The soccer weekend is upon us and there are plenty of games of TV and we’re going to list the games that are a “can’t-miss” to watch live (or at least DVR).
(Fox Soccer Channel; Saturday, 7am ET)
The Merseyside Derby gets the FA Cup treatment as the teams that call Liverpool home, Liverpool FC and Everton, face each other in the tournament’s Semifinal phase. This stage of the competition is tense enough as the Final will be just 90 minutes, so adding the age-long rivalry to it only spices things up for dedicated supporters and neutral fans alike.
(GOLTV; Saturday, 2PM ET)
La Liga is heating up! Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick not only put him at the top of the race for the pichichi as he reached 40 goals (tying his league total of the previous and staying one goal ahead of Lionel Messi) but his Real Madrid also reached 82 to stay 4 points clear from Barcelona at the top of the league. The Spanish giants will need to continue winning when they receive Sporting Gijon if they want to end the season as champions and finally cutting their arch-rival’s 3-year streak as Spain’s top team.
(Fox Soccer Channel; Saturday 2:45PM ET)
Inter Milan has had a pretty quiet season so far with few highlights for fans to cling to while Udinese is continuing to be a solid despite the key loss of Alexis Sanchez to the Spanish giants, Barcelona. Udinese is fourth (4th) in the league with 51 points, which currently qualifies them the Europa League and are a mere 3 points from tying Lazio at 54 points for the league’s 3rd spot, which grants them a UEFA Champions League qualifying spot. On the other hand, Inter is just 3 points away of reaching the 51 points that Udinese has. An Inter win would get them closer to qualifying to a European cup competition which would be the only thing that can keep this season from seeming like a complete failure for the Italian giants.
(ESPN Deportes; Saturday, 4PM ET)
The team that many are daring to call the “greatest team of all time” is not demonstrating that in the league standings like one would suspect going into Saturday’s match against Levante. Barcelona, led by Messi and his 39 goals this season, are inching closer and closer to La Liga leaders Real Madrid and are only 4 points behind. With 6 games to go until the end of the season, Barcelona can’t take any chances from now and must add 3 points whenever they come off the pitch. A nice subplot to the drama that surrounds the league is the race for the “pichichi” (award for the league’s highest goal-scorer); Messi’s 39 goals this season are only 1 behind league-leader Cristiano Ronaldo’s 40 goals and this game will surely see the diminutive Argentine add more to his tally.
(FOX Soccer Channel; Sunday, 11AM ET)
After going on a run that finally allowed them to reach the top of the league after trailing cross-town rivals Manchester City for much of the season, Manchester United is looking to get back to its winning ways as they face Aston Villa. A loss against Wigan during their mid-week clash allowed Manchester City to get within 5 points from the top of the English Premiership. Led by Wayne Rooney’s goals and Antonio Valencia’s phenomenal form, the Red Devils will attempt to do their part to secure another Premier League championship and demonstrate why the club is the England’s most successful side of all time.