The MLS playoffs and a pair of juicy tilts in the English Premier League and Serie A headline the weekend’s soccer action on TV.
Juventus will put their unbeaten record on the line against Inter Milan in a match-up of the top two teams in Serie A. Juve has opened up a four-point lead in the league, but Inter can close that gap to one by becoming the first team since the 2010/2011 season to beat the Italian champions.
Robin Van Persie’s reunion with Arsenal is another headliner as Manchester United vies to keep pressure on Chelsea atop the English Premier League. The Gunners need a result to keep climbing toward the top four, but
Major League Soccer kicks off the conference semifinals this weekend with four exciting match-ups, each of which is a toss-up. The Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes should offer up the most wide-open series of the four, while, Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo prepare for what should be a tense and physical battle.
Here is a rundown of This Weekend’s Soccer on TV, and SBI’s Top Ten Matches to Watch:
SBI’S TOP TEN MATCHES TO WATCH
1. Manchester United vs. Arsenal. Van Persie faces the Gunners in what should be a wide-open and fast-paced clash.
2. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy. These teams both love to attack, and they don’t like each other. Throw in playoff intensity and this one is a can’t-miss.
3. Juventus vs. Inter Milan. Inter is the one team standing in the way of Juve running away with Serie A in November. Can young midfielder Paul Pogba keep up his impressive recent run?
4. Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake. The Sounders may not have Eddie Johnson healthy, but they’ll have a packed CenturyLink Field behind them as Fredy Montero looks to lead the attack against a tough RSL defense.
5. Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid. Radamel Falcao is playing some of the best soccer in the world, and Atletico can keep pressure on Barcelona with a road win against a tough Valencia side.
6. D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls. Hated rivals collide as D.C. United looks to keep their strong end to the regular season rolling into the post-season, but Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper will be a handful for the D.C. defense.
7. Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City. Sporting KC may be the top seed in this series, but the Dynamo have a knack for stepping up in the playoffs, and they finished unbeaten at BBVA Compass Stadium this year.
8. Liverpool vs. Newcastle. Two mid-table teams in dire need of three points to boost their chances of climbing closer to the top four.
9. Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo. Look for Lionel Messi to celebrate the birth of his first child with a hat-trick (or more).
10. Roma vs. Palermo. Roma games are never boring with Zeman as boss, so expect plenty of goals, and potentially a chance to see Michael Bradley in the Roma starting lineup.
THIS WEEKEND’S SOCCER ON TV
3:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Cambridge City vs. MK Dons
3:30pm- GolTV- Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Greuther Furth
3:45pm- Univision Deportes- Brest vs. Lorient
4:15pm- ESPN3.com- Porto vs. Maritimo
10:30pm- NBC Sports Network- Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake
8:45am- ESPN2/ESPN Deportes- Manchester United vs. Arsenal
9am- Fox Soccer Plus- Hereford United vs. Shrewsbury Town
10am- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Boreham Wood vs. Brentford
10:30am- GolTV- Borussia Dortmund vs. Stuttgart
11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Swansea City vs. Chelsea
11am- Fox Soccer Plus- Tottenham vs. Wigan Athletic
11am- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Norwich City vs. Stoke City
11am- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Sunderland vs. Aston Villa
11am- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Fulham vs. Everton
11am- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Bristol Rovers vs. Sheffield United
11am- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Forest Green Rovers vs. Port Vale
11am- beIN Sport en Espanol- Malaga vs. Rayo Vallecano
Noon- Univision Deportes- Paris St. Germain vs. Saint-Etienne
1pm- beIN Sport- Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo
1pm- RAI- AC Milan vs. Chievo
1:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- West Ham United vs. Manchester City
1:30pm- GolTV- Hamburg vs. Bayern Munich
1:45pm- ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes- Ajax vs. Vitesse Arnhem
3pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Real Madrid vs. Real Zaragoza
3pm- beIN Sport- Paris St. Germain vs. Saint-Etienne (Delayed)
3:45pm- beIN Sport- Juventus vs. Inter Milan
4:30pm- ESPN3.com- Benfica vs. Vitoria Guimaraes
4:45pm- ESPN3.com- PSV Eindhoven vs. Heracles
5pm- beIN SPort Espanol- Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid
8pm- NBC Sports Network- New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United
9:30pm- beIN Sport- Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid (Delayed)
7:30am- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Braintree Town vs. Tranmere Rovers
7;45am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go.com- Dundee United vs. Celtic
8am- Univision Deportes- Ajaccio vs. Olympique Marseille
8:30am- Fox Soccer Channel- Queens Park Rangers vs. Reading
8:30am- ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes- FC Twente vs. Feyenoord
9am- bein Sport Espanol- Catania vs. Lazio
9am- beIN Sport- Napoli vs. Torino
9:30am- GolTV- Bayer Leverkusen vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf
10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Gloucester City vs. Leyton Orient
11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. Newcastle United
11am- bein Sport- Olympique Lyon vs. Bastia
11:30am- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Dorchester Town vs. Plymouth Argyle
11:30am- GolTV- Werder Bremen vs. Mainz 05
1pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Mallorca (Delayed)
1pm- beIN Sport- Catania vs. Lazio (Delayed)
1:45pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Granada vs. Athletic Bilbao
2:45pm- beIN Sport- Roma vs. Palermo
3:30pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Sevilla vs. Levante
3:30pm- NBC- Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City
5pm- beIN Sport- Sevilla vs. Levante (Delayed)
7pm- beIN Sport en Espanol- Roma vs. Palermo
7pm- beIN Sport- Ajaccio vs. Olympique Marseille
9pm- ESPN- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes