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Much more is on the line than bragging rights when Borussia Dortmund plays rival Schalke in Bundesliga action.

Known as the Revierderby, a surging Dortmund hosts Schalke in the midst of pulling away from the relegation zone. Three straight wins have pulled the former German champions three points away from danger.

Schalke will also look to grab a valuable win while chasing down a UEFA Champions League Spot. Die Knappen sit two points behind Monchengladbach and the final qualification spot. They were victorious the last time these teams met back in September.

Also chasing Europe, Manchester United can jump into third place with a win against Sunderland. In their last five meetings, the Red Devils have beaten Sunderland just once and tied twice.

Granada hosts a Barcelona side trying to keep pressure on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, and in France, league leaders Lyon can widen the gap between them and Paris Saint-Germain with a win against Lille.

If you will be watching today’s action, feel free to leave your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):

7:45 a.m. — NBCSN — West Ham vs. Crystal Palace

9:30 a.m. — GolTV USA — Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke

10 a.m. — NBCSN — Manchester United vs. Sunderland

10 a.m. — Premier League Extra Time — Burnley vs. Swansea

10 a.m. — Premier League Extra Time — Newcastle vs. Aston Villa

10 a.m. — Premier League Extra Time — Stoke vs. Hull

10 a.m. — Premier League Extra Time — West Brom vs. Southampton

10 a.m. — beIN Sports USA — Granada vs. Barcelona

Noon — beIN Sports en Espanol — Rayo Vallecano vs. Levante

12:30 p.m. — GolTV USA — Frankfurt vs. Hamburg

2 p.m. — beIN Sports en Espanol — Almeria vs. Deportivo La Coruna

2:45 p.m. — beIN Sports USA — Chievo vs. Milan

3:30 p.m. — Fox Soccer Plus — Panama U-17 vs. Mexico U-17

4 p.m. — beIN Sports en Espanol — Malaga vs. Getafe

4:30 p.m. — GolTV USA — Palmeiras vs. Capivariano

6 p.m. — Univision — Club America vs. Universidad Guadalajara

6 p.m. — ESPN Deportes — Puebla vs. Queretaro

8 p.m. — Univision Deportes — Tigres vs. Pumas

9 p.m. — GolTV USA — Deportivo Tepic vs. Atletico San Luis

9:06 p.m. — Telemundo — Leon vs. Santos Laguna

10 p.m. — Univision Deportes — Atlas vs. Veracruz


  1. This time a legit penalty call for ManPoo, but why on earth is Wes Brown being sent off for O’Shea? Well… The feeling/hope I had Sunderland could score on the counter and take the points just vanished.

      • Yeah – as a LFC fan, was hoping Sunderland would put up more of a fight to at least hold MUFC as 2 points separated the two squads (Devis v. Dragons) at the beginning of today’s slate. Oh well… still same olevel calamatous D combined with little attacking combinations.

      • Their fans are already proclaiming the swap “a success,” despite the fact that they’ve scored the 2nd fewest goals in BPL.

      • lol lets conveniently ignore the large reason theyre at 2nd to worst while hypocritically using the term “already” to imply it hasnt been very long for their fans to conclude defoe is a success since he hasn’t been there long enough to warrant the praise.

        defoe needed 3 league matches to eclipse altidores goal mark in his 52 league matches

      • Go back to sleep dude. If you think a guy who barely played is the reason Sunderland hasn’t and is still not scoring goals, you clearly have not been paying attention. Nighty night.

  2. Williams, Lichaj, Ream and Spector are all in the starting XI. Cameron starting on the bench.

    On another note, Onyewu did not make the bench for Charlton Athletic. Is he even good enough to make an MLS roster at this point?

    • To expand on Increase0’s comment:

      Good enough sure. Healthy enough Worth the wages he would seek…. probably not

      Since his injury, it would appear Gooch is more concerned with the right financial situation over the right fit. To clarify, he’s certainly entitled to that, and I don’t fault him for one second. However, since the injury he’s never looked the same and paying a high price for a defender is rarely worth it.

      Especially in Onyewu’s case.

    • Why is Cameron on the bench? Sparky benched the Deuce while he was at Fulham too, much to his detriment. What does he want fro Geoff?.

      • My guess is Geoff isn’t doing what Hughes wants.

        Are you saying Hughes is anti American? How many other nationalities has he benched or even cut? He did not play Shea or Edu either; does that make him anti American? Remember that Pulis bought those guys not Hughes.

        Whatever he wants from Geoff, it seems he isn’t getting it.

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