At this time last season, Liverpool had already effectively clinched the Premier League title.
Now, with 12 games left in the 2021 campaign, there are real questions about whether Liverpool will manage to finish in the top 4.
After not so subtly thrashing the FA’s rapid scheduling of English competitions in the COVID-19 compromised season, LFC manager Jurgen Klopp’s worst fears came true when he watched his three best central defenders go down with injuries which contributed to staining the season with embarrassing losses.
On Thursday, Liverpool will face new-look Chelsea, which remains unbeaten since the hiring of Thomas Tuchel. The Blues settled for a respectable scoreless draw against Manchester United on Sunday, but more importantly, bested La Liga-leading Atletico Madrid last Tuesday in Champions League play.
If Brighton, Burnley, and Southampton can earn wins over the defending champions in recent weeks, Chelsea will certainly be liking its odds, but as the season heads to a wrap, Thursday’s contest has a little extra pressure.
At the moment, Liverpool and Chelsea are fifth and sixth in the Premier League standings. Both running out of six-pointer opportunities.
Things have not been ideal for the Reds lately, but the fact there is still enough gusto to go around when the three-headed monster of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah take the field. With their backs against the wall in attempting to remain elite, a signature performance is needed. Is anyone willing to put on the cape?
Here is a look at This Week’s Top 5 Matches to Watch, along with a full rundown of the soccer viewing options available this week:
Top 5 Matches to Watch
- Liverpool vs Chelsea – Two of England’s giants going head to head while entrenched in the race for the top 4, don’t forget your popcorn.
- Borussia Monchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund – Monchengladbach manager Mark Rose will have to go for the win in the DFB Pokal quarterfinal against his 2022 employer, what could go wrong?
- Barcelona vs Sevilla – In the second game of the Copa Del Rey semifinal, Barcelona stares at a two-goal deficit, setting the stage for a possible Lionel Messi-led comeback to try to win one more trophy in his numbered days with the club.
- Manchester City vs Wolverhampton – Though Manchester City is performing a runaway act in the Premier League ranks, Wolverhampton is always a worthy adversary capable of punching up and sparking some drama.
- Levante vs Athletic Club – The other side of the Copa del Rey semis sees these two locked in a scoreless game with the rare opportunity to win a trophy on the other side.
This Week’s Soccer on TV and Online
3 p.m. -NBCSN, fuboTV – Everton vs Southampton
3 p.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad
2 p.m. –fuboTV – Benfica vs Rio Ave
2:30 p.m. –ESPN+– St. Pauli vs Hamburger SV
Liga MX Femenil
8 p.m. –fuboTV, TUDN USA- Tigres UANL vs Toluca
NCAA Women’s Soccer
7 p.m. –fuboTV, ESPN App- Memphis vs Ole Miss
3 p.m. -NBCSN, fuboTV– Manchester City vs Wolverhampton
7:30 p.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV– Universidad Católica vs Liverpool
3 p.m. –ESPN+– Reading vs Blackburn Rovers
3 p.m. –fuboTV– Vitesse vs VVV
11 a.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV– Yeni Malatyaspor vs Beşiktaş
1 p.m. -NBCSN, fuboTV– Burnley vs Leicester City
1 p.m. -Peacock- Sheffield United vs Aston Villa
3:15 p.m. -Peacock- Crystal Palace vs Manchester United
12:30 p.m. –ESPN+– Sassuolo vs Napoli
2:45 p.m. –ESPN+– AC Milan vs Udinese
2:45 p.m. –ESPN+– Fiorentina vs Roma
2:45 p.m. –ESPN+– Genoa vs Sampdoria
2:45 p.m. –ESPN+– Atalanta vs Crotone
2:45 p.m. –ESPN+– Cagliari vs Bologna
2:45 p.m. –ESPN+– Benevento vs Hellas Verona
Copa del Rey
3 p.m. –ESPN+– Barcelona vs Sevilla
8 p.m. -ESPN Deportes, fuboTV– Juárez vs Monterrey
8 p.m. –fuboTV, TUDN USA, UniMás – Querétaro vs Guadalajara
10 p.m. -ESPN Deportes, fuboTV– Cruz Azul vs Mazatlán
10:06 p.m. -Fox Sports 2, fuboTV, FOX Deportes- Tijuana vs América
7:30 p.m. –fuboTV– Boca Juniors vs Claypole
3:15 p.m. –ESPN+– Stoke City vs Swansea City
3 p.m. –fuboTV– Heerenveen vs Ajax
4 a.m. -ESPN3- Ufa vs Ural
1 p.m. –ESPN+– Livingston vs Rangers
11 a.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV– Ankaragücü vs Galatasaray
1 p.m. -Peacock- Fulham vs Tottenham Hotspur
1 p.m. -Peacock- West Bromwich Albion vs Everton
3:15 p.m. -Peacock- Liverpool vs Chelsea
2:45 p.m. -ESPN2, fuboTV, ESPN Deportes- Parma vs Inter
Copa del Rey
3 p.m. –ESPN+– Levante vs Athletic Club
8 a.m. –fuboTV– Kasımpaşa vs Trabzonspor