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In an attempt to bounce back from embarrassment last weekend, Real Madrid is expected to turn to new faces.

Both of Los Blancos’ January signings, Lucas Silva and Martin Odegaard, are expected to make their debuts against Deportivo La Coruna today. There has also been some chatter amongst fans that Keylor Navas should be preferred to Iker Casillas in goal.

However Real Madrid lines up, the team stands a good chance of bouncing back from a loss to city rivals Atletico last weekend. Last time these teams met, Real beat Deportivo 8-2 with hat-tricks for both Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez.

In FA Cup action, Liverpool will try to put their troubles at Selhurst Park behind them in the late game against Crystal Palace. Last time the Reds visited that part of London they lost 3-1, and it was also the scene of last May’s epic 3-3 encounter that cost Liverpool the English Premier League title.

Palermo will try to hurl itself back into the race for fourth in Italy with a home game against third-placed Napoli. The Naples club is on a six game winning streak in all competitions.

If you will be watching any of 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. – Fox Sports 1 – West Brom vs. West Ham

7:45 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus – St. Johnstone vs. Celtic

9:30 a.m. – GolTV USA – Bayern Munich vs. Hamburg

10 a.m. – Fox Sports 2 – Blackburn vs. Stoke

10 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus – Derby vs. Reading

10 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – PSG vs. Caen

10 a.m. – beIN Sports en Espanol – Sevilla vs. Cordoba

Noon – beIN Sports USA – Real Madrid vs. Deportivo La Coruna

12:30 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus – Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool

12:30 p.m. – GolTV USA – Frankfurt vs. Schalke

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

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

4 p.m. – beIN Sports en Espanol – Malaga vs. Espanyol

6 p.m. – ESPN Deportes – Puebla vs. Monterrey

6 p.m. – Univision – America vs. Chiapas

8 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Tigres vs. Morelia

9:06 p.m. – Telemundo – Leon vs. Universidad Guadalajara

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


  1. Best game of the day was Wolfsburg 5-4 Leverkusen. Everything else was largely irrelevant, although it was humorous that Munich won 8-0 against the club Green can’t sniff the bench on.

    • It seemed like Bas Dost was kind of looked at as an example of a player who dominated the Eredvisie but couldn’t translate it at a higher level. However pretty big day for him with 4.

      • I know a lot people thought Jozy would become that type of player with the right type of club. I bet that Dost gets called up by Hiddink very shortly.

    • Let me put this into perspective: THE KID IS 19 YEARS OLD. Everybody already calling him a bust obviously haven’t watched much soccer.

  2. eesh, anyone watch the blackpool-forest game? forest let godawful blackpool get four goals on them (then came back to draw in stoppage time). hope lichaj didn’t look too bad.

  3. So, the intellectually challenged disgusting creatures at Fox decided to relegate Palace/Liverpool to a channel no one gets. NASCAR is certainly more important.

    Why is Fox so bad at everything?

    Why did FIFA give Foxthe broadcasting rights to yet another World Cup? Those two criminal cartels exemplify evil: Blatter and Murdoch is like Satan and Hitler…barf.

      • here’s one perspective to answer that question: do you think there are more people in England watching NASCAR or more people in America watching the BPL……..

      • Not sure I follow. I was specifically talking about the ratings in the US. The ratings for the US Fox channel in England really aren’t a concern for Fox, right?

        That being said, I honestly don’t know the ratings either draw. I just assumed, in the US, Nascar outdraws the BPL coverage pretty handily. Maybe I’m wrong?

    • The fact that they extended the World Cup rights is a sign Qatar 2022 is being moved to the winter. This is a big problem for Fox, as it moves the WC against a busy TV sports schedule and directly against the NFL (costing them millions). I’m pretty sure Fox would litigate this, as the money they bid was under a contract assuming summer WC. So FIFA essentially threw FOX a bone to head off any litigation/messiness in 2022. Smart move for them. Sucks for everyone else (and ESPN, which gets shut out).

      • You stated this yesterday. I think you are making a lot of assumptions. FIFA does not have stupid lawyers. I am sure they have some clause built into the television rights contract. Additionally, if FOX wanted out, I am sure FIFA would release them for it and out it out for bid?

        I am not saying you are wrong, but I think it’s a leap.

      • I am a day late, and not usually one to criticise other’s posts, but Anthony you are a young pup in the woods if you think that FIFA would just let Fox out a multi-million dollar (or billion) dollar contract because Fox just said, yeah I don’t think so now.

        Giving Fox another year keeps both parties out of terrible litigation about what the bid was for, and how much FIFA should be able to keep, and now the television would be rebid.

    • I am unable to get the game in English (it’s on a channel that’s not included w my sports package), but I am actually able to watch in Spanish on FOX Deportes for some reason… have you tried that?

  4. I have only seen the last 30 minutes but Danny Williams look very solid on the ball and defensively for Reading. Would love to see him back in the mix.

    • williams has been excellent lately. he might have decisions to make soon, because i’d think other teams will want him, and reading doesn’t look like they’re getting promoted, but he’s a sure starter where he is.

    • I’m sure he’s still in JK’s plans… minor injuries have hit him at the worst of times over the last year (basically, right before every USMNT camp).

      He’s been solid in 1.5 seasons at Reading, and he looked very sharp when played as a Dmid against the Czech Republic. In fact, he’s looked good at Dmid in every appearance for the US except against Russia in 2012.

      Surely he’ll be in camp for Denmark.

  5. The Bobby Wood brace yesterday makes this potentially fascinating optic:

    1. Manager buries young forward.
    2. Team transfers young forward to rival that is fighting with them to avoid relegation. A team that is DESPERATE for forwards (Leading scorer has THREE goals. Wood is now 2nd on team after only TWO matches).
    3. Rival leapfrogs 1860, putting them in relegation zone.
    4. 1860’s entire disastrous season is being IMMORTALIZED from within by a SKY Germany television crew that is documenting every inept maneuver by this ship of doomed fools!!!

    It’s obviously only 2 matches into this, but if this trend continues this situation is potentially FASCINATING!

  6. wooten scored 2 goals in sandhausen’s 3-1 win over ingolstadt this morning. surprised to see ingolstadt look so bad; they usually boss their games, and are a lot of fun to watch. morales looked alright–got his customary yellow card (could’ve been red).

      • Oh, maybe because watching a Premier side grind out a dull win over a lower league would have been predictable and uninteresting. Whereas watching the MMA cage match first half and second half implosion was like watching a fun cheap action picture.

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