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

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Barcelona and Real Madrid have already done battle this season in the late summer's Spanish Super Cup (won by Real Madrid), but their battle for the La Liga title begins at the Camp Nou on Sunday in the latest installment of 'El Clasico'.

It may just be October but the match is already a must-win for Real Madrid. The defending champions endured a slow start to the season that has them eight points back of Barcelona. A loss would extend that gap to 11, a deficit that could prove impossible to overcome against a Barcelona team that looks to be at the top of its game.

Barcelona-Real Madrid is one of several top rivalry matches around the world. AC Milan take on Inter Milan in one of Serie A's most storied rivalries, while Marseille face Paris St. Germain and FC Porto take on Sporting Lisbon in another classic rivalry.

The rivalry weeknd isn't confined to Europe. Club America and Chivas Guadalajara renew acquaintances in Mexico City, while the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers prepare to play in front of a crowd of more than 66,000 in Seattle.

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. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. Enough said.

2. AC Milan vs. Inter Milan. AC Milan may be down right now, but they showed in Europa League that they still have quality and should give Inter all they can handle.

3. Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers. More than 66,000 fans will pack into CenturyLink Field for what should be an intense and fast-paced thriller.

4. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake. These teams always put on a show when they face off, and the fact they're still playing for playoff position will add more 

5. Tottenham vs. Aston Villa. There could be four Americans on the field for this one, and Brad Guzan and Brad Friedel could face off in a battle of bald American goalkeepers.

6. New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago. Two of the top teams in the East square off at Red Bull Arena as Thierry Henry looks to continue his recent outstanding form.

8. Marseille vs. Paris St. Germain. Known as 'Le Classique', this rivalry is one of the more passionate in Europe, and PSG's recent big spending will add to the quality of the soccer.

9. Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim. U.S. national teammers Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams face a very tough challenge in might Bayern's vaunted attack.

10. Club America vs. Chivas USA. 'El Super Clasico' is Mexico's most storied rivalry and almost always provides plenty of drama.

OTHERS TO WATCH 

Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga. Atletico's Falcao is one of the best strikers in the world, while Malaga's Isco is one of the best young players in the world.

Liverpool vs. Stoke City. Geoff Cameron's rough introduction to the Premier League continues as he and the Potters face a Liverpool side that will be looking to build on last week's win.

Twente vs. AZ.  Jozy Altidore looks to continue his red-hot scoring against a tough Twente side.

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THIS WEEKEND'S SOCCER ON TV

TONIGHT

7pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Maryland vs. Virginia

SATURDAY

7:45am- ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes- Manchester City vs. Sunderland

9:30am- GolTV- Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim

10am- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes- Chelsea vs. Norwich City

10am- FoxSoccer2Go- Swansea City vs. Reading

10am- FoxSoccer2Go- West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers

10am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go- Wigan Athletic vs. Everton

10am- beIN Sport en Espanol- Rayo Vallecano vs. Deportivo La Coruna

11am- Univision Deportes- Montpellier vs. Evian TG

12pm- beIN Sport/beIN Sport en Espanol- Chievo vs. Sampdoria

12:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes- West Ham United vs. Arsenal

1pm- MLS Live/MLS Direct Kick- Toronto FC vs. D.C. United

2pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Real Valladolid vs. Espanyol

2pm- Univision Deportes- Lille vs. Ajaccio

2:45pm- beIN Sport- Genoa vs. Palermo

3:30pm- ESPN3- Benfica vs. Beira-Mar

3:30pm- MLS Live/NBC- New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago

4pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Real Betis vs. Real Sociedad

5pm- beIN Sport- Real Zaragoza vs. Getafe (delay)

7pm- beIN Sport- Toulouse vs. Valenciennes (delay)

8pm- Fox Deportes- Club America vs. Chivas

8:30pm- beIN Sport- Real Murcia vs. Racing Santander

8:30pm- MLS Live/MLS Direct Kick- Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact

9pm- MLS Live/NBC- LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

9pm- MLS Live/MLS Direct Kick- Colorado Rapids vs. SJ Earthquakes

11:59pm- FoxSoccer2Go- West Ham United vs. Arsenal (delay)

11:59pm- FoxSoccer2Go- Chelsea vs. Norwich City (delay)

SUNDAY

6:30am- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3- Ajax vs. Utrecht

7:45am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go- Celtic vs. Hearth of Midlothian

8am- beINSport- Brest vs. Bordeaux

8:30am- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes- Southampton vs. Fulham

8:30am- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3- PSV vs. NAC Breda

9am- beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Espanol- Siena va. Juventus

9:30am- GolTV- Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

10am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go- Liverpool vs. Stoke City

10am- FoxSoccer2Go- Tottenham vs. Aston Villa

10:30am- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3- Twente vs. AZ

11am- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes- Newcastle United vs. Manchester United

11am- beIN Sport- Lorient vs. Olympique Lyon

11:30am- GolTV- Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Dortmund

1:50pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

2:45pm- beIN Sport- AC Milan vs. Inter Milan

3pm- Univision Deportes- Olympique Marseille vs. PSG

3:45pm- ESPN3- Porto vs. Sporting CP

4pm- MLS Live/MLS Direct Kick-Columbus Crew vs. Sporting KC

5pm- beIN Sport- Olympique Marseille vs. Paris St. Germain (delay)

6:30pm- beIN Sport- Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga (delay)

7pm- Galavision/MLS Live- Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas

8:30pm- beIN Sport- Levante vs. Valencia

9pm- ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN3/MLS Live- Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers

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

  1. JJ says:

    Number 3 should be number 2.

  2. Dinho says:

    “10. Club America vs. Chivas USA. ‘El Super Clasico’ is Mexico’s most storied rivalry and almost always provides plenty of drama.”

    Chivas USA trying their luck in Liga MX? Can’t get much worse than how they’re doing in MLS, right?

  3. Jon says:

    Sucks that even if you have both BeIn channels, you still can’t watch the entire Milan derby live. They’re showing El Clasico on both and then switching for the remainder. No full replay until 9:30.

    They need to sort out their provider issues and get their streaming options together, ASAP.

  4. somedude says:

    FU Beinsport. Can’t watch either El Clásico or Derby della Madonnina. At least before I could switch between Gol and FSC….

  5. josh says:

    Is LAG-RSL on NBC Sports Network or NBC?

  6. Jeremy says:

    NBC

  7. beachbum says:

    NBC Sports Network. The Fire-Red Bulls game is on NBC though

  8. Spank says:

    i agree and I don’t like the Sounders or Timbers.

  9. Jeremy says:

    Oops, my bad. That’s the game I was thinking of that was on NBC.

  10. A wise man once says:

    “Bald American goalkeepers” I though all American goalkeepers were bald!?!?

    (SBI-Tony Meola was the last non bald goalkeeper who earned call-ups and kept his hair. Guys like Joe Cannon, Kevin Hartman and Dan Kennedy have kept their hair, but haven’t really been called in. will be interesting to see if this new generation of American keepers can keep their hair.)

  11. David says:

    No way…No. 1 on our side of the world.

  12. Stu says:

    RSL is one team that seems to always matchup well with LA.

    Playoff Preview???

  13. Kubre says:

    What a weekend..excellent matchups everywhere. Time to clear some DVR space.

  14. Guero says:

    NY/CHI on national TV is the most important for American soccer

  15. biff says:

    The game Sunday between 2nd-place Tijuana (with Castillo and Corona) and 1st-place Toluca should also be interesting.

  16. Bill says:

    Thanks to ESPN3 I can watch Porto vs Sporting – give it a shot to those of you unfamiliar with portuguese league. (I don’t have beIN so, yes..I’m rationalizing. But, it should be great match)

  17. BCC says:

    Marseille-PSG is always a fantastic game, well worth watching even if you don’t like either team.

    Tough to be an NFL and soccer fan; thank you, DVR inventor, wherever you are.

  18. Chupacabra says:

    +1

    I can’t believe that this new channel is managing to actually be worse than GOL TV when it comes to scheduling matches. WTF?