Based on how the campaign started, you wouldn’t have bet on Manchester City to be in the running for a sweep of England’s major trophies this year, but here they are knocking on the door.
The runaway act is nearing the end scene in the Premier League, a very passable test against Tottenham next month stands in the way of the EFL Cup, and this weekend, the FA Cup comes back into frame with a Saturday matchup against Everton.
Surely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United will be highly motivated to meet their crosstown rival to fight for a spot in, or perhaps the final itself. The issue is, they have a date with Leicester City on Sunday and that could spell trouble if they bring anything less than their best.
Chelsea is still in the running, taking on the hit-or-miss Sheffield United squad, and if you’re rooting for the biggest underdog, Championship side Bournemouth takes on Southampton in an earnest effort to revive the magic of the cup.
Here are This Weekend’s Top Matches to Watch, along with a look at the full rundown of the soccer viewing options available this weekend:
This Weekend’s Top 5 Matches to Watch
- Leicester City vs Manchester United – Who knows? Anything can happen here. The odds are against them in the PL title race, both should be motivated to advance, and both have the firepower to make it happen.
- Everton vs Manchester City – The Cityzens are running away in the PL ranks, but Everton, especially if it can come alive akin to the way it opened the year, is capable of catching them napping.
- Lyon vs PSG – Surprisingly, Lille still tops the Ligue 1 standings while these two perennial heavyweights duke it out. A win for either will be a gift of separation later in the year.
- Roma vs Napoli – It is a wild year in the Italian Champions League picture. Both are close, but on the outside looking in, making this a six-pointer that could derail a campaign for the loser.
- Dominican Republic vs USA – The USMNT’s U-23 squad missed some opportunities in Thursday’s Olympic Qualifying opener, but came away with a 1-0 win. Can they sharpen up and inspire a little more confidence?
4 p.m. -NBCSN, fuboTV – Fulham vs Leeds United
4 p.m. –fuboTV – Real Betis vs Levante
3:45 p.m. –ESPN+– Parma vs Genoa
3:30 p.m. –ESPN+– Arminia Bielefeld vs RB Leipzig
4:30 p.m. –fuboTV – Gil Vicente vs Nacional
4 p.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Saint-Étienne vs Monaco
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying
1:35 a.m. –ESPN+– Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory
8 p.m. –fuboTV– Técnico Universitario vs Olmedo
3:45 p.m. –ESPN+– Alloa Athletic vs Dundee
12 p.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Galatasaray vs Rizespor
4 p.m. -Peacock- Brighton & Hove Albion vs Newcastle United
9 a.m. –fuboTV – Athletic Club vs Eibar
11:15 a.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid
1:30 p.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Huesca vs Osasuna
4 p.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Real Valladolid vs Sevilla
10:30 a.m. –ESPN+– Köln vs Borussia Dortmund
10:30 a.m. –ESPN+– Werder Bremen vs Wolfsburg
10:30 a.m. –ESPN+– Bayern München vs Stuttgart
10:30 a.m. –ESPN+– Eintracht Frankfurt vs Union Berlin
1:30 p.m. –ESPN+– Schalke 04 vs Borussia Monchengladbach
7 p.m. -ESPN Deportes, fuboTV – Atlético San Luis vs Pumas UNAM
9 p.m. -ESPN Deportes, fuboTV – Cruz Azul vs Atlas
9 p.m. -Fox Sports 2, fuboTV, FOX Deportes- Monterrey vs Guadalajara
11:06 p.m. -Fox Sports 1, fuboTV, FOX Deportes – Tijuana vs Querétaro
Liga MX Femenil
2 p.m. –fuboTV, TUDN USA- Pumas UNAM vs León
3 p.m. –ESPN+– Feyenoord vs Emmen
12 p.m. –fuboTV – Trabzonspor vs Ankaragücü
11 a.m. -Peacock- West Ham United vs Arsenal
3:30 p.m. – NBCSN, fuboTV, UNIVERSO- Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur
9 a.m. –fuboTV– Getafe vs Elche
11:15 a.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Valencia vs Granada
1:30 p.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Atlético Madrid vs Deportivo Alavés
4 p.m. -beIN SPORTS, fuboTV – Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
7:30 a.m. -ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, fuboTV – Hellas Verona vs Atalanta
10 a.m. –ESPN+– Udinese vs Lazio
10 a.m. –ESPN+– Sampdoria vs Torino
10 a.m. –ESPN+– Juventus vs Benevento
1 p.m. –ESPN+– Fiorentina vs AC Milan
3:45 p.m. –ESPN+– Roma vs Napoli
Men’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying
1:05 a.m. –ESPN+– Adelaide United vs Western Sydney Wanderers
12 p.m. –fuboTV– Benfica II vs Leixões
8 a.m. –ESPN+– Celtic vs Rangers
6:30 a.m. –fuboTV – Konyaspor vs Alanyaspor