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?