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

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a match with more storylines heading into it than this weekend's installment of the Milan Derby.

As if the rivalry didn't have enough history, you also have AC Milan and Inter Milan squaring off in a battle for first place in Serie A, as well as Leonardo leading his new team against the same AC Milan side he managed last year.

This weekend's slate of matches on TV features top battles all over the world. Whether it's first-place Palmeiras taking on Santos in Brazil, or FC Twente facing PSV Eindhoven in a battle of the Netherlands' best, third-place Villarreal playing host to defending Spanish champions Barcelona, to Bayer Leverkusen facing Hannover 96 in a match-up of two of the top three teams in Germany, there is something for every international preference.

If MLS is more your thing then this week's schedule has a few good treats as well. The Los Angeles Galaxy plays host to the surprising Philadelphia Union, while San Jose looks to keep Seattle's early-season struggles going.

Here is a closer look at This Weekend's Soccer on TV, starting with SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch:

SBI'S TOP TEN MATCHES TO WATCH

1. AC Milan vs. Inter Milan. Milan derby, first place on the line. Can't-miss.

2. Villarreal vs. Barcelona. Can Giuseppe Rossi keep scoring goals? WIll Lionel Messi be healthy enough to work his magic?

3. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union. The Philly Union's hot start will face its toughest test in a road trip to Home Depot Center to face a Galaxy team needing a win.

4. Borussia Dortmund vs. Hannover 96. With Bayern Munich lurking, and second-place Bayer Leverkusen within striking distance, Dortmund and Hannover face off in a match both need points from.

5. Napoli vs. Lazio. Napoli is within arm's reach of the Milan clubs in Serie A, but Lazio needs a road win here to push for a Champions League place.

6. Everton vs. Aston Villa. Tim Howard vs. Brad Friedel. Enough said

7. Panama vs. USA (CONCACAF Under-20 Championships). The match may be meaningless, but it will give us a chance to catch a glimpse of some future American stars.

8. Santos vs. Palmeiras. First-place Palmeiras takes on a Santos side ready to make a move up the standings.

9. FC Twente vs. PSV Eindhoven. Another clash of table-toppers, with Oguchi Onyewu a potential participant.

10. Benfica vs. FC Porto. Porto is running away with the league, but its unbeaten record will be tested at Benfica.

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THIS WEEKEND'S SOCCER ON TV

FRIDAY

7:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas

8pm- ESPN3.com- Canada vs. Costa Rica (CONCACAF Under-20 Championship)

10pm- ESPN3.com- Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico (CONCACAF Under-20 Championship)

10:10pm- Azteca America- Necaxa vs. Chivas Guadalajara

SATURDAY

7:45am- ESPN2- West Ham United vs. Manchester United

7:45am- Fox Soccer Plus- Leeds United vs. Nottingham Forest

9:30am- GolTV- Borussia Dortmund vs. Hannover 96

10am- Fox Soccer Channel- Stoke City vs. Chelsea

10am- Fox Soccer Plus- West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Birmingham City vs. Bolton

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Everton vs. Aston Villa

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Newcastle United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Wigan Athletic vs. Tottenham

Noon- ESPN3.com- Real Madrid vs. Sporting Gijon

Noon- Fox Soccer Plus- Brescia vs. Bologna

12:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Arsenal vs. Blackburn

12:45pm- ESPN3.com- FC Twente vs. PSV Eindhoven

1pm- Direct Kick- Toronto FC vs. Chivas USA

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Arles vs. Monaco

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Lille vs. Caen

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Nancy vs. Bordeaux

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

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

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Sochaux vs. Brest

2pm- GolTV- Getafe vs. Valencia

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

3pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Toulouse vs. Montellier

3pm- ESPN2- England vs. USA (Women's Soccer)

4pm- GolTV- Villarreal vs. Barcelona

4pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Wigan vs. Tottenham (Delayed)

5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Everton vs. Aston Villa

6pm- ESPN3.com- Panama vs. USA (CONCACAF Under-20 Championship)

7pm- Direct Kick- Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Sporting Kansas City

7pm- Azteca America- Jaguares vs. UNAM Pumas

7:30pm- Direct Kick- New England Revolution vs. Portland Timbers

7:30pm- MSG/Direct Kick- New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo

7:30pm- GolTV- America de Cali vs. Deportivo Cali

8pm- ESPN3.com- Honduras vs. Guatemala  (CONCACAF Under-20 Championship)

8:55pm- Telefutura- Santos Laguna vs. Cruz Azul

9:30pm- GolTV- Junior Barranquilla vs. Real Cartagena

10:30pm- Direct Kick- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union

10:30pm- Direct Kick- San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders

11pm- Telefutura- Atlas vs. Estudiantes Tecos

SUNDAY

6:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Napoli vs. Lazio

8:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Fulham vs. Blackpool

9am- Fox Soccer Channel- Catania vs. Palermo

9am- ESPN3.com- Lecce vs. Udinese

9:30am- ESPN3.com- FC Cologne vs. FC Nurnberg

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Manchester City vs. Sunderland

11am- ESPN3.com- Espanyol vs. Racing Santander

11am- DirecTV- Levante vs. Malaga

11am- DirecTV- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Mallorca

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Nice vs. Olympique Lyon

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Saint Etienne vs. Valenciennes

1pm- GolTV- Sevilla vs. Real Zaragoza

1pm- Azteca America- Morelia vs. Pachuca

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AS Roma vs. Juventus

3pm- ESPN3.com- Osasuna vs. Atletico Madrid

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Lens vs. Olympique Marseille

3pm- GolTV- Santos vs. Palmeiras

3:30pm- ESPN3.com- Benfica vs. FC Porto

5pm- Univision- Club America vs. Puebla

7pm- Galavision- Colorado Rapids vs. D.C. United

7pm- ESPN3.com- Brazil vs. Ecuador (Copa Sudamericana U-20 Championship)

9pm- ESPN3.com- Argentina vs. Colombia  (Copa Sudamericana U-20 Championship)

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? How many matches will you be watching this weekend? Who do you see winning the Milan Derby?

Share your thoughts below.

 

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

  1. joe k says:

    why isn’t the LA game on ESPN?

  2. Erik says:

    Good group of Italian games, but the league is just so boring. EPL games are all worthless but from a yank perspective may catch the Everton game on delay although MB will probably not even dress.

    Will be watching Hanover – Dortmund and maybe Getafe – Valencia.

  3. lazy_sunbather says:

    Why is USAxPAN U-20′s meaningless? Have we already qualified to the knockouts?

    (SBI-Yes)

  4. Erik says:

    Because it’s the Under 20′s… if I want to watch kids play I can go to my son’s games.

  5. 20 says:

    why would it be? The better question is what happened to ESPN2 games on thursday night?

  6. DGS says:

    This weekend is stacked…outside of the EPL.

  7. Tim says:

    Erik- because Panama beat Suriname, the US can finish no worse than 2nd in that group and automatically advances.

  8. DC Josh says:

    That list makes my head hurt. Kid in a candy store. Can’t decide.

  9. Tim says:

    My response was obviously to lazy_sunbather.

    Erik – you may not deserve a response, but whatever. If you have any interest in the USMNT, I’d suggest watching these games. 10/11 starters for the US against Suriname play professionally, and a few of these guys have a shot at playing in the next world cup.

  10. Jay says:

    You are an idiot, that’s like saying college basketball/football is meaningless. People watch these games to see future pros/stars.

  11. beckster says:

    I’m looking forward to West Ham and Man U. I like how the Hammers have been playing since January with the new players and hope they stay up. I think it is possible for them to get a point here.

  12. curmudgeon says:

    It’s fun to look at lists like this one — I remember days when you had to work to see soccer, and now it’s like a smorgasbord. (I know, “get off my lawn”, blah blah blah)

    I wish so many weren’t on ESPN3, however; there are too many ISPs they won’t stream to.

  13. MJD says:

    they start April 14 w/ Portland vs Chicago

  14. Erik says:

    Jay,

    I’m an idiot because I don’t want to watch under 20′s play? I also don’t watch college sports as they are meaningless in my eyes. How does that make me an “idiot”? It’s a preference in how I spend what few hours I have each week while in front of the TV.

  15. Erik says:

    Tim,

    Why not deserve a response? I have a long time vested interest in the USMT but watching kids play doesn’t necessarily translate to the full USMT. I think the US is finally starting to grow some good young talent but I don’t need to follow their every step to be a fan.

  16. Erik says:

    I remember the days of logging in to soccertv.com to see the full slate!

    To be honest, I miss those days as there is so much now it’s hard to follow it all.

  17. Tim says:

    That’s cool Erik.

    It was unclear whether your comment was someone looking for a response (a troll in the parlance of our times), or if you were serious. The former would not deserve a response. The latter is your opinion which I respectfully disagree with, but will respond to.

  18. Erik says:

    No worries Tim,

    Always willing to have a nice debate. : ) The last under 20 game I watched was USA – Brazil when Adu was bossing the show. It’s amazing how much time changes things.

  19. ... says:

    The CONCACAF U-20 games are also all on ESPN Deportes.

  20. bfbs says:

    Porto wins the league if they win at Benfica. Fulham v. Blackpool is a big one for Fulham if they are to stay away from the relegation scrap. Less than three points, and Fulham fans would have grounds to worry.

  21. David says:

    The world quietly notches a brow as Wrik with K declares all EPL games to be without any worth.

  22. DaveW says:

    Telemundo has Tigres-Atlante 9pm EST Saturday and Toluca-Monterrey 1pm EST Sunday.
    Feel free to delete this post when corrections are made.
    (Hard to keep up with all of them).

  23. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    If you want to see some possession soccer from guys in a US shirt…watch this team. Most are quite polished.

  24. 20 says:

    oh nice!

  25. 20 says:

    Agreed they are playing well and its an interesting match up.

  26. 20 says:

    I feel like there are too many teams below Fulham for them to really be worried. However they should get 3 points from this one and it would definitely put Fulham minds at ease

  27. Tim says:

    Time certainly does change things. That team looked great, and only a few of the cogs (Altidore and Bradley) have had success at the National level. While others (zizzo, szetela) have not.

    That tournament (outplaying Pato) will probably go down as the highlight of Adu’s international career.

  28. Marky says:

    Man city v Sunderland will be cracking. It’s basically a rematch of the Ghana v England game from last Tuesday. And also 5th place vs 7th place on the table. Very good competition.

  29. DaveW says:

    Daylight Savings Time, sorry.

  30. Hush says:

    I respect your opinion, but some of us are HARD core USMNT fans so therefor consider this to be extremely important. I personally love to watch the sub-15,17,20 USMNT young guns.. I think the more exposure futbol gets in this nation, the more importance they will find the Sub-15 etc.. games. Garza & Gyun are just nasty on the field! You are missing and going to be missing some beautiful futbol being played by the sub-20 USMNT! ;) … probably the most talented group I have ever seen in the U.S sub-20 history.

  31. Hush says:

    All the games of the USMNMT sub-20 are live on xbox 360! Also a few EPL,la liga, serie a, and the match between Twente vs PSV all on the 360 live.