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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and Yaya Toure of Manchester City chase the ball

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Two in-form teams lock horns in an anticipated clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Barclays Premier League’s highlight of this weekend’s round of games is Manchester City’s meeting with Arsenal. The Gunners have won four of their last five games and sit a point off of fourth place. Meanwhile, Man City is chasing down Chelsea at the top of the table and hasn’t lost since Nov. 5.

Arsenal and Man City’s past two meetings have resulted in a draw, while the Citizens hold a 5-4 edge in wins over the last 13 games. Elsewhere in England, Chelsea heads to Swansea while Manchester United hopes to stay in fourth after its trip to play Queens Park Rangers.

In Spain, the top trio of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will all be eyeing three points against relegation-threatened opponents. Real will also be looking to bounce back after it was knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by Atletico on Thursday.

In Italy, Roma could have a hard time handling Palermo on the road. The 10th-ranked team in Serie A has only lost one of its nine home games this season.

Here’s this weekend’s soccer on TV (listing after jump):

FRIDAY

2:30 p.m. – beIN Sports USA – Bordeaux vs. Nice

2:45 p.m. – beIN Sports en Espanol – Cordoba vs. Eibar

8:30 p.m. – ESPN Deportes – Queretaro vs. Universidad Guadalajara

9:30 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Veracruz vs. Puebla

10:30 p.m. – ESPN Deportes – Tijuana vs. America

SATURDAY

7 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Derby County vs. Nottingham Forest

7:45 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus – Hamilton Academicals vs. Celtic

10 a.m. – NBCSN – QPR vs. Manchester United

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Burnley vs. Crystal Palace

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Leicester City vs. Stoke City

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Swansea City vs. Chelsea

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland

10 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Millwall vs. Ipswich Town

10 a.m. – beIN Sports en Espanol – Real Sociedad vs. Rayo Vallecano

Noon – beIN Sports USA – Empoli vs. Inter Milan

Noon – beIN Sports en Espanol – Valencia vs. Almerica

12:30 p.m. – NBC – Newcastle United vs. Southampton

2 p.m. – beIN Sports en Espanol – Villareal vs. Athletic Bilbao

2:45 p.m. – beIN Sports USA – Palermo vs. Roma

6 p.m. – Univision – Cruz Azul vs. Santos Laguna

8 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Monterrey vs. Pachuca

9 p.m. – Telemundo – Leon vs. Tigres

10 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Atlas vs. Morelia

SUNDAY

6 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Getafe vs. Real Madrid

8:30 a.m. – NBCSN – West Ham vs. Hull City

9 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Milan vs. Atlanta

11 a.m. – NBCSN – Manchester City vs. Arsenal

11 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Atletico Madrid vs. Granada

1 p.m. – beIN Sports USA – Deportivo La Coruna vs. Barcelona

2:45 p.m. – beIN Sports USA – Juventus vs. Hellas Verona

3 p.m. – beIN Sports en Espanol – Sevilla vs. Malaga

6 p.m. – UniMas – Guadalajara vs. Pumas

8 p.m. – Fox Sports 2 – Jamaica U20s vs. USA U20s

Comments

  1. Not sure why you didnt add other CONCACAF U20 games (PT)

    Sunday on FoxSoccer2Go:
    Panama v Trinidad (12:00 PM)
    Guatemala v Aruba (2:30 PM)

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  2. With Howard out, Guzan is the only Yank good enough to start in the BPL. So much for Champions League. Baby steps. 2 GKs…

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    • It’s about the difficulty of the league as well as style. A lot of the continental European styles play with the ball on the ground, midfield passing control and space to playmakers (to different degrees). Except for the best EPL sides, this don’t play this way at all. On top of that, they give no space or time.

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  3. Alright, Canada v Iceland is on bein sports now, live. And they are playing in Orlando Florida. It’s very funny, and it is very smart

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  4. i will try to catch some of their games just to watch Defoe struggle and get a good laugh at the Jozy haters that couldn’t understand Sunderland’s midfield prevented any of their strikers from doing well

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      • looking at a box score and making a judgement makes no sense………. (lots of commenters here need to learn this concept).

        that being said, i feel u, haha

      • honestly, it’d only be to have an “I told you so” in the pocket for all the ignorant people that said the “‘sunderland are terrible and don’t create chances’ excuse is just covering up for how terrible Jozy is”

      • What will you do if Defoe scores and then goes on a scoring tear?. He has a history of doing that. even for crap teams ..

        The man scored 11 goals in 19 games for a pathetic TFC team.

      • I for one will come on this site nd pronounce what some of you may already believe. That i know nothing and need to be quoet and learn from experts such as GW. Lol

        Actually, i will have to say i was wrong and man up to it. I just dont see it happening. I think he will get a few goals because he still has some game. But i cant imagine a tear or goal scoring spree.

      • Sunderland will never be worth watching but they are getting hard to beat.

        And say what you want about Defoe, he has 180 goals in 16 EPL seasons which comes out to 11.25 goals per season. This is no mean feat. Ironically, the equally underrated Dempsey’s average was about 12 goals per season.

        And then Defoe scored 11 goals in 16 league games for that festering hemmorhoid of a club, TFC..

        So you know he can score even for colostomy bag teams like Sunderland.

        It’s hard to bet against Defoe.

      • no qualms persay, but my thinking is this:

        if defoe went to like Spurs, Arsenal, Everton (just naming random top clubs for argument’s sake) assuming he started or whatever he could score how many goals in the rest of the season? maybe 7-10 if things go really well? So if the theory is that Sunderland don’t feed their STs enough as a top team would then it would seem he would only score 3-5 goals due to lack of service. So that’s my threshold in watching the rest of the season. under 5 goals and it supports the theory. closer to 10 goals and you say A) Defoe is clearly still miles better than altidore and B) Sunderland have the ability to feed their STs. (this season STs have 6 goals, MIDS have 11; last season STs: 16 Mids:19. the numbers are even more skewed if you solely look at goals scored by STs actually playing ST. Borini scored a lot playing as a midfielder like Adam Johnson. Wickham has scored both his goals this year as a LM in a 4231).

        in all honesty, Defoe is a player that creates and aggressively pushes to do so. Jozy was always a team-oriented attacker; with the main philosophy being “move the ball around and the best shot will present itself”. So Defoe stands a greater chance of succeeding at Sunderland because they are a team that asks the mids to get the ball up the field, give to the ST and essentially watch/wait for him make a move and shoot the ball. Jozy excels in a system that says “just keep it moving, don’t force it and the open man takes the shot”–similar to some NBA team approaches{San Antonio Spurs…}. Any one who’s watched AZ play (with or without Jozy) knows the style they play and that generally is played in the Dutch league.

      • Good analysis.

        Jozy did reasonably well trying to reconfigure his game to Sunderland’s style.

        Last season for example, he put in a classic performance as a target man vs Liverpool.

        He had a handful of games like that at Sunderland. In the 2010 World Cup he had games like that where he did the dirty work up front and took a beating but was threatening.

        But doing that for 3-4 games for the US is one thing and doing it for 38 games in the BPL is another thing. It is a very wearing kind of style and Jozy has always been at his best running with the ball as you said..

        You wonder just how bad that hamstring tear was and what might have happened if Jozy had had a good WC run and reported back to Sunderland fit and confident.

        I’ve seen far better players than Jozy, guys who have excelled internationally and with their clubs elsewhere, struggle with the relentless demands of the BPL.

        You’d like to think this experience will make Jozy a better player going forward, regardless of where he plays.

        After all TFC, a perennial cluster f++k, has the potential to be Sunderland 2.0.

      • What will likely happen is Defoe will score like 2 in 5 games… then be half injured the rest of the season and do nothing.

        The man gets tiny injuries frequently.

  5. I for one am now glad I don’t have to sit through Sunderland games hoping to see Jozi play anymore. They were frustrating to have to blow a Saturday on…

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