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.