This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (and SBI’s Top 10 Matches to Watch)

AS Roma's montenegro forward Mirko Vucinic (R) argues with Lazio's defender Stefen Radu during their Serie A football match at Olympic stadium in Rome on April 18, 2010.

Call it Derby Weekend, with arch-rivals facing off in leagues all over the world.

Roma takes on Lazio, Real Madrid faces Atletico Madrid and FC Porto battles nemesis Benfica in just a few of the juicy match-ups on the schedule this weekend.

You know it's a loaded weekend when Liverpool-Chelsea doesn't get top billing.

Then you have the MLS playoffs, with three can't-miss second-leg battles, including the highly-anticipated Real Salt Lake-FC Dallas clash, and the LA Galaxy taking on the Seattle Sounders.

Here's a rundown of This Weekend's Soccer on TV, as well as SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch:

SBI's TOP TEN MATCHES TO WATCH

1. Roma vs. Lazio. The Rome Derby always tops this list, no matter the state of the clubs, but this time around Lazio is in first-place against a dangerous Roma side.

2. Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid. Nobody has been able to stop Real Madrid, but maybe their neighbors can, with Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan in attack.

3. Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas. Defending MLS Cup champions in a must-win home game against a team that rattled off a 19-match unbeaten streak during the season? Don't miss it.

4. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders. The Galaxy had an easy time posting a 1-0 win in the first leg in Seattle, but as we saw with San Jose's upset of New York, a first-leg road win doesn't guarantee a series victory.

5. Liverpool vs. Chelsea. Can the Reds build in their mid-week rout of Napoli against a seemingly unstoppable Chelsea side?

6. Fulham vs. Aston Villa. Not a natural rivalry, but when you have Clint Dempsey facing Brad Friedel, it's a match American fans will want to see.

7. Columbus Crew vs. Colorado Rapids. The Rapids dominated the first leg, but the Crew will be at home and desperate to avoid a second-straight first round exit.

8. FC Porto vs. Benfica. The Portuguese powerhouses face off in what should be one of the more entertaining battles of the weekend.

9. Villarreal vs. Athletic Bilbao. Might seem like an odd choice, but with Jozy Altidore getting more and more minutes, this could be a match where he makes a difference in a La Liga match.

10. Cardiff City vs. Swansea City. Not familiar with this Welsh Derby? You better learn about it. 

 

THIS WEEKEND'S SOCCER ON TV 

SATURDAY

8:45am- ESPN2- Bolton vs. Tottenham

9:30am- GolTV- Schalke 04 vs. St. Pauli (Replay)

10:30am- ESPN3.com- Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton

11am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Fulham vs. Aston Villa

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Birmingham City vs. West Ham United

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Blackburn vs. Wigan

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Blackpool vs. Everton

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Sunderland vs. Stoke City

1pm- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Bologna vs. Lecce

1pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Sunderland vs. Stoke City (Delayed)

1:20pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Derby County vs. Portsmouth

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Sochaux vs. Auxerre

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Arles vs. Caen

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Bordeaux vs. Valenciennes

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Saint Etienne vs. Lorient

3pm- GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Racing Santander

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Derby County vs. Portsmouth (Delayed)

3:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Inter Milan vs. Brescia

4pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Stade Rennes vs. Lyon

4pm- Telefutura- Columbus Crew vs. Colorado Rapids

5pm- DirecTV- Espanyol vs. Malaga

5pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackpool vs. Everton (Delayed)

6pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AFC Wimbledon vs. Ebbsfleet United (FA Cup, Delayed)

6:30pm- Azteca America- Jaguares vs. Atlas

7pm- Telefutura- San Luis vs. Santos Laguna

7:30pm- GolTV- Once Caldas vs. America de Cali

9pm- Telemundo- Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Cruz Azul

9pm- Telefutura- Pachuca vs. Queretaro

9:30pm- GolTV- Millonarios vs. Deportes Tolima

10pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas

11pm- Telemundo- Atlante vs. Club America

1am- Fox Soccer Channel- Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets

SUNDAY

6:30am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Fiorentina vs. Chievo Verona

7am- FoxSoccer.tv- Southport vs. Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup)

8:10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Cardiff City vs. Swansea City

8:30am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Arsenal vs. Newcastle United

8:30am- ESPN3.com- Utrecht vs. PSV Eindhoven

9am- ESPN3.com- AS Bari vs. AC Milan

9am- Fox Soccer Channel- Lazio vs. Roma

9:30am- ESPN3.com- Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Dortmund

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City

10:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackburn vs. Wigan (Delayed)

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. Chelsea

11am- GolTV- Villarreal vs. Athletic Bilbao

11am- DirecTV- Real Zaragoza vs. Mallorca

11am- DirecTV- Osasuna vs. Hercules

11am- ESPN3.com- Levante vs. Deportivo La Coruna

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Lens vs. Montpellier

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Lille vs. Brest

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Nancy vs. Monaco

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Nice vs. Toulouse

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Burton Albion vs. Oxford United (FA Cup)

12:30pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Cardiff City vs. Swansea City (Delayed)

1pm- Azteca America- Puebla vs. Monterrey

1pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. Necaxa

1pm- ESPN3.com- Getafe vs. Barcelona

1pm- GolTV- VfB Stuttgart vs. Werder Bremen

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Palermo vs. Genoa

3pm- GolTV- Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Paris St. Germain vs. Olympique Marseille

3:15pm- ESPN3.com- FC Porto vs. Benfica

5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City (Delayed)

9pm- ESPN- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? Which ones will you be sure not to miss?

Share your thoughts below.

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33 Responses to This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (and SBI’s Top 10 Matches to Watch)

  1. Dylan says:

    Ives my man i respect the S out of you and like your writing…but Liverpool/Chelsea isn’t higher than 5? I know the reds suck right now but wow.

    (SBI-Just trying to look at it impartially, with no preferences to European league (and only the obvious preference to matches affecting American fans directly, be it MLS or Americans Abroad). I’m sure folks who prefer watching the EPL will ignore the fact that Liverpool is struggling and Chelsea is rolling, and ignore the fact the match-up lacks the usual sizzle, and still rate it No. 1. I think that’s a pretty boring way to look at it. The top two are classic rivalries featuring great teams and players, can’t knock those selections, while the next two are very intriguing and important MLS playoff matches that American soccer fans should watch. That’s how Liverpool-Chelsea is only No. 5.)

  2. patrick says:

    anybody hear about the Ibra and Gooch fight????

  3. Chase says:

    Wow. I don’t care if it is the playoffs, Real Salt Lake-FC Dallas over Liverpool is an abominable choice…

    (SBI-Last time I checked this was an American soccer website, and the best MLS playoff match-up is going to be picked ahead of a mis-match that isn’t even a derby. I get the name value of Chelsea-Liverpool, and in years past it has been a top match, but right now it just doesn’t have the same sizzle as usual, and the MLS matches are THAT important and worth watching. Given the fact that all your past comments have been about European soccer it’s clear you don’t care for MLS. That’s your prerogative, but I happen to think American fans should care about MLS and should watch the playoffs.)

  4. Wispy says:

    Yeah, evidently Gooch took exception to a rouch tackle by Ibra during practice. Don’t blame hime, considering he’s just now getting healthy after missing a full year with a bum knee.

  5. herb says:

    If Liverpool is so good why is the best player on the team called ‘the boy’.

  6. DanO says:

    Ibra is lucky. Gooch would kill him. He’d stare at the corpse like Jared Borgetti!

  7. Indigo Montoya says:

    maybe he’s named after a west-coast weather phenomenon that affects rain patterns?

  8. herb says:

    The most enticing matchup for me is athletico-real.It’ll fun to see my favorite la liga times square off, and to see forlan and ronaldo on the same field.

  9. Alex says:

    How has nobody commented on the picture though??
    Looks like a real Romeo and Juliet romance going on under that rivalry. haha

  10. Alex says:

    Oh, and I’m very excited to watch that Madrid derby. Much luck to forlon and aguero.

  11. Curtis says:

    Chelsea will walk all over Liverpool; I guarantee the RSL-FCD match will be more entertaining

    (SBI-Thanks for understanding where I’m coming from. All the hand-wringing about the order of the list is so silly. The purpose of the list is to spotlight the top matches and let people know matches to watch for. All the “This game should be ahead of that game” stuff is dumb.)

  12. I always thought Juliet would be better looking…

  13. Herb says:

    People – this site is centered on American soccer not europe!
    its good to follow european football but its not the main theme of this site

    Eurosbobs need to go elsewhere… Ha ha

  14. Mattmatumbo says:

    I truly believe LA v Seattle will be more interesting than RSL v Dallas, and I’m an RSL fan.

    (SBI-It was a coin toss for me, and in the end I think RSL-Dallas should wind up being a tighter match than LA-Seattle.)

  15. RSD says:

    Lazio Merda! Forza Roma! Vucigol with the winner.

  16. BCC says:

    You could not pay me enough to watch a Liverpool game. I like watching great soccer and they have not been playing it for some time. This game could easily be 3-0 or 4-0.

    Ranking that game fifth is a gift.

  17. BCC says:

    Always a great game. Atletico fans have a ton of pride in their team but are almost always rooting for the second-best team in Madrid.

    Forlan has been ineffective this year. Maybe the rivalry will motivate him, but I hope not because I am a Madridista.

  18. Joamiq says:

    Even if it wasn’t as big a deal as it first sounded, we need your scoop on the Gooch-Ibra fight ASAP Ives!

  19. Mingjai says:

    I guess if it gets too out of hand, Ives, you could always just list the 10 to watch in no particular order. But then the hand-wringing would be over the matches that didn’t quite make the top 10.

  20. adub says:

    FCD vs RSL should be the MLS CUP!!!! its a shame

    and i cant wait to see Demsey go against Friedel!!!

    good list though, glad MLS gets love

  21. Charles says:

    People, Liverpool has lost four games the same as Dallas and Salt Lake….only their season has barely started. Besides that Liverpool would have to go close to undefeated the rest of the way to win the EPL, MLS is in their playoffs !

    Give Ives a break.

    ps. Ives, LA “easily” beat Seattle ? They were definitely better than my Sounders, but “easily” ? Buddle took a Meadowlark Leman shot and won the game.

    -MLS guy adding perspective/balance

  22. Jim says:

    I think LA ‘easily’ beats Seattle if the ref allows hacking and fouling to go unpunished in the game (like the first half of the first game). As a neutral, hoping for a game with multiple goals rather than the home team parking the bus and putting me to sleep by knocking ball after ball into unoccupied spaces of the Seattle half.

  23. Citronomics says:

    So while I’m normally Zzzzzz…. about women’s soccer, apparently the US Lady Nats got beat by Mexico and now have to win the 3rd place game in the qualifying tourney and then beat Italy in a “play-in” match. Certainly they can do this but the fact they Have to is newsworthy.

  24. Aden says:

    No question he is being banned for a minimum of 3 games.

    That deserves a life time ban from the FA. How in the world did the official not even see that? He just went out of his way to stamp on Elmander’s body.

  25. Isaac says:

    WOW! Wonderful Wanderers. Wonderful game as well.

    Right before that final goal in the Tottenham game, Holden made an absolutely marvellous tackle to stop William Gallas, who was off to the races. This got the ball to a Bolton defender, who played it long to Davies, and Davies proceeded to flick on to Petrov.

    It was indicative of his work the whole day. He was making brilliant tackles and delivering some very smart passes that helped kill the game off.

    Davies was brilliant today. Absolutely brilliant.

    Excellent game.

  26. Tripper says:

    The Bolton Spurs game was surprisingly more entertaining than most of the EPL matches this season so far. Glad I got up early!

  27. ShaggyReAL says:

    Nah. Ives needs to keep put Euro snobs in their place……

  28. JrDosSantos says:

    Great game, bolton dominated them and spurs almost came back…. then bolton closed the door, great game

  29. ken says:

    What about PSG and Marseille

  30. BeantownFootball says:

    +1. PSG is finally having a good year, which means Le Classique will finally be a good match

  31. Chase says:

    I care about and appreciate MLS and have attended several DC Untied matches since I moved to the District, however, the league still falls below my interest in the PL, especially when it involves RSL and FCD, two teams I care very, very little about regardless of it being the playoffs. I didn’t complain about the Galaxy-Sounders game being ranked ahead of it, did I?

    And to the commenter below writing off Liverpool, a win tomorrow puts them in a tie for 5th and only 2 points out of CL place. This team is far better than the showing it had from August to October.

    I’d add that I didn’t think my comment was as vitriolic or ill conceived as most of the crap that is spouted in the comments section. I totally appreciate your reporting and coverage.

  32. Curtis says:

    I’ll stand by what I said in saying that RSL-FCD will be better than the Chelsea-Liverpool matchup. And as a soccer fan in America the MLS playoffs mean a lot more to me than a 1 vs 16 matchup in the EPL

  33. Chase says:

    Chelsea sure did walk over Liverpool didn’t they?