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.

Published by Trick Jarrett

Sounders fan. Spurs fan. Reign fan. Barcelona fan. Soccer fan.

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