I haven’t done one of these (or anything else) for awhile, so here goes: my picks for the games to watch this weekend. It’s actually a pretty full card.
Lecce – Udinese (Paramount+, 12:30 PM EST, 11:30 AM CST) – It’s what’s on, y’all.
Osasuna – Real Sociedad (ESPN+, ESPN Deportes, Fubo, 3:00 PM EST, 2:00 PM CST) – This, on the other hand, is a legitimate game between two sides fighting for European football next year.
Houston Dash – North Carolina Courage (Paramount+, 8:30 PM EST, 7:30 PM CST) – Neither of these teams are where they would like to be at the moment, but it’s still early in the NWSL season. The Dash feature US Star Trinity Rodman, while the Courage are a bit in free fall without Brazilian star Debinha (an ACL injury taking her out for the season).
Crystal Palace – West Ham United (USA, 7:30 AM EST, 6:30 AM CST) – The only early game isn’t a terrible one.
Bayer Leverkusen – Union Berlin (ESPN+, 9:30 AM EST, 8:30 CST) – 3rd place Union visit a Leverkusen side that has come to life under new manager, Xabi Alonso. Should be a good start to the day.
AS Roma – AC Milan (Paramount+, 12:30 PM EST, 11:30 AM CST) – Tied on points and battling for the last Champions League spot, this should be a good one–hopefully with a bit of Mourinho spice to heat things up.
Coupe de France Final: Nantes – Toulouse (Fox Soccer Plus, Fubo, beIN Sports Connect, 3:00 PM EST, 2:00 PM CST) – Nantes are in a great spot to become repeat winners of the Coupe, a remarkable feat for a club of their stature. Alternate: Barcelona – Real Betis (ESPN+, ESPN Deportes, Fubo) – For those who can’t overcome their Ligue 1 prejudices (or can’t get access to the game), La Liga offers a solid alternative for the late European slot.
New England Revolution – FC Cincinnati (MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, 7:30 EST PM, 6:30 PM CST) – The top two teams in the East face off–though only if you’ve paid for the league package (or have a good pirate site to work from). Alternate: St. Louis City SC – Portland Timbers (Apple TV) – Expansion club St. Louis City is having an impressive start to the season, while Portland remains dangerous despite a slow start to the season.
Cruz Azul – Santos Laguna (Univision, TUDN, Fubo, 11:05 PM EST, 10:05 PM CST) – In the final round of regular season games, Cruz Azul and Santos Laguna are among the teams battling for positioning in the repechaje (or playoffs to join the Clausura Ligilla post-season tournament), with Santos needing a win to ensure they retain a spot at all (Cruz Azul are not mathematically safe, but it would take a lot of dominoes falling just right for them to miss out altogether).
Internazionale – Lazio (Paramount+, 6:30 AM EST, 5:30 AM CST) – Mauricio Sarri’s Lazio need a win to stay ahead of Juventus in 2nd place, while Inter–trailing Milan and Roma by just two points–are hoping to stay in the running for the final Champions League spot.
Rangers – Celtic (Paramount+, 8:30 AM EST, 7:30 CST) – Rangers won’t be catching Celtic or dropping out of 2nd place, but this is still the Old Firm derby. Respect.
Liverpool – Tottenham Hotspur (USA, Fubo, 11:30 AM EST, 10:30 AM CST) – Spurs will be hoping that coming back from two down to draw with Manchester United midweek signals the start of something new. Liverpool will be hoping that their string of three wins against relegation-threatened sides is the right preparation for this Tottenham. Alternate: Wolfsburg – Mainz (ESPN+) – If you can’t bring yourself to watch Spurs (and who could really blame you?), this midtable Bundesliga match is probably your best option. There’s also a La Liga relegation 6-pointer between Espanyol and Getafe (ESPN+, ESPN Deportes, Fubo, 12:30 PM EST, 11:30 AM CST) if you’re a glutton for punishment.
Bologna – Juventus (Paramount+, 2:45 PM EST, 1:45 PM CST) – The best of a bad bunch of evening European fixtures (and Liga MX’s afternoon offering isn’t any better).
Women’s Champions League Semifinal: Arsenal – Wolfsburg (DAZN on YouTube, 12:45 PM EST, 11:45 AM CST) – The first leg was 2-2. This is free on YouTube, so you’re a fool if you miss it (or gainfully employed; swings and roundabouts).
Leicester City – Everton (USA, Fubo, 3:00 PM EST, 2:00 PM CST) – A Premier League relegation six-pointer between two teams too big to go down–but both currently placed to do so. Alternate: Sevilla – Girona (ESPN+, ESPN Deportes, Fubo) – If you’d rather watch competent, mid-table football, La Liga has your back.
That’s it for now. There’s a full card of midweek action starting Tuesday, so I’ll try to get some guidance up for those games over the weekend. Enjoy!