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

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Call it a Winter Cup Weekend, with the FA Cup and Asian Cup grabbing the headlines and dominating the weekend TV schedule.

Australia and Japan will face off on Saturday in an Asian Cup Final in the best match of the weekend. The match isn't being shown on the traditional American soccer channels, but there are cable networks and internet options for fans eager to see what should be an exciting final.

The FA Cup features a pair of Premier League clashes, with Fulham taking on Tottenham and Everton meeting Chelsea. If you like seeing the underdog against the favorite, then Southampton vs. Manchester United could be your cup of team.

Mexican soccer boasts some quality tilts as well, with Jonathan Bornstein's Tigres takes on fellow unbeaten Toluca while Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Pachuca meet Cruz Azul.

Here is 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. Australia vs. Japan. Figure out a way to watch it, because it should be a thriller. 

2. Fulham vs. Tottenham. Can Clint Dempsey conjure up some FA Cup magic against a loaded Tottenham side? 

3. Everton vs. Chelsea. Tim Howard and the Toffees will try to get fend off a Chelsea side that has played better soccer in recent weeks. 

4. Inter Milan vs. Palermo. Inter's charge toward the top of Serie A will rely on a win against an underrated Palermo side. 

5. Hercules vs. Barcelona. The Must-See Magicians are in action again versus a sneaky Hercules side that will look to provide a stiff test.

6. Pachuca vs. Cruz Azul. Expect goals galore in this Mexican clash.

7. Tigres vs. Toluca. Jonathan Bornstein looks to help his Tigres side stay unbeaten.

8. Lazio vs. Fiorentina. The Romans need a home win to stay in the thick of the Scudetto race.

9. Santos vs. Sao Paulo. Two legendary Brazilian clubs square off in a match-up featuring plenty of young talent, as well as Sao Paulo new addition Rivaldo.

10. Southampton vs. Manchester United. Call it David vs. Goliath, or call it a chance to see red-hot Dimitar Berbatov (or Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez).

THIS WEEKEND'S SOCCER ON TV

FRIDAY

7pm- ESPN3.com- Ecuador vs. Bolivia (CONMEBOL Under-20 Championships)

9pm- ESPN3.com- Colombia vs. Paraguay (CONMEBOL Under-20 Championships)

9pm- Galavision- Estudiantes Tecos vs. Chivas Guadalajara

SATURDAY

7:30am- Fox Soccer Channel- Everton vs. Chelsea (FA Cup)

9:30am- GolTV- Werder Bremen vs. Bayern Munich

10am- Fox Soccer Channel- Birmingham City vs. Coventry City (FA Cup)

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Torquay United vs. Crawley Town (FA Cup)

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Stevenage vs. Reading (FA Cup)

10am- No American TV- Australia vs. Japan

Noon- Fox Soccer Plus- Lazio vs. Fiorentina

Noon- DirecTV- Mallorca vs. Sporting Gijon

Noon- DirecTV- Levante vs. Getafe

Noon- GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Almeria

12:15pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Southampton vs. Manchester United (FA Cup)

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Arles vs. Paris St. Germain

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Caen vs. Auxerre

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Lorient vs. Brest

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Saint Etienne vs. Toulouse

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Sochaux vs. Stade Rennes

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Valenciennes vs. Lyon

2pm- ESPN3.com- Hercules vs. Barcelona

2pm- GolTV- FC Kaiserslautern vs. Mainz 05 (Delayed)

2:45pm- ESPN3.com- PSV Eindhoven vs. Willem II

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Catania vs. AC Milan

3pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Lille vs. Lens

4pm- ESPN3.com- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Sevilla

4:30pm- GolTV- Ponte Preta vs. Sao Caetano

6pm- Azteca America- Jaguares vs. Santos Laguna

6pm- Telefutura- Queretaro vs. Necaxa

8pm- Telemundo- Tigres UANL vs. Toluca

8pm- Telefutura- Pachuca vs. Cruz Azul

10pm- Telefutura- Atlas vs. Club America

10pm- Galavision- Atlante vs. Puebla

1am- Fox Soccer Channel- Melbourne Victory vs. Gold Coast United

SUNDAY

6:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Brescia vs. Chievo Verona

7am- Fox Soccer Channel- Arsenal vs. Huddersfield Town (FA Cup)

9am- Fox Soccer Channel- Inter Milan vs. Palermo

9am- ESPN3.com- Bologna vs. AS Roma

9am- ESPN3.com- Napoli vs. Sampdoria

9am- Fox Soccer Plus- Notts County vs. Manchester City

11am- GolTV- Atletico Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Bordeaux vs. Nice

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Nancy vs. Montpellier

11:30am- Fox Soccer Channel- Fulham vs. Tottenham (FA Cup)

11:30am- ESPN3.com- Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach

1pm- GolTV- Osasuna vs. Real Madrid

1pm- Azteca America- Morelia vs. San Luis

1pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. Monterrey

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Juventus vs. Udinese

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Monaco vs. Marseille

3pm- ESPN3.com- Espanyol vs. Villarreal

3pm- GolTV- Santos vs. Sao Paulo

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What matches are you most looking forward to watching?

Share your thoughts below.

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

  1. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    Ives – What’s happening behind the scenes at USSF gievn the turmoil in Egypt? State Dept. announced travel warning today. Game moving here to the U.S.?

  2. WeatherManNX01 says:

    Darn it, why are there never any matches on ESPN when I have a weekend off?

  3. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    No offense, but how would Ives know what’s going on “behind the scenes” at USSF?

  4. Jack says:

    Liverpool not playing until the 2nd? That seems like a long time to wait to see what kind of reception Mr. ‘His Armband Said He Was a Red’ gets from the crowd if he’s still with the club…

  5. bottlcaps says:

    Its pretty much a policy of the USSF NOT to send any team to a friendly to ANY country where the US State Department has deemed it unsafe.

    Check with the State Department Travel warnings for updated information.

  6. Warren says:

    It doesn’t matter what USSF is talking about, it matters what’s happening in Egypt.

    Mubarak pulling plug on net + crowds burning down Mubarak party headquarters = no show will go on.

    Match will be moved; or postponed; or both.

  7. b says:

    Michael Bradley update:

    dan_bu
    Michael Bradley to Aston Villa almost a done deal, according to “Kicker”. Would be a great move for him.
    46 minutes ago

  8. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    He’s a journalist, and journalists do research and ask questions about there subject matter. In this case soccer, and more specifically, what does the USSF plan to do? Like breaking the big story. I’m just glad I do not have tickets–hate to be one of them.

  9. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    Exactly…so why aren’t we hearing that the game is called off or moved? Note my State Dept travel warning comment as well. If you don;t think the USSF PA office is not talking to State, you’re nuts.

  10. ACS says:

    Yeah I saw that it was a loan to Aston Villa and not a full transfer according to ESPN.

  11. Denver Andrew in D.C. says:

    The Australia Japan final is on PPV here (Comcast) $30.