EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 15

spurs vedran corluka battles with Liverpool's Ryan Babbel F.A. Barclaycard Premiership. Spurs v Liverpool. 16.08.09 Pic By Karl Winter Fotosports International

Hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving. Too bad there’s no real football on Turkey Day.

Not sure why, but fewer delayed matches this week means we only get 8 of the 10 for the first time this season on broadcast television (all 10 of course available if you have espn3.comfoxsoccer.tv). Based on the resurgence of Liverpool and the extraordinary matches Spurs have played this year, I’m going to give all 4 stars to the final match of the week at White Hart Lane Sunday. Villa v Arsenal should also be entertaining in the first match early Saturday morning. And look at the bottom for an 11th must-see match to watch!

****:  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 27 (all times EST)
*** Aston Villa Arsenal, 7:45 am, ESPN2/ESPND & espn3.com
Arsenal are a topsy-turvy team this year, sometimes looking like world beaters, and then in last week’s 2nd half and in their mid-week Champions League match, looking very very ordinary.  Villa didn’t score against the Gunners last year.

** Man Utd Blackburn, 10 am, FSC/FD
They’re going to find a way to win it after all, right?

*** Stoke Man City, 10 am, FS+ & foxsoccer.tv
If Man City ever turns the offensive jets on, watch out.  They’re just 3 points off the leaders.

** Fulham Birmingham, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & noon (delayed) FSC
Two teams declining quickly.

* West Ham Wigan, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & 5 pm (delayed) FSC/FD
Do I have to give this match a star?   Say goodbye, Avram.

** Everton West Brom, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & 6 pm (delayed) FS+
The Baggies are sliding down incredibly quickly.

*** Bolton Blackpool, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv
Well, this is Fox’s first real scheduling mistake of the season.  I suppose there are very few USA based fans of these two sides, but those of us without foxsoccer.tv are going to miss an attractive football match.  Bolton are playing better than even Spurs right now.

* Wolverhampton Sunderland, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv
This one probably fine to skip.

Sunday, November 28

** Newcastle Chelsea, 8:30 am, FS+ & foxsoccer.tv
Chelsea need to win these types of matches to stay level with United.

**** Tottenham Liverpool, 11 am, FSC/FD
This becomes an important match.  Liverpool want back what they feel is rightfully theirs.  (CL football.)  Spurs advanced easily to the final 16 and may very well win the group to avoid Barcelona and Madrid in the next round.

Monday, November 29
***** Barcelona Real Madrid, ESPND & espn3.com
Speaking of which…  Yes, you read the stars right.  The only 5-star match of the season!  Barcelona in all their glory and passing, with all of the World Cup heroes, against Cristiano and the Special One.  I still haven’t seen whether ESPN2 is going to carry this match, but they should.  Otherwise, watch or record ESPN Deportes, or find a way to hook up espn3.com, because this could be a great one.  Yes, they are very upset in Spain about this match moving to Monday night (Catalonian elections Sunday), but I saw both Madrid & Barca play mid-week, and they both looked absolutely terrific.  With Barca we get the best of Brazil (two attacking full backs that play more like attacking wingers than English style full backs), Spain (Xavi & Iniesta on the ball are just incredible) and Argentina (Messi).  Madrid is playing amazing soccer too, and it would be shocking if Jose doesn’t have something up his sleeve for this match (witness the two late red cards for time-wasting in their penultimate group stage match; cheeky).  You simply cannot miss el clásico!

15 thoughts on “EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 15”

  1. ESPN2 can’t air Barcelona-Real Madrid because GolTV has exclusive English-language TV rights. So it will be on GolTV, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com.

  2. I’m kinda wondering why ESPN hasn’t tried to buy GolTV and rebrand it as their own soccer channel. The own the US rights to LaLiga and the Bundesliga, let alone the other south american leagues and the Europa league.

    They could still partner with Fox and offer champs leagues games not shown on their networks and other EPL since Fox owns all the rights for those.

  3. As a Liverpool fan I worry we could be in for a spanking if Roy goes for his normal away tactics. If Stoke can destroy us, god help us against a team with the attacking intent of Spurs.

  4. Aston Villa vs Arsenal looks like it could be a good game to watch. The Villa youngsters are playing well and with the game being played at Villa Park I can see them giving Arsenal a tough game. The key to Villa winning is the play of Ashley Young while Samir Nasri is the key for Arsenal. I’m looking forward to an exciting game and it will help that’s it’s on ESPN2 HD. I’m going for a draw on this one.

    I cannot see Liverpool getting anything from White Hart Lane against the Spurs. I don’t rate Hodgson highly and giving his abysmal away record with both Fulham and Liverpool I can see Spurs winning easily. Even after playing in midweek in the CL Spurs have too much talent at their disposal and they play attacking soccer which is why they will win easily against a Liverpool side that has been poor for most of the season. And Liverpool play boring, uninspired soccer. Spurs will show why Liverpool no longer belong being talked of as part of the Big Four.

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