The weekend so many of you have been waiting for is finally here.
This is the weekend when Serie A and La Liga kick off, meaning all of Europe’s top leagues will be underway, meaning the list of games you can watch will grow that much more.
With so many options to choose from, you can count on SBI to bring you a weekly schedule of your viewing options, including the best matches to watch and the storylines you will want to follow.
Here are the Top Five matches on TV this week (keep in mind this ranking is based on storylines as much as on potential quality of play):
This Weekend’s Top 5 Matches
1. Tottenham at Chelsea. This all-London clash should be an intense battle as Spurs look to avoid starting the season wih three losses. It doesn’t look like Robinho will be making his Chelsea debut, but seeing Deco vs. Luka Modric should be a nice treat.
2. Inter Milan at Sampdoria. Jose Mourinho makes his Serie A debut against an underrated Sampdoria side. Young Italian star Mario Balotelli (pictured above) will be one to watch, having just celebrated his 18th birthday, paving the way for him to play for Italy.
3. Juventus at Fiorentina. This could arguably be the best match of the weekend as these Champions League squads look to kick off with a win. New Juventus striker Amauri makes his Juve debut.
4. New York Red Bulls at D.C. United. Bitter rivals clash in a match with major MLS playoff implications. Can the Red Bulls overcome the RFK curse?
T5. Maryland at UCLA. No, college soccer isn’t always quality, but this match should feature several future MLS standouts. Red Bulls fans will be tuning in to see Red Bulls academy product Matt Kassel make his college debut.
T5. Liverpool at Aston Villa. The lengthy and very public courtship of Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry by Liverpool will make this one a very testy encounter. Seeing how Barry plays in this match makes it must-see TV.
If you’re wondering where the Man U- Zenit Super Cup tilt is, I would have put it in the Top 5 if it weren’t showing this afternoon, a bit early for most readers to catch it. Also, the Old Firm (Rangers at Celtic) is on pay-per-view so it doesn’t make this list.
Here is this week’s schedule of matches on TV:
- 2:30pm- FSC- Manchester United vs. Zenit St. Petersburg (UEFA Super Cup)
- 8pm- FSC- Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Charleston Battery.
- 10pm- FSC- Maryland vs. UCLA
- 7:30am- Setanta USA- Blackpool at Southampton
- 9:30am- GolTV- Werder Bremen at Borussia Moechengladbach
- 9:45am- Setanta USA- Portsmouth at Everton
- 10am- FSC- Blackburn at West Ham
- 11:30am- GolTV- VfL Bochum at Schalke 04
- 12:30pm- FSC- Newcastle at Arsenal
- 2pm- GolTV- Valladolid at Espanyol
- 2:15pm- Setanta USA- West Bromwich Albion at Bolton
- 2:30pm- FSC- Inter Milan at Sampdoria
- 4pm- GolTV- Mallorca at Valencia
- 4pm- Setanta USA- Stoke City at Birmingham
- 4:30pm- FSC- Palermo at Udinese
- 7:30pm- FSC- New York Red Bulls at D.C. United
- 7:30pm- HDNet- Los Angeles Galaxy at New England Revolution
- 3am- FSC- Central Coast Mariners at Queensland Roar
- 7:30am- Setanta Pay-Per-View- Rangers at Celtic
- 8:30am- Setanta USA- Tottenham at Chelsea
- 9am- FSC- Bologna at AC Milan
- 10:30am- Ipswich Town at Watford
- 11am- FSC- Liverpool at Aston Villa
- 11am- GolTV- Hertha Berlin at Bayern Munich
- 1pm- GolTV- Barcelona at Numancia
- 2:30pm- FSC- Juventus at Fiorentina
- 3pm- GolTV- Real Madrid at Deportivo La Coruna
- 4:30pm- FSC- Manchester City at Sunderland
- 11pm- FSC- San Lorenzo at River Plate
What do you think of this weekend’s viewing options? Which match or matches are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts below.