By ADAM TROXTELL
Local bragging rights and more is on the line in a full slate of rivalry games across Europe.
It all starts with the North London Derby as Tottenham entertains Arsenal. Both teams enter the contest in good form, with Spurs winning five of their last seven league games and Arsenal on a five-game winning streak in all competitions.
The rivalry theme spreads north later when Everton and Liverpool contest the Merseyside Derby. The Reds are unbeaten in eight league games and will be buoyed by a 2-1 FA Cup win against Bolton on Wednesday.
The Toffees will look to build on last week’s result. Their win against Crystal Palace was the club’s first in nine games, a run that caused them to drop to 12th in the English Premier League.
Atletico Madrid is looking for a way back into the La Liga title race when they host Real Madrid. Atletico already beat its league-leading neighbors twice this season; once in La Liga play and again in the Copa del Rey.
Juventus hosts AC Milan in one last high-profile game in Europe. While the two don’t share a city, they do share an exciting past. It’s been almost three years since a meeting between the clubs ended in a draw.
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Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):
7:45 a.m. – NBCSN – Tottenham vs. Arsenal
9:30 a.m. – GolTV USA – Stuttgart vs. Bayern Munich
10 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid
10 a.m. – NBCSN – Aston Villa vs. Chelsea
10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Manchester City vs. Hull
10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace
10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – QPR vs. Southampton
10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Swansea vs. Sunderland
Noon – beIN Sports en Espanol – Villarreal vs. Granada
12:30 p.m. – NBC – Everton vs. Liverpool
12:30 p.m. – GolTV USA – Hamburg vs. Hannover
2:45 p.m. – beIN Sports USA – Juventus vs. AC Milan
6 p.m. – Univision – Cruz Azul vs. Monterrey
8 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Tigres vs. Puebla
9 p.m. – Telemundo – Pachuca vs. Toluca
10 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Chiapas vs. Tijuana