turn their season around.
Here is a rundown of This Weekend’s Soccer on TV:
THIS WEEKEND’S SOCCER ON TV
3:30pm – Univision Deportes – Marseille vs. Ajaccio
4pm – ESPN3.com – Gil Vincente vs. Sporting Braga
4:45pm – beIN Sport en Español – Deportivo La Coruña vs. Celta de Vigo
9:30pm – ESPN Deportes – Jaguares vs. Morelia
8:45am – ESPN2/ESPN3.com – Everton vs. Manchester City
10:30am – GolTV – Borussia Dortmund vs. Freiburg
11am – FoxSoccer2Go.com – Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers
11am – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go.com – Southampton vs. Liverpool
11am – Fox Soccer Channel – Swansea City vs. Arsenal
11am – FoxSoccer2Go.com – Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion
11am – beIN Sport – Real Sociedad vs. Real Valladolid
12:30pm – NBC/MLS Live – New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United
1pm – beIN Sport – Catania vs. Udinese
1pm – beIN Sport en Español – Getafe vs. Athletic Club
1:30pm – Fox Soccer Channel – Manchester United vs. Reading
1:30pm – GolTV – Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich
3pm – NBC Sports Network/MLS Live – Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire
3pm – Univision Deportes – Lille vs. Evian TG
3pm – beIN Sport – Real Madrid vs. Mallorca
3:45pm – beIN Sport en Español – Bologna vs. Juventus
4pm – MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live – Montreal Impact vs. Toronto
5pm – Univision Deportes/MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live – Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution
5pm – beIN Sport – Valencia vs. Real Betis
5:30pm – MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live – Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes
6pm – MLS Direct Kick/MLS Live – Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids
7pm – Univision – América vs. San Luis
8pm – NBC Sports Network/MLS Live – Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers
9pm – UniMás – Pachuca vs. Puebla
9pm – Univision Deportes – Tigers UANL vs. Guadalajara
11pm – Galavision – Atlas vs. Santos Laguna
1am – Univision Deportes – Tijuana vs. Monterrey
9:30am – Fox Soccer Channel – Sunderland vs. Norwich City
10am – beIN Sport en Español – Napoli vs. Atalanta
10am – beIN Sport – AC Milan vs. Palermo
10:30am – GolTV – Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Stuttgart
11am – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go.com – Tottenham vs. Fulham
12pm – Fox Soccer Channel – Chelsea vs. West Ham United
12pm – FoxSoccer2Go.com – Wigan Athletic vs. Newcastle United
12pm – beIN Sport – Toulouse vs. Bordeaux
12pm – beIN Sport en Español – Sevilla vs. Real Zaragoza
12:30pm – GolTV – Borussia M’gladbach vs. Hannover 96
1pm – ESPN2/ESPN3.com/MLS Live – FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo
2pm – beIN Sport – Osasuna vs. Atlético Madrid
2pm – Univision – Pumas UNAM vs. León
4pm – beIN Sport – Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano
4:30pm – ESPN3.com – Vitória Guimarães vs. Benfica
5pm – UniMás/MLS Live – Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA
8pm – Univision Deportes – Atlante vs. Cruz Azul
I think MLS having a “rivalry week” screams minor league. It apperas that Garber and co. feel it is vital for the league to stress that hardcore rivalries exist between their frachises. I would prefer a normal schedule where the teams meet one another at any given time, not at a designated time period. It Reminds me so much of college basketball and that’s why I disagree with it for a professional sports league.
The article should probably mention the NBC Sports “Whip Around” broadcast, It’s going to be in the studio between games with updates, cuts to live coverage, etc. It sounds like something we never had for US Soccer coverage before.
+1 and psyched for the big rivalry match-ups.
Yeah, this is big news, I don’t know why more news sites aren’t talking about it.
Imagine if they did this every Saturday. EVERY US soccer fan should be watching…
we haven’t had it with the MLS. But back in the 80’s the NASL on CBS had this.
why is Tijuana-Monterrey on at 1AM? what’s that all about? would like to watch Monterrey match
dont you know fsc only show chelski and Man ure
Nice to see MLS sprinkled across national networks’ lineups this weekend. Vamos United!
Just wish FSC on sat would’ve flipped the Arsenal match to their ‘Plus’ station so I could watch Liverpool hopefully sustain their momentum from last week’s W against Spurs.
I’m glad they didn’t
Fine, be like that 🙂
From ESPN3’s website –
3/17 9:30 AM EDT AZ Alkmaar vs. Ajax