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Defending treble winners Bayern Munich look to extend their lead atop the Bundesliga table and make league history when they face rivals Borussia Dortmund on this jam-packed Soccer Saturday of action.

Bayern head to Signal Iduna Park on a 36-match unbeaten run in Bundesliga play, and they can break the longstanding record held by 1982-83 Hamburg with another positive result against their biggest German opponents. Dortmund, who trail Bayern by four in the race for the Bundesliga title, hold a perfect home record this season, but they will be without three defensive starters in their clash with one of Europe’s top attacks.

The busy Saturday kicks off on Merseyside as city rivals Everton and Liverpool meet at Goodison Park. American goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton’s tough defense will look to slow down the dynamic duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who have lifted Liverpool to second place in a tight top-half of the English Premier League table.

League leaders Arsenal host third-place Southampton in the marquee matchup of the mid-day EPL slate. While Arsenal look to rebound from their loss to Robin van Persie and Manchester United, their visitors enter Emirates Stadium on an eight-match unbeaten run.

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 TV schedule is after the jump):

7:45am – Everton vs. Liverpool – NBC Sports Network/Directv/Mun2

7:45am – St. Mirren vs Hibernian – Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Soccer 2Go

9:30am – Hertha BSC vs. Bayer Leverkusen – GolTV USA

10am- Dundee United vs. Partick Thistle – Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Soccer 2Go

10am – Arsenal vs. Southampton – NBC Sports Network/Directv

10am – Fulham vs. Swansea City – NBC Sports Live Extra/Directv

10am – Hull City vs. Crystal Palace – NBC Sports Live Extra/Directv

10am – Newcastle United vs. Norwich City – NBC Sports Live Extra/Directv

10am – Stoke City vs. Sunderland – NBC Sports Live Extra/Directv

10am – Barcelona vs. Granada – beIN Sport USA/beIN Sport en Espanol

11am – Reims vs. PSG – beIN Sport Play/Univision Deportes

11am – Olympique Lyon vs. Valenciennes – beIN Sport Play/Univision Deportes

12pm – Hellas Verona vs. Chievo- beIN Sport USA/beIN Sport Play

12pm – Real Sociedad vs. Celta de Vigo – beIN Sport en Espanol/beIN Sport Play

12:30pm- Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich – GolTV USA

12:30pm – West Ham United vs. Chelsea- NBC/Directv/NBC Sports Live Extra

2pm – Almeria vs. Real Madrid – beIN Sport USA/beIN Sport en Espanol

2:45pm – Napoli vs. Parma – beIN Sport USA/beIN Sport Play

2:45pm – AC Milan vs. Genoa – beIN Sport Play

4pm – Atletico Madrid vs. Getafe – beIN Sport en Espanol/beIN Sport Play

4:30pm – Vasco da Gama vs. Cruzeiro – ESPN3

6pm – Toluca vs. Cruz Azul – Univision Deportes

7:30pm – Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo – NBCSN/Univision Deportes/MLS Live

8pm – Morelia vs. Club Leon


    • Naw, hard to say anyone is a bust joining a team that bad. So he can’t save them solo. We all know he isn’t that good. I mean their best midfielder is on Loan from Swansea….

  1. I was thinking Dortmund was doomed. Their defense is clearly not its best but they are still taking it to Bayern. I don’t think they know how to play any other way.

    • This Bayern lineup lacks firepower…I don’t care what Pep thinks. Lahm is wasted in midfield. I mean… D mid fine its weird but why play both Javi Martínez and Lahm there.
      There is a good chance they don’t score, because it looks like Kroos is playing deep too.

      It almost seems like assuming Dortmund defense will be so bad that he can set up rather defensively.

    • I wouldn’t worry much about Dortmund. With only one foul against them in the first half, for stepping on Lahm’s foot, this ref is helping all he can.

  2. Did Jozy play today? If so, how did he look? Based on the comments above it seems that Cameron is staking his claim for a spot in Brazil.

    • Jozy didn’t start and was sub on at the 85th minute.

      He didn’t do much of anything due to coming on so late.

      Cameron is the real deal. He is all class and is our RB whether or not JK sees it.

      • Thanks for the update. I am glad Cameron is thriving at Stoke. These last few USMNT matches that Cameron has played in hasn’t convinced me that he is a suitable replacement for Cherundolo. In my opinion, Dolo was the most important part of the 2010 WC team and the 2011 GC team that lost 4-2 to Mexico. I felt we lost that match when Dolo went out injured and all we had was an inexperienced Lichaj and J. Borenstein…. doing whatever it is that he does.

      • Dolo is truly the great unsung hero and champion of the USMNT. He was the perfect RB; fast, sharp, great going forward but knew how to defend and played day in and day out at the highest levels.

        However, his days are done for us. He is 33 coming off of two knee injuries.

        However, Cameron is slowly but surely proving his worth in the Premiere League and for the USMNT although not at RB.

        The 2011 Gold Cup was lost due to Dolo’s injury. I remember Boconegra’s tears after the game and how he mentioned Dolo being taken out. That game will always go down as a great loss.

        However, the 2010 World Cup was all Donovan. That was his World Cup. He was the leader we needed and scored THREE TIMES. That has never happened for the USMNT before.

  3. Jozy comes on for Sunderland…

    The announce says “That is a sure sign that the manager has given up on the game.”.

    Please let the USMNT draw England in the World Cup!! I want to shut these English jerks up nice and proper with the Queen’s English in the arse!!

  4. Cameron getting some great crosses in today. Seems to be staying on the wing more than this past week with the US where he frequently moved to the center on his runs up the field.

    • Yeah he looked real good. I don’t know how many times he reached long balls which I thought he had no chance to get to. Cameron showed great determination and poise today.

  5. I am currently watching the Stoke v Sunderland game.

    It’s a disaster for Sunderland. Down to 10 men. Jozy is on the bench. The defense totally fell apart on the goal. Totally terrible all around.

    Any other suggestions? Any better game out there?

  6. Southampton goalie with the EPL blunder of the week on the Giroud goal. I mean goalies can dribble too but good grief just kick the ball out of bounds.

    • Well, the fact that they didn’t loan him out had to be a good sign that he was in their plans.

      While he didn’t quite force his way into the conversation in the last 2 friendlies, he looked MUCH sharper than in the Gold Cup, had some nice passing, and was a decent spark off the bench against Scotland.

      Hope he gets some PT soon at Stoke.

  7. I hope Fletcher breaks that shoulder again.

    It is absolutely outrageous that he has Jozy’s spot. Jozy is a much better player despite the formers history and abilities in the air.

    Jozy is on the bench AGAIN. Jozy, jump ship man!!! Sunderland is going down and it’s clear that don’t want your help in any way shape or form.

      • He can leave in December. I bet he could go to a mid-level Italian club.

        The basic point is he needs out. Sunderland is by far the worst team I have ever seen play in my life.

      • You bet he could? Sunderland are probably not going to just loan him out, and I’m not sure any team is going to be asking about a striker without a goal on the season.

      • If you only measure a striker on the goals he scores, if would be a sad day for football.

        Yes, he hasn’t scored goals. Yes, that is a striker’s role.

        However, he is a quality player and had other offers before Sunderland. Hell, Russia would be better at this point that riding the bench at Sunderland.

      • I really think you are wrong. What is better??

        Playing or not playing? Right now, Jozy has sat on the bench two games in a row.

        Perhaps Russia isn’t the league to move to but this Sunderland experiment is failure.

      • The Hull team Jozy was stuck on before was much worse. I have seen a bunch of teams newly promoted that were worse than Sunderland.

    • When USA played Scotland fletcher was the better of the two strikers, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise he’s getting the nod. That being said I’m disappointed he’s not starting

      • Jozy had a horrible game. No arguments from me.

        But you really think Fletcher had a great game?

        Fletcher is great in the air. That is it. I have watched every one of Sunderland’s games this year and he has done nothing to impress except for that goal he scored.

        I mean, he has one goal. Jozy has one goal (called off). The difference is Jozy does EVERYTHING else. Passing, holding up, give and goes, harassing defenders and on and on. What does Fletcher do?

        Really, tell me. No BS arguing from my side. What is it that people see in that guy???

      • I agree on your points, and I have not seen a lot of Fletcher. I was just commenting on their head to head match up.

      • Fletcher did nothing…. in that game either…. did even less than Jozy… I don’t know how you could say “better”

      • Are you responding to me or the other poster?

        I think the other poster…but I might be wrong…I am going on my fourth beer.

    • Yes he has!!

      People have been saying it for quite some time now, but he is our best option at RB. He is calm and controlled on the ball, is great in the air, gets forward quite well (especially for being a tall guy) and is fearless.

      JK wake up before it’s too late!!!

    • Definitely. Pace, attacking play from both sides. Great drama though infuriating that Joe Allen missed his chance to put Red Dragons up 3-1. Would’ve been sweet to put the dagger in those Toffees. 🙂

      • So, he was a key player in getting HB promoted, but now he is not good enough. It seems more likely that he has not won is starting position back after recovering from his injury. Not making the bench makes me think that he is still not 100 percent ready to return.

      • “So, he was a key player in getting HB promoted, but now he is not good enough.”

        Certainly has happened to many a player. But I think that this:
        “Not making the bench makes me think that he is still not 100 percent ready to return.”
        Is more on the mark.

      • I’d speculate it has to do with his injury.

        He’s still a bit raw, but Hertha was doing well before his injury. Since he’s been out, the results haven’t as good. Might not be direct cause and effect, though.

      • Seems more often than not, that players who are involved in international fixtures during the week do not start that weekend.

  8. Liverpool are going to the Champions League

    btw how much of a Legend is Howard at EVERTON? has he broke any records? been there for 7.5 years now.


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