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EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 8

 EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 8

Does anybody enjoy the international break? Especially after horrendous US and England matches Tuesday, I’m glad to have our beloved EPL back. The 4-star match is, of course, the Liverpool derby, and it’s a bottom-of-the-table 6-pointer to boot! Sorry, West Coasters, you simply have to get up early for that one. The bottom 4 face each other with Wolves hosting West Ham. We get a fun London derby from Craven Cottage, and we see if Villa is ready for Chelsea to visit in the Saturday tea-time featured match. Looks like a great weekend ahead!

****: Must-see. Cancel all other activities. Do not even DVR as even in America you might hear the score!
***: Strong match; worth watching live; DVR a must if you can’t see live
**: Flip through quickly to see the goals, red cards, injuries, and perhaps watch the last 5 minutes + injury time if close
*: Only if you’re a die-hard

Matches shown in chronological order:

Saturday, October 16 (all times EDT)
** Man Utd v West Brom, 10 am, ESPN2/ESPND & espn3.com
It’s pretty clear that whenever given first choice, ESPN will choose Manchester United. Their research has told them Americans would rather tune in to watch a bad game with the most recognizable English name in soccer, over, say, a juicy London derby at Craven Cottage. Rooney still can’t find his form, even against lowly Montenegro.

*** Fulham v Tottenham, 10 am, FS+ & foxsoccer.tv
Spurs did not allow Fulham a goal last year, but Fulham always play better at home.

** Arsenal v Birmingham, 10 am, FSC/FD
(Please note that Fox Soccer Español has changed its name to Fox Deportes, so I will now use FD as the symbol for that channel.) With no 7:45 am match this week, we’re back to 3 simultaneous live matches at 10 am Eastern, meaning those of us who are both out of the house and without foxsoccer.tv subscriptions will have to decide which 2 to record. This is probably the one I’ll skip, though it could end up more entertaining then the derby above.

** Wolverhampton v West Ham, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & 4 pm (delayed) FS+
A sign of things to come for these 2 teams? We have to wait for FS+ to televise the Boro-Leeds match on tape delay before we can get Wolves-Hammers on tape delay! Avram’s team was much improved in the games prior to the break.

** Newcastle v Wigan, 10 am foxsoccer.tv & 8:30 pm (delayed) FSC

* Bolton v Stoke, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & 10:30 am Sunday (delayed) FS+
Fox makes another correct choice on which game to delay all the way til Sunday.

*** Aston Villa v Chelsea, 12:30 pm, FSC/FD
Chelsea lost at Villa Park, 2-1 last year, then got their revenge by pumping in an amazing 7 back at the Bridge. This should be entertaining.

Sunday, October 17
**** Everton v Liverpool, 8:30 am, FS+ & foxsoccer.tv
Kuyt’s serious injury and the loss of Agger just add to Hodgson’s pain, though supporters seem ecstatic at the High Court ruling to oust Hicks & Gillett. Moyes’s team, fortunately back in blue, are on a bit of an upswing, and the tackles will be flying, as always, in this one. The Toffees would have to score 5+ goals, though, for Liverpool to end the weekend rock bottom in the league. Liverpool won both encounters last season without conceding a goal.

** Blackpool v Man City, 11 am, FSC/FD
City needs to win these if they want to challenge seriously for the title.

Monday, October 18
* Blackburn v Sunderland, 3 pm, ESPND & espn3.com
These were both entertaining encounters last season, with 7 goals scored, so perhaps I’ve been too harsh. So enjoy if you’d like.

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21 Responses to EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 8

  1. RIP says:

    Monday’s game is not on ESPN2!! I thought last time this happened it was a one time thing. Ugh!

    • bradjmoore48 says:

      ESPN basically decided that unless a big team was playing on Monday, the ratings don’t justify putting it on TV. When the sublicensing deal with Fox was going on back in August, ESPN didn’t want the Monday games, but were pretty much forced to take them. Since this week is a European week (CL/EL), all the big teams have matches midweek so won’t play on Monday. This will change in December and January when there are no Champion’s League matches, and matches like Arsenal-Chelsea and Manchester City-Everton are Monday night matches.

  2. Looks like Fox Soccer is moving its best matches off of it’s regular channel and onto Plus or .tv.

    Wonder what else they have to show on FS at 8:30 AM EDT on a Sunday?

    • [OPTI] Madschester United says:

      I hate this trend as well. FOX is gambling with its viewers if this continues. I, for one, will DEFINITELY NOT be forced into buying FS+.

      I am very likely to drop all my cable because it is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE and just stick with online (free) streams (including ESPN3 from Comcast) or maybe pay for an annual FSC.TV membership.

      Love Football. Hate FOX!

    • tonyspeed says:

      haha. that’s why i canceled my cable. that very reason.

  3. DaveG says:

    FYI
    If you have an iPhone…www.Veetle.com has free live streaming of FS/FS+/ESPN/GolTV games all weekend
    Never get caught out again ;)
    Also have seen Slingbox in action and it works amazingly well on a Blackberry
    Veetle though is an amazing tool if you are out and about…I spend weekends on the road watching my sons football (reall football…not Throwball) team play and while sitting between games we watch FSC and FS+ and Gol Tv games.

  4. Brickthrower says:

    Saturday I’ll go with Fulham/Tottenham and Villa/Chelsea. Sunday I’ll try and catch both matches, Liverpool/Everton on delay since I sure as hell am not waking up at 8:30. Monday I’ll tune into the repeat of Arsenal/Birmingham on YES network so i can watch it in HD. Also gotta watch Milan and the Barca/Valencia clash. It’ll be a packed few days.

  5. Excellent summary as usual. Looking forward to seeing Sunderland play under the lights on Monday.

  6. Ponzi says:

    It’s 15 bucks a month for FS+. Stop whining and pay up. On any given weekend, say there are 3 matches you’d like to see on FS+. 4 weekends per month – that’s 12 games. That means a train leaving FSC will arrive at FS+ at around 11:30 on Monday.

    Stop buying coffee and doughnuts and watch some footy.

  7. Pat says:

    So, for those of us who have foxsoccer.tv but don’t want to get up at 7:30 to watch the Liverpool – Everton game, is there a way to tape this game and watch it later? I have the cord that hooks it up to my tv, but I don’t think I can record that way. Any ideas or thoughts? The replay doesn’t come on the website until much later that day right?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

  8. brian fishman says:

    The man u bias on us tv is inane, the inter milan vs tottenham champions league match is on fox soccer plus while the man game is on fsc.. How crazy is that??

  9. McQueen says:

    Wife supports Everton. Me? Reds. And we’re in California. Nothing like screaming at TV and chiding spouse at 5:30am.

    Going to be an interesting Sunday afternoon at our house…

  10. muley555 says:

    For Directv viewers they have a free 1 month trial of Fox Soccer Plus valid until Nov 30. I am going to sign-up so I can see the Everton-Liverpool game and then cancel at the end of the month.

    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/sports/foxsoccerplus?footernavtype=-1

    As much as I want to have all the games, one reason I don’t want to pay for Fox Soccer Plus is that I think it should be included in the Directv Sportspack (or maybe a new Soccer Pack with FSC and GolTV). The more people who are willing to pay the $15 a month for one channel the less likely DTV will bundle it with other sports/soccer channels.

  11. SantaClaus says:

    McQueen,
    I hope for your sake that your wife isn’t a Yankee fan too :).

    I think the Aston Villa – Chelsea and Fulham – Spurs matches are the most interesting games on Saturday. The Mersey-side derby is a must-see game at any time but this time around it has the added components of both sides struggling at the bottom and everyone wanting to see if Liverpool’s new ownership has made any difference to the team’s onfield performance. This derby is always a fiesty affair and I expect more of the same this Sunday as well.

  12. Stephen says:

    Fulham vs Spurs is the game to watch on Saturday. If Spurs want to claim a spot in the top 4 this is the type of game they have to win. Being a London derby these encounters are always emotionally charged but Spurs have to play their game to win. It should be fun to watch.

    On Sunday the Merseyside derby is the game to watch. Both sides are in the relegation zone and struggling for form. Despite new ownership at Liverpool I don’t think that will change their fortunes on the field. Everton has the edge but these meetings are very fiesty and form usually goes out the window for this game. The side that loses will have their manager leading the betting to be the first manager in the EPL to be sacked. Interesting one this.

  13. DP3 says:

    “Rooney still can’t find his form, even against lowly Montenegro.”

    Yeah everyone else seemed to score goals…oh wait.

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