On Tap (Feb 5th-11th)

Here’s a quick round-up of the best games to watch this weekend and next week.  All times are CST.

Friday the 5th – 1:45 PM Fiorentina – Internazionale (ESPN+). Fiorentina should give Inter a better game than woeful Hertha will Bayern (1:00 PM on ESPN+). If you rather see a relegation six-pointer, turn in for Deportivo Alavés – Real Valladolid (2:00 PM on BeIN Sports).

Saturday the 6th – 6:30 AM Arsenal – Aston Villa (NBCSN). It’s what’s on, and shouldn’t be a bad game between two solid sides.

8:30 AM Bayer Leverkusen – Stuttgart (ESPN+) or Freiburg – Borussia Dortmund (ESPN+). Take your pick between struggling Champions League contenders facing up against solid mid-table competition.

11:00 AM Roma – Juventus (ESPN+). Probably the match of the day, as Juve and Roma sit in 4th (with a game in hand) and 3rd behind the Milanese sides at the top of the table.

2:00 PM Manchester United – Everton (NBCSN). Who knows which United will turn up?  And which Everton?  Should be interesting.

Sunday the 7th – 5:30 AM Benevento – Sampdoria (ESPN2). It may not sound like a cracker, but this showdown between over-achieving mid-table clubs should be more entertaining than the Mourinho-Allardyce derby (6:00 AM on NBCSN).

8:00 AM Wolverhampton Wanderers – Leicester City (NBCSN). Hopefully, a lively two-way game that serves as a hearty appetizer for the main event.

10:30 AM Liverpool – Manchester City (NBCSN). Possibly the game of the season thus far. City could make it their title to lose, but Liverpool could also prove that their recent upturn in form is in fact a return to the real thing. A big game, with big implications.

2:00 PM Olympique de Marseille – Paris Saint-Germain (BeIN SportsXTRA) or Real Betis – Barcelona (BeIN Sports). Both Marseille and PSG are in varying degrees of turmoil, so if this game goes forward it should be the match to watch (it will be replayed at 5:00 PM on BeIN Sports). But Barca will control the cable time slot regardless, and is probably the best alternative in case of cancelation or inability to find this one.

Monday the 8th – 2:00 PM Atlético Madrid – Celta Vigo (BeIN Sports). The return of Iago Aspas should elevate this game, though it will still be quite an ask for Celta Vigo. Lots of quality on the pitch, though.

Tuesday the 9th – 11:30 AM Burnley – Bournemouth (ESPN+). This FA Cup tie is what’s on.

1:45 PM Juventus – Internazionale (ESPN+). The second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal should be a good one, as Juve lead 2-1 on aggregate.

Wednesday the 10th – 7:45 AM Nantes – RC Lens (BeIN SportsXTRA). If you can track down this Coupe de France game, it will definitely be the only game on.

11:30 AM Swansea City – Manchester City (ESPN+). The best of the available cup games in this early slot.

1:45 PM Atalanta – Napoli (ESPN+). The first leg was a nil-nil draw, but someone has to win this time around, but shoot-out if necessary.

Thursday the 11th – 12:00 PM Club World Cup Final, likely Bayern Munich – Palmeiras (Fox Sports 1) or Wolverhampton Wanderers – Southampton (ESPN+). The Club World Cup is probably the game to watch, but if you can’t resist the magic of the FA Cup, there is a decent alternative.

2:00 PM Angers SCO – Stade Rennais (BeIN Sports). This should be a reasonably interesting Coupe tie.

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