EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 11 and 12

May 02, 2010 - Liverpool, Merseyside, Liverpool, United Kingdom - epa02140359 Liverpool's Daniel Agger (L) is challenged by Chelsea's Salomon Kalou (C) as Liverpool's Jamie Carragher (R) looks on during the Barclays Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on Merseyside in north west England, Britain, 02 May 2010.

We have our first mid-week contests coming up, so I think the approach I’m going to take this season is to list all 20 matches for the week ahead, rather than 2 separate guides, so take a deep breath, and here goes.

If there is one match all year I would give 5 stars to, I think it would be the Manchester derby.  Last year we were treated to four of these, and they were simply extraordinary!!  I certainly hope Tevez is back and healthy.  City may miss Bellamy’s heroics, though Michael Owen got the late winner as the clock ticked on and on.  ESPN2 will be carrying this amazing match.  The Liverpool v Chelsea encounter on Sunday still earns my fourth star for this weekend, for historical reasons.

****:  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, November 6 (final day of EDT)

*** BoltonTottenham, 8:45 am, ESPN2/ESPND, espn3.com
The third star is for Bale, as there is no better player in the world to watch right now!!  What a win for Spurs on Tuesday night.

*** FulhamAston Villa, 11 am, FS+ & foxsoccer.tv
Americans are seeing the continued emergence of Clint Dempsey as a bona fide EPL star.

** Man UtdWolverhampton, 11 am, FSC/FD
Wolves did not manage a goal against United last year, though they looked terrific against City last week.

* SunderlandStoke, 11 am, foxsoccer.tv & 1 pm (delayed) FSC
* BirminghamWest Ham, 11 am, foxsoccer.tv & 1 pm (delayed) FD
** BlackpoolEverton, 11 am, foxsoccer.tv & 5 pm (delayed) FS+
* BlackburnWigan, 11 am, foxsoccer.tv & Sunday 10:30 am (delayed) FS+

Sunday, November 7 (all times EST)
*** ArsenalNewcastle, 8:30 am, FS+ & foxsoccer.tv
This should be a fun one.  Tough loss for Arsenal mid-week; Newcastle couldn’t have dreamed of a better scenario than what they did to rivals Sunderland.

*** West BromMan City, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & 5 pm (delayed) FSC/FD
Terrific top-of-the-table clash, though the sides spend a bit differently.

**** LiverpoolChelsea, 11 am, FSC/FD
Liverpool is only 5 points out away from a Champions League spot!  There was a time when this fixture came too frequently.  Liverpool was blanked by identical 2-nil margins in last year’s matches.  Chelsea are still the team to beat.

Tuesday, November 9
* StokeBirmingham, 2:45 pm, ESPND & espn3.com
** TottenhamSunderland, 3 pm, FSC/FD

Wednesday, November 10
*** ChelseaFulham, 2:45 pm, FSC/FD
** WiganLiverpool, 2:45 pm, FS+ & foxsoccer.tv
** NewcastleBlackburn, 2:45 pm, foxsoccer.tv & 5 pm (delayed) FSC
* West HamWest Brom, 2:45 pm, foxsoccer.tv & 5 pm (delayed) FS+

** Aston Villa
Blackpool, 2:45 pm, ESPN3.com
I can’t find any delayed offerings of this match on television.  FSC & FS+ have lots of FA Cup Round 1 matches to show, and still seem to prefer to show “classic” matches over 1-day delayed EPL matches.  I still think they should show matches like this one at 2 in the morning.

**** Man CityMan Utd, 3 pm, ESPN2/ESPND & espn3.com
The big one, and terrific that we should have Ian Darke live on site for this one.  Hearing that Tevez should be fit and back.  What a derby!

** EvertonBolton, 3 pm, ESPN3.com

*** WolverhamptonArsenal, 3 pm, ESPN3.com

15 thoughts on “EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 11 and 12”

  1. Liverpool v Chelsea, 11 am, FSC/FD
    “There was a time when this fixture came too frequently.”

    I don’t understand what you mean by this. Please explain.

    1. A couple of seasons ago, it seemed that Liverpool were playing Chelsea every few weeks either in the Champions League, Premier League or domestic cup tournaments. David is traveling this week, but I believe that’s what he meant.

      The Gaffer

      1. You obviously don’t remember 08 09. the 3-1 at anfield and the 4-4 at Stamford Bridge which has been called one of the best chmpions league games in recent times

  2. Gonna have to watch the Manchester Derby on dvr later because ESPN continue to report the scores of other matches going on at the same time! I wish they’d stop that!

    1. Nice catch, James. I’ll check espn.com next time; at least it makes a bit more sense now why FSC is not showing the Arsenal match. (I’m happy as a West Ham fan.) But espn is apparently going to continue to show matches on espn3.com only and never broadcast them.

  3. Why the F did Fox contract so many Wednesday games to ESPN? Makes it hard to justify paying for Foxsoccer.tv if they are only going to show two of the eight games on their service while the ESPN gets four of the eight games (with three only shown on ESPN3).

  4. Today FC United of Manchester plays Rochdale in the 1st round proper of the FA Cup on Plus. Looking forward to this cup tie since I listento a lot of their matchs via their wedsite.

  5. I hate ESPN for doing that.

    Last weekend, I made the mistake of watching the Chelsey game live on ESPN instead of recording it and watching the FSC game first. Huge mistake! The ESPN announcers reported every goal in concurrent games and, just in case we viewers missed that, ESPN put up on-screen graphics to also report scores. I spent the entire game with the remote in my hand so I could quickly mute the announcers before I heard the scores and zoom out when ESPN put up score graphics. Horrid viewing experience. Never again. Will now always record the ESPN concurrent game and watch it last after I’ve viewed all the FSC games that day.

    Thankfully, FSC doesn’t endeavor to ruin games for us: no announcers reporting goals and no on-screen graphics. I guess ESPN doesn’t care that viewers also watch games not on their network.

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