Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City and Nikica Jelavic of Everton

Saturday’s European action kicks off at Goodison Park, where Everton will take on Manchester City. The host Toffees, who were bounced from the FA Cup by relegation-threatened Wigan, are in a tight race with city rival Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion for a spot in European competition next season. Manchester City will have to shake off its woeful Everton run if it wants to put pressure on league-leading Manchester United–City has lost five out of its last seven matches against the Toffees.

Arsenal will try to stay in the hunt for a place in the Champions League when the club visits Swansea City later in the day. The Gunners, who sit five points back from fourth-place Chelsea, are coming off of a good result at Bayern Munich. Even though the 2-0 win was not enough to push Arsenal into the final eight in the Champions League, the result shows that the club still has some fight left in what will be another trophyless season.

In Germany, runaway Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich will look for revenge on third-place Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern lost 2-1 to Leverkusen at home back in October off of a late Sidney Sam goal. Since that loss, Bayern has captured 45 of 48 possible points in Bundesliga action. Will Leverkusen be able to slay the German giants twice in one season?

Saturday will close out with action from Liga MX. After falling 3-1 to Seattle Sounders FC in CONCACAF Champions League action, Tigres UANL comes home to face midtable Guadalajara. The league leaders, who are still undefeated in Clausura play, could use a good bounceback win to keep themselves at the top of the table.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):

8:45am – ESPN2/ – Everton vs. Manchester City

10:30am – GolTV – Borussia Dortmund vs. Freiburg

11am – – Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers

11am – Fox Soccer Plus/ – Southampton vs. Liverpool

11am – Fox Soccer Channel – Swansea City vs. Arsenal

11am – – Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion

11am – beIN Sport – Real Sociedad vs. Real Valladolid

1pm – beIN Sport – Catania vs. Udinese

1pm – beIN Sport en Español – Getafe vs. Athletic Club

1:30pm – Fox Soccer Channel – Manchester United vs. Reading

1:30pm – GolTV – Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich

3pm – Univision Deportes – Lille vs. Evian TG

3pm – beIN Sport – Real Madrid vs. Mallorca

3:45pm – beIN Sport en Español – Bologna vs. Juventus

5pm – beIN Sport – Valencia vs. Real Betis

7pm – Univision – América vs. San Luis

9pm – UniMás – Pachuca vs. Puebla

9pm – Univision Deportes – Tigers UANL vs. Guadalajara

11pm – Galavision – Atlas vs. Santos Laguna

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47 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. elgringorico says:

    Hey guys you forgot the MLS games

    • MemRook says:

      If I had to guess, they are going to do a desperate MLS match day thread with all the info.

      • MemRook says:

        Thank you auto-correct.

        *separate* not desperate.

        • Rory says:

          You know, seeing how lame the EPL matches are today (very one-sided by appearance), no wonder MLS decided to make a push today with “rivalry week.” well played Don, well played

          • Scott A says:

            Meh, forces weird times like the NY-DC game at noon during the parade.

          • MemRook says:

            Ha. Funny.

            But seriously EPL ratings are still going to be better than MLS ratings probably. Sounders-Portland game is the obvious choice of the weekend, but I don’t even know what network it’s on.

          • Old School says:

            ..and yet Everton is up and I can see Swansea taking 3 points against Arsenal.

            I highly doubt Garber had enough foresight to judge this weekends match ups in Europe and counter that with “rivalry” week.

            • WG says:

              Sawns-Gunners should be a great match. Seeing as Arsene has been stirring the pot this week, I imagine both teams will be in top form for this.

      • Old School says:

        I did find the inadvertent auto-correct amusing though 😉

  2. G. Bean says:

    Everton is dominating so far. 0-0 with a controversial disallowed goal by Everton’s Mirallas.

  3. G. Bean says:

    Everton started strong, but seems to be losing their composure. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go down a man before it’s over.

  4. MemRook says:

    HELLS BELLS. Leon Osman beauty. Curler on the outside of the foot from at least 25 out. Crazy good.

    • MemRook says:

      I could watch that replay a billion times in a row. They should just stop the game and show that replay for the remaining 66 minutes

  5. Old School says:

    Osman is such a Moyes kind of player.

    Underrated, steady and always dependable.

  6. G. Bean says:

    Tevez keeps getting space to shoot… he’ll hit one sooner or later.

  7. MemRook says:

    Good on Everton for still pressing and attacking. That said, they look suspect on D. Can’t see them keeping out City forever on this form. Hope Everton can outgun them now.

  8. MemRook says:

    Now I know everyone is still asleep if I am the ONLY one that said anything about that goal. Well when y’all finally do wakeup, do yourselves a favor and google that sweet ish.

  9. MemRook says:

    Everton 2*-0 at the half. Not a bad performance by them so far. Lets see how City adjusts.

    *we all know what the score really is

    • JeffP says:

      Really could have been 3-0 with that Nastasic obstruction. City look terrible without Yaya and Aguero. And when will Mancini abandon the ‘Back 3′ gamble for good? It has done much more damage than good.

  10. baropbop says:

    New CEO at AEG!?

  11. Mig says:

    Mr. Howard’s backup, Mucha, has made a couple of truly great plays. Get well quick, Timmy, or you may get the Alex Smith treatment.

    • Joe Schmoe says:

      The writing could be on the wall for Tim Howard. He has not been at his best this season, he just turned 34 and his deputy is performing very well in his absence.
      Hopefully, Howard returns to his ever-improving domestic league after the 2014 WC at the age of 35 and with some quality years remaining in his career.

  12. Citronomics says:

    Fork in Man City. Arsenal and Liverpool with potentially tough tilts today. Setting up to be an exciting EPL day despite the lack of top shelf matches on paper.

  13. WG says:

    According to the Guardian Cameron is starting, Shea not dressed.

  14. gritz says:

    Dempsey and Altidore with hat-tricks tomorrow

  15. gritz says:

    When are Hamid or Johnson or MacMath heading to Europe? How come Rimando never went to play in Europe? Hes been de facto USMNT no3 for 3 years now

    • Dimidri says:

      Not really with regards to Rimando being the 3…Hannehman was the 3 at the WC, Hamid was the TWO, not even the 3 ahead of Guzan at first in the JK reign, so Rimando’s been the kind of 3 (with Johnson often playing/getting the call ahead of him) for sort of a year now. But your point still stands.

  16. MB says:

    Brek Shea hurt? He is not even on the bench for Stoke. Another bad move for no time?

    • cam says:

      Pulis seems to like it. Remember Shea is still adjusting to the league. Pulid needs to make sure the clib does not drop any lower on the table so maybe he is preserving Shea for later on

  17. cam says:

    $20 Gomez scores tonight. He is on Fireeeee

  18. Scott says:

    The Ox goes off the bar. Looks like this is gonna be an open game. Not really a shocker

  19. Jon says:

    Just to add another one to the list…Spector goes 4 minutes for B’Ham before being subbed off due to injury.

    Not sure if he would have been in, but jeez…

  20. bryan says:

    Johnson not dressing today either

  21. Scott says:

    Annnnnnnd Oxlade – Chamberlain hits the bar again. AHHHHH

  22. G. Bean says:

    Typical Potter’s scoreline in the 50′.

  23. Scott says:

    Ramsey, Gervinho on Ox and Diaby off. Errrr why is rosicky dead?

  24. Scott says:

    Nacho’s for lunch! Monreal!

  25. Scott says:

    Gervinho! 2-0 and a win for Arsenal. No saves made by Fabianski today!

    • WG says:

      Good win for the Gunners. Swans miss Chico Flores, and I wish Laudrup had pulled Pablo Malo today.