By JUSTIN FERGUSON
After a road loss to Manchester City last weekend knocked them out of the FA Cup, Chelsea will look to stay in pole position for the English Premier League title against an Everton side that got the best of them earlier this season.
The Blues fell 1-0 to USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton at Goodison Park earlier this season, but they have risen to the top of the EPL table since their loss on Merseyside. Chelsea, who still have not lost in league play at Stamford Bridge this season, are unbeaten in their last 18 home matches against Everton. The Toffees have struggled on the road in recent weeks and will most likely need a positive result to keep them in a Europa League spot.
In other Saturday EPL action, second-place Arsenal will take on USMNT forward Jozy Altidore and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium. While relegation-zoned Sunderland have only lost once in their last 10 matches across all competitions, Arsenal have not lost a home match in league play since Opening Day against Aston Villa.
Elsewhere, Manchester City host Stoke City at Ethiad Stadium, while struggling Manchester United look for a road win at Crystal Palace before the start of their Champions League fixture with Olympiakos next week. In Spain, Barcelona visit Real Sociedad in hopes of keeping their lead above rivals Real Madrid, who host Elche at the Bernabeu.
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Enjoy the action. (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):
7:45am – Chelsea vs. Everton – NBC Sports Network
7:45am – Heart of Midlothian vs. Celtic – Fox Soccer Plus
9:30am – Hamburg vs. Borussia Dortmund – GolTV USA
10am – Arsenal vs. Sunderland – USA Network
10am – Real Madrid vs. Elche – beIN Sports USA
10am – Manchester City vs. Stoke City – Premier League Extra Time
10am – West Bromwich Albion vs. Fulham – Premier League Extra Time
10am – West Ham United vs. Southampton – Premier League Extra Time
10am – Cardiff City vs. Hull City – Premier League Extra Time
11am – Marseille vs. Lorient – Univision Deportes
12pm – Celta de Vigo vs. Getafe – beIN Sports en Español
12:30pm – Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United – NBC
12:30pm – Wolfsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen – GolTV USA
2pm – Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona – beIN Sports USA
2pm – Montpellier vs. Ajaccio – Univision Deportes
2:45pm – Bologna vs. AS Roma – beIN Sports USA
4pm – Almeria vs. Malaga – beIN Sports en Español
5:30pm – Nacional (Uru) vs. Danubio – GolTV USA
6pm – Club America vs. Pumas UNAM – Univision
8pm – Pachuca vs. Morelia – Univision Deportes
8pm – Tigres UANL vs. Veracruz – UniMás
9:05pm – Club Leon vs. Santos – Telemundo
10pm – Atlas vs. Monterrey – Univision Deportes