Soccer Sunday: Your Running CommentaryMarch 23, 2014 • By Justin Ferguson
By JUSTIN FERGUSON
All eyes will be on the famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium in the Spanish capital Sunday as Real Madrid host Barcelona in another installment of El Clasico.
First-place Real Madrid have not lost in La Liga since the first Clasico of the season back in October, and they hold a four-point lead over Barcelona heading into their second league meeting of the season. Defending champions Barcelona have been at their dominant best at Camp Nou recently, but they have also dropped back-to-back matches away from home in La Liga — an area they will want to improve in order to stay in the race for another title. Superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both in great form at the moment, so we could see a showdown for the ages today in Madrid.
Second-place Atletico Madrid, who enter Sunday trailing crosstown rivals Real Madrid by three points in the championship race, will play before El Clasico. Diego Costa and Atletico hit the road to face last-place Real Betis, who continued their disappointing campaign with a Europa League loss earlier this week.
In England, Tottenham Hotspur look to put more distance between themselves and Manchester United in their race for a Europa League spot when they host Southampton. AS Monaco will take on Lille in an important French Ligue 1 match later in the day, and AC Milan hope to end their recent struggles with a road victory against Lazio.
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Enjoy the action. (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):
9:30am – Tottenham vs. Southampton – NBC Sports Network
10am – Inter Milan vs. Atalanta – beIN Sports USA
12pm – Aston Villa vs. Stoke City – NBC Sports Network
12pm – Real Betis vs. Atletico Madrid – beIN Sports USA
2pm – Pumas UNAM vs. Monterrey – Univision Deportes/Univision
3pm – Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls – UniMas
3pm – Santos vs. Palmeiras – GolTV USA
3:45pm – Lazio vs. AC Milan – beIN Sports Play
4pm – Real Madrid vs. Barcelona – beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports en Español
4pm – Monaco vs. Lille – Univision Deportes
5:15pm – River Plate vs. Lanus – GolTV USA
7pm – Atlante vs. Toluca – Univision Deportes