Watch These Matches for the week of Feb. 4

Monday, Feb. 4

  • West Ham United vs. Liverpool (Premier League) — Liverpool sit only two points ahead of Manchester City after their win today, they need to win at London Stadium to main­tain their lead or else they risk los­ing the top spot this com­ing week­end.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

  • Borussia Dortmund vs. Werder Bremen (DFB Pokal) — Top of the Bundesliga vs. the mid­dle of the pack. However Werder Bremen have Josh Sargent, and Dortmund poten­tial­ly have Pulisic. Could we see two of America’s ris­ing stars face off?

Wednesday, Feb. 6

  • Everton vs. Manchester City (Premier League) — Man. City are chas­ing Liverpool and depend­ing how they did, this could be the match where Manchester take the top of the league. Can they?
  • Barcelona vs. Real Madrid (Copa del Rey) — An El Classico on the road to the top of the cup? Yes please.
  • Aberdeen vs. Rangers (Scottish Premier) — #3 vs. #2 fac­ing off.

Saturday, Feb. 9

  • Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid (La Liga) - We have an El Classico imme­di­ate­ly fol­lowed by the Madrid derby. If you haven’t seen it, you should real­ly check out this Derby Days that explores this Spanish rival­ry.
  • Parma vs. Internazionale (Serie A) — Parma man­aged to draw the tal­ent laden Juventus. Can they also upset against Milan’s side?
  • Melbourne Victory vs. Perth Glory (A League) — Top two in Australia face off this week­end.

Sunday, Feb. 10

  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City (Premier League) — Having lost to Manchester United, Leicester are look­ing to bounce back. Can they do it against the Spurs?
  • Manchester City vs. Chelsea (Premier League) — #2 vs #4. Fireworks. Lots of fire­works.
  • Utrecht vs. PSV (Eredivisie) — Two of the top in the Netherlands face off, can Utretcht give PSV their first loss of 2019?

Watch These Matches for the week of Jan. 28

Another week of the beau­ti­ful game for us all to sit back and enjoy. From Scotland to Mexico, and even an International friend­ly. Should be a good week.

Monday, Jan. 28

  • İstanbul Başakşehir vs Kasımpaşa (Turkish Super Lig) — Istanbul has opened a 6 point lead on the near­est chas­er, and Kasımpaşa sits in fourth, nine points behind them. A win here would tie them for 2nd, and pre­vent Istanbul from open­ing a wider gap.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

  • Arsenal vs. Cardiff City (Premier League) — Arsenal sit in fifth. Cardiff City in 18th. Not exact­ly close. But both teams are fight­ing to progress. A win for Arsenal ties Chelsea. A win for Cardiff City could mean that they escape rel­e­ga­tion (assum­ing Newcastle doesn’t beat Manchester City.)

Wednesday, Jan. 30

  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Watford (Premier League) — Watford con­tin­ue to put up good games, as they chase the lead­ers. Spurs though have their chal­lenges ahead of them with Kane injured and Son play­ing for his nation­al team.

Thursday, Jan. 31

  • Union Berlin vs. Koln (Bundesliga 2) — Koln were Bundesliga main­stays until they got rel­e­gat­ed. Koln are #2 in the sec­ond league, fight­ing to make their way back into the league.

Saturday, Feb. 2

  • USA vs. Costa Rica (World Friendly) - Our sec­ond look at the US Men’s squad under the new coach as they face Costa Rica. We’ll be curi­ous to see how they look.
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern München (Bundesliga) — Casual fans, or those unfa­mil­iar with the German league might assume these two teams were in the same city given the pres­ence of ‘Bayer’ and ‘Bayern’ — but no, Leverkusen and Munich (Munchen) are near­ly 300 miles apart. Bayer is named for the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­ny Bayer, while Bayern comes from the name of the region Munich is in.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga) — Fifteen points sep­a­rate them, Eintracht sits at 30 points while Dortmund leads the league with 45. Dortmund has won four of their last five where Eintracht Frankfurt have only taken 7 points out of their last five match­es. A win for Dortmund gives them a com­mand­ing nine point lead over the chas­ing Bayern München (pend­ing the out­come of their match vs. Leverkusen.)
  • Monaco vs. Toulouse (Ligue 1) — The great Thierry Henry had tried to turn Monaco around, tak­ing on a mon­u­men­tal chal­lenge as his first coach­ing job. And, well, it hasn’t gone well. He has been removed as the team tries to save their sea­son again. Toulouse is not a pow­er­house, so per­haps Monaco can turn it around here.

Sunday, Feb. 3

  • Manchester City vs Arsenal (Premier League) — Do I need to explain why to watch this? Well, as a Tottenham sup­port­er I can tell you it’s so I can see Man. City beat them.
  • Real Madrid vs Deportivo Alavés (La Liga) — Real Madrid sit in third, and Alaves is four points and two spots behind them. Madrid are in good form as they rejoin the hunt for the top of the league.
  • Roma vs. Milan (Serie A) — Two leg­endary teams of Italy, Roma need­ing to earn that fourth rank to try and play in Champions League rather than Europa league.
  • Olympique Lyonnais vs PSG (Ligue 1) — PSG all but has this league clenched bar­ring a cat­a­stroph­ic run of games, but Lyon are also in great form as they have not lost a game since the begin­ning of December.

Watch These Matches for the week of Jan. 21

Another week of the beau­ti­ful game for us all to sit back and enjoy. From Scotland to Mexico, and even an International friend­ly. Should be a good week.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

  • Kilmarnock vs. Rangers (Scottish Premier) — We don’t eas­i­ly get the Scottish games here in the US, but #2 vs. #3.

Thursday, Jan. 24

  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea (English League Cup) — Two British pow­er­hous­es face off in the sec­ond leg of their match. Going into it, Tottenham is up 1 – 0.

Friday, Jan. 25

  • Manchester United vs. Arsenal (FA Cup) — One day after we see Tottenham vs. Chelsea, we get this matchup. Olé has turned Man United around and made them fun to watch.

Saturday, Jan. 19

  • Milan vs. Napoli (Serie A) — Two top teams in Italy fac­ing off.
  • Werder Bremen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga) — Two middle‐of‐the‐pack teams in Germany face off. In addi­tion tune in to see if the up and com­ing American, Josh Sargent can notch anoth­er goal in his early Bundesliga career.
  • Cruz Azul vs. Tijuana (Liga MX) — We are early into the Clausura for Mexican foot­ball and both of these teams need to start earn­ing points.

Sunday, Jan. 27

  • USA vs. Panama (World Friendly) - Panama got the last spot in the 2018 World Cup after the US failed to qual­i­fy. This is a lit­tle bit of going full cir­cle as we intro­duce the world to the next era of the US Men’s Team.
  • Juventus vs. Lazio (Serie A) — Historically, Juventus have a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in this series. Will they notch anoth­er win over Lazio?
  • Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur (FA Cup) — Crystal Palace are strug­gling to climb in the Premier League while Tottenham fights for the shield. Can Palace get a win over the Spurs for the FA Cup?
  • Feyenoord vs. Ajax (Eredivisie) — Two of the top Dutch clubs face off!
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Watch These Matches for the week of Jan. 14

Monday, Jan. 14

  • Manchester City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League) — Wolves upset the Spurs a few weeks ago 3 – 1, can they make a sim­i­lar upset against City?

Wednesday, Jan. 16

  • Juventus vs. Milan (Supercoppa Italiana) — Two Italian pow­er­hous­es face off in Italy for their nation­al cup.
  • Saint‐Etienne vs. Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1) — #5 vs #6 in the league. Both sit­ting out­side the Europa league for the fin­ish of the league. Saint‐Etienne moves into posi­tion with a win, Marseille with a win joins the three‐way tie for 4th, deter­mined by goal dif­fer­en­tial.

Friday, Jan. 18

  • Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) — Hoffenheim need to turn their ship around, they have drawn their last five league games. This match is going to be a tough one, as Munich are fir­ing on all cylin­ders. That said, they did man­age to defeat Bayern the last time they host­ed them. So it should be an inter­est­ing match.

Saturday, Jan. 19

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Leicester City (Premier League) — As of this writ­ing, the Wolves are in 9th place in the league. However the dis­tance from there to 7th is a sin­gle win. If they didn’t get that win by upset­ting City then they can that win against the #7 team them­selves.
  • Arsenal vs. Chelsea (Premier League) — #5 vs #4 derby!
  • Sevilla vs. Real Madrid (La Liga) - Real Madrid have floun­dered and dropped to 5th in the league. Here they face the #3 Sevilla, who have them by 3 points and ten goals in goal dif­fer­en­tial. A win here moves them to 4th and bet­ters their posi­tion to try and chase down their city rivals Atletico.
  • RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga) - Two of my favorite teams in the league face off, it should be a fun match for all.

Sunday, Jan. 20

  • Napoli vs. Lazio (Serie A) - Two sto­ried Italian teams face off! I pre­dict a Napoli win­ner but Lazio should make it inter­est­ing.
  • Guadalajara vs. Toluca (Liga MX) — Two of the top teams in Mexico face off. Historically it’s a fair­ly even series with a slight edge to Toluca, but Guadalajara are at home and are in slight­ly bet­ter form given their last five games.
  • Fulham vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League) - Fulham are in dire straits and they need to start pulling off some unex­pect­ed wins if they have any hope of avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion. This would be one such unex­pect­ed win as they face #2 Tottenham. But they are at home and stranger things have hap­pened.

Watch these Matches for the week of Jan. 7

Well this new year promis­es to be an excit­ing one in the world of soc­cer. Last week Manchester City took down the unde­feat­ed Liverpool (ensur­ing Arsenal remains the only team to go unde­feat­ed.) Now, can the Citizens or the Spurs catch Liverpool at the top of the league? 538 says… maybe but it’s not like­ly.

Monday, Jan. 7

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool (Premier League) — Liverpool is look­ing to bounce back and resume their climb to win­ning the league but can Wolverhampton pull off anoth­er upset?

Tuesday, Jan. 8

  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea (League Cup) — With the Spurs in hot pur­suit of Liverpool and Manchester City they are like­ly to rest starters for this game (they do face Manchester City this week­end.) But, based on their recent 7 – 0 vic­to­ry at Tranmere, the Spurs still have plen­ty of depth (not as if Tranmere were a seri­ous chal­lenge.)

Wednesday, Jan. 9

  • Perth Glory vs. Sydney FC (A‐League) — #1 vs #2 in the Australian league face off, broad­cast at 3am for us west coast Americans. Which means to me I can wake up early for work and watch the replay on ESPN+.

Friday, Jan. 11

  • Leeds United vs. Derby County (English Championship) — #1 vs #6 in the Championship. Derby County are fight­ing to stay in the top group, with a num­ber of clubs chas­ing. They’ve only got­ten 6 points out of the last pos­si­ble 15. Can they regain a win vs. Leeds, who sit atop the Championship?

Saturday, Jan. 12

  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Liverpool (Premier League) — Liverpool sit on their throne, and while the gap closed with City’s win, it is still their league to lose. This match should not pose any chal­lenge, but let us sup­pose for a moment that Klopp’s train comes off the tracks… it would be quite the train crash.
  • Nice vs. Bordeaux (Ligue 1) — To many, they only want to watch games between the best teams or fea­tur­ing one of the best teams in a league. The truth is I find a great deal of enjoy­ment in watch­ing even­ly matched teams, regard­less of their stand­ings to the top. And that’s what this looks to be. Patrick Viera is strug­gling with Nice, and the team is still strug­gling to put points up.

Sunday, Jan. 13

  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United (Premier League) — Tottenham is chas­ing the lead­ers of the league. Manchester is right­ing the ship under their new gaffer and we are final­ly see­ing Paul Pogba do his thing wear­ing the red kits. This game should be full of fire­works.
  • Real Betis vs. Real Madrid (La Liga) — Real Madrid are floun­der­ing, strug­gling to hold their ground in this post‐Ronaldo sea­son. Can they remain in the Champions League or will they fall to the Europa Cup league this sea­son?
  • Olympique Marseille vs. AS Monaco (Ligue 1) — Earlier, I talked about the evenly‐paired match­es and how I enjoyed them. This is not one of them. This is me rec­om­mend­ing you tune in to see if Thierry Henry, now lead­ing Monaco, can stop the cat­a­stroph­ic sea­son that they are endur­ing. This match won’t be easy, but they are at risk of rel­e­ga­tion and they need to stop the back­slide.

Watch these Matches for the week of Dec. 31

Here we go, head­ing in to the new year. Will 2019 have a new win­ner in the Premier League? Through 2018 it looked as if Liverpool would win it, their first time win­ning the Premier League, though they had won the First League Division 16 times through their his­to­ry.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

  • Cardiff City vs. Tottenham (Premier League) — It’s not two even­ly matched teams, but Tottenham got upset by the Wolves they are look­ing to right the ship, every match they play is going to be enter­tain­ing. Or painful depend­ing on your per­spec­tive.
  • Derby County vs. Middlebrough (English Championship) — #4 vs #5 in the Championship face off, broad­cast for us on ESPN+.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

  • Newcastle vs. Man. United (Premier League) — Man. United have changed their coach­es and are in the process of turn­ing their ship around. Pogba has been excel­lent since they sacked Mourinho. Newcastle shouldn’t be a chal­lenge, let’s see how they do.

Thursday, Jan. 3

  • Manchester City vs. Liverpool (Premier League) — #1 vs. #2 in the Premier League meet. A clash of the titans.

Saturday, Jan. 5

This week­end are FA Cup match­es, lots and lots of match­es, but most of them are of teams below the Prem. or Premier League match­es vs lower tier clubs, which makes it hard to pick what to watch. There’s only one that is Premier League vs. Premier League:

  • AFC Bournemouth vs Brighton & Hove Albion (FA Cup)

Sunday, Jan. 6

  • Getafe vs. Barcelona (La Liga) — Barcelona are atop the Spanish league, Getafe are fight­ing to climb into the top squad. Plus, it’s got Messi play­ing, that’s almost always worth watch­ing.

Watch These Matches: Dec. 26 — Dec. 30

Updated Dec. 28 — Added Rangers vs. Celtic for Saturday’s view­ing.

It’s an abbre­vi­at­ed week with only Premier League and Serie A in action, but I am endeav­or­ing to resume with my match rec­om­men­da­tions head­ing into the new year. So, let’s look at what there is to watch this week:

Wednesday, Dec. 26

  • Tottenham vs. Bournemouth (Premier League) — Tottenham are hav­ing a his­toric start to the sea­son for the club and Bournemouth are one match behind Man. United in the table. Tottenham are clear­ly the bet­ter side, but I still expect this match to be enter­tain­ing.
  • Watford vs. Chelsea (Premier League) — Watford is per­form­ing bet­ter than they have in a long time, just out­side the top 6 of the league. Of the Boxing day match­es this is the clos­est pair­ing in terms of rank­ing.
  • Inter vs. Napoli (Serie A) — Second vs. third in Serie A. Definitely a match worth tun­ing in for!

Thursday, Dec. 27

  • Southampton vs. West Ham (Premier League) — It’s not going to be a match between two power hous­es, but the pick­ings are slim for the 27th.

Saturday, Dec. 29

  • Rangers vs. Celtic (Scottish Premiership) — Initially left off this list as my go‐to resource for upcom­ing soc­cer match­es mis­tak­en­ly did not have it on their line‐up. This is per­haps the most excit­ing match of the day as it will choose the win­ner of the Scottish league, between the two pow­er­hous­es of the league.
  • Tottenham vs. Wolverhampton (Premier League) — Wolverhampton played Fulham, and hope­ful­ly won dur­ing the week. They are rel­a­tive­ly safe in the mid­dle of the table, but they need to keep push­ing. Tottenham con­tin­ue their push to try and over­take the top of the league, they can’t afford to drop points in this chase after Liverpool.
  • Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Premier League) — A clash in the Top 5! Liverpool look unstop­pable and Arsenal have shown they deserve to be in the top 5, can they show they deserve to be high­er? A win ver­sus Liverpool would do just that.
  • Juventus vs. Sampdoria (Serie A) — 23 points sep­a­rate Juventus in first and Sampdoria in sixth, so it’s unlike­ly they can catch Juve. But Sampdoria are still able to pos­si­bly qual­i­fy for the Europa League next sea­son if they can string wins and points.

Watch These Matches: Sept. 24 – 30

Monday, Sep. 24

  • Fenerbahçe vs Beşiktaş (Turkish Super Lig) — The beau­ti­ful thing about soc­cer is that it is being played around the world, and there are games near­ly every day of the year. Mondays are usu­al­ly fair­ly slim pick­ings, but two famous Turkish teams fac­ing off is good enter­tain­ment.

Tuesday, Sep. 25

  • Inter vs. Fiorentina (Serie A) — Fiorentina is one of the top teams in the start of the Serie A sea­son, and Inter is one of the sto­ried teams of the league. Inter has Nainggolan as one of their stars, but also they now have Borja Valero who was a play­er for Fiorentina for the past sev­er­al years.
  • Millwall vs. Fulham (England League Cup) — Millwall are at the bot­tom of the Championship. Fulham are fal­ter­ing in the Premier League. How will they do when they meet in the league cup?

Friday, Sep. 28

  • Hertha Berlin vs. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) — First vs. sec­ond in the Bundesliga face off. Simple as that.

Saturday, Sep. 29

  • Beijing Guoan vs Shanghai SIPG (Chinese Super League) — And the first takes on the third team in the Chinese Super League. I’ve caught a few league games and this should be a good one.
  • Chelsea vs. Liverpool (EPL) — The reign­ing cham­pi­ons take on the only unde­feat­ed team left this sea­son. Should be fire­works.
  • Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid (La Liga) — The Madrid derby is one of my favorites, this one should be excel­lent.
  • Juventus vs. Napoli (Serie A) — First vs. sec­ond in Serie A. Simple as that.

Sunday, Sep. 30

  • Feyenoord vs Vitesse (Eredivisie) — I watched Ajax get dis­man­tled by PSV this past week­end; I am eager to see how they bounce back from that per­for­mance.
  • New York RB vs Atlanta United (MLS) — First vs. sec­ond in the East of the MLS. New York will be lack­ing their star scor­er, Bradly Wright‐Phillips due to yel­low card accu­mu­la­tion.

Watch These Matches for the Week of 9/3

This week most leagues are on break for the inter­na­tion­al break. allow­ing teams to play in friend­lies or com­pe­ti­tions like the UEFA Nations League, etc. Looking over the leagues going on and the games being played, here are my picks for match­es to watch this week.

Tuesday, Sep. 4

  • USA vs. Chile (Women’s Friendly) — We are in the final friend­lies before World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion. USA won the first friend­ly 3 – 0, and we got a unique look at the squad on the field. Let’s see how it goes this time.

Friday, Sep. 7

  • Portland Thorns vs. Seattle Reign (NWSL) — Seattle is locked for the post sea­son, now they are play­ing to host the play­off game. Portland trails them by just 2 points, get­ting out of the Rose City with at least a point will be big for them. But it will be a chal­lenge, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing they will be with­out Megan Rapinoe as she con­tin­ues recov­er­ing from her injury.
  • Italy vs. Poland (UEFA Nations) — During this week­end for the inter­na­tion­al break there are a num­ber of good nation­al matchups. Italy didn’t make the World Cup but they remain an inter­na­tion­al pow­er­house. Given Poland’s early depar­ture from the World Cup they have some­thing to prove as much as Italy does.
  • USA vs. Brazil (Men’s Friendly) — The road to Qatar begins as the US con­tin­ues refin­ing and search­ing for the squad who will put them back on the world’s biggest stage.

Saturday, Sep. 8

  • England vs. Spain (UEFA Nations) — Two of the best coun­tries in the world face off.
  • NYCFC vs. DC United (MLS) — NYCFC sit at third in the East. DC United are fight­ing to try and claw their way back into the post sea­son. Combine that with two leg­ends of the game: David Villa vs. Wayne Rooney. Should be an enter­tain­ing match.

Sunday, Sep. 9

  • France vs. Netherlands (UEFA Nations) — The Netherlands also missed the World Cup in Russia, how will they fair against the great­est nation­al team in the world?

Champions League Groups

Similar to the World Cup, here are my pre­dic­tions for each group of this year’s Champions League. Some of these were quite dif­fi­cult, but my picks for the teams to advance are bold­ed. After the team list­ings I share my thoughts on the groups. Let’s see how wrong I end up being.

Group A

  • Atletico Madrid
  • Dortmund
  • Monaco
  • Club Brugge

I feel like this group is fair­ly cut and dry. Dortmund could floun­der and in that case Monaco moves up, but we will see.

Group B

  • Barcelona
  • Tottenham
  • PSV
  • Inter Milan

Nakedly eye‐balling the groups, this one was my pick for “group of death” due in no lit­tle part to Barcelona’s pres­ence along with three other inter­na­tion­al­ly notable clubs. I have to give the nod to Barcelona and Tottenham, though I am minor­ly wor­ried about Tottenham hav­ing the nec­es­sary depth for both the EPL and Champions league. We will see.

Group C

  • Paris Saint‐German
  • Napoli
  • Liverpool
  • Red Star Belgrade

Congratulations to the Serbian club for mak­ing the Champions league, enjoy fac­ing two of the best clubs in the world and Napoli.

Group D

  • Lokomotiv
  • Porto
  • Schalke
  • Galatasaray

Interestingly the two clubs I know the best in this group are Schalke in the Bundesliga and Galatasaray in Turkey. Porto is a top tier club from Portugal but I do not fol­low that league, and same for Lokomotiv. During my research I find myself lean­ing towards Schalke and Galatasary mak­ing it out, though Porto will make a good chal­lenge.

Group E

  • Bayern Munich
  • Benfica
  • Ajax
  • AEK Athens

Ajax are my pick for the Cinderella run for this year’s Champions cup. They qual­i­fied for it by defeat­ing Dynamo Kyiv 3 – 1 con­vinc­ing­ly. Bayern is Bayern.

Group F

  • Manchester City
  • Shakhtar
  • Lyon
  • Hoffenheim

Manchester City are the cho­sen club by God him­self this year, I am con­vinced. Lyon will come sec­ond in the group though I could see Hoffenheim man­ag­ing it.

Group G

  • Real Madrid
  • Roma
  • CSKA
  • Plzen

Neither the Czech Plzen nor Russia’s CSKA will be able to get past Real Madrid (even with­out Ronaldo and Zidane) and Roma. I am excit­ed to see Roma vs. Real Madrid’s two legs.

Group H

  • Juventus
  • Manchester United
  • Valencia
  • Young Boys

I don’t have faith in Jose, even if he’s still around for this. Man. United isn’t going to get out of this group. However Juventus and Spain’s Valencia will.