Instead of just trying to comment randomly about the state of the sport, I’m going to try to list games on television each weekend on outlets in the US and toss in a few comments. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Please don’t be offended, but for the sake of brevity, I’m going to focus on the top divisions only. I’m also only listing live events and channels that I receive. Here goes Saturday’s games:
English Premier League:
The top match this Saturday should be the Manchester Derby between Manchester United and Manchester City. It will be on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. This is a match between the league leader, Man U and their third place city rivals, Manchester City. Man U’s last five results are: DWWWL while City’s are DWLDW.
Second place Arsenal will try to rebound from their embarrassing 4-4 draw with Newcastle United, in which they surrendered a 4-0 halftime lead. It was painful to watch. They will face Wolverhampton Wolves, currently second from last only on goal differential. Arsenal’s last five results are DWWWD, while Wolves are WLLLW. The game is on Saturday at 9:55 a.m. on ESPN2.
If you’re a Scouser instead of a Gooner, Liverpool (DWWWW) will be playing Wigan Athletic (DLLDW) on Fox Soccer Channel on Saturday at 9:55 a.m. Or if you prefer the other team from North London, Tottenham (LDDWW) is facing Sunderland (WDWLL) on Fox Soccer Channel at 12:30 p.m.
Finally for Saturday, Blackburn (WLWLL) will play host to Newcastle United(WDDLD), brimming with confidence after overcoming Arsenal’s huge halftime lead to tie the game at 4-4 last week.
Italian Serie A:
Seventh place Roma (WWDDL) hosts second place Napoli (DWWLW) at 2:30 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.
Gol TV continues to give viewers the impression that it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayern Munich as the only Bundesliga game they’re broadcasting on Saturday is fifth place Bayern Munich (WDWWL) takes on seventh place 1899 Hoffenheim (DLDWW) at 9:30 a.m.
Spanish Primera Liga:
ESPN Deportes is carrying first place Barcelona (WWWWW) seeking to extend their near perfection against thirteenth place Sporting de Gijón (DWWWL) at 1:55 p.m.
Gol TV has fourth place Valencia (WWWDW) hosting eighth place Atlético Madrid (LWLLL) at 12 noon and follows up later with Racing Santander (DLLDD), languishing in 16th place facing seventh place Sevilla (WLWDD).
The toughest contests in Spain and Italy will take on Sunday. More later today. Meanwhile, enjoy today’s matches!