With Europa league continuing, plus FA Cup delayed fixtures and the long-awaited Chelsea v. Man United midweek match, we get 15 matches this week involving EPL teams. Only Spurs sit back and relax this week as the Gunners’ visit to White Hart Lane, to have been the featured ESPN2 match, is postponed as Wenger tries to lift a trophy Sunday at Wembley.
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:
Thursday, February 24 (all times EST)
Liverpool v. Sparta
Prague (nil-nil), Europa League leg 2, 5 pm (delayed from 1pm) GolTV
Man City v. Aris
Salonika (nil-nil), Europa League leg 2, 3:05 pm, [can’t find any listings]
Not the most scintillating first legs, but the English sides should be favored to advance with home matches.
Saturday, February 26
Wigan v. Man Utd, 10 am, FSC/FD [Clattenburg]
Surely this is 3 points for the visitors, with their designated referee to boot.
Everton v. Sunderland, 10 am, FS+; foxsoccer.tv [Attwell]
Only 7 points separate these teams, but Sunderland still have an eye towards Europe, while Everton are not yet out of the relegation battle.
Aston Villa v. Blackburn, 10am, foxsoccer.tv & noon (delayed) FSC/FD [Atkinson]
There are certainly 4 worse sides than Villa, but they’ve been dragged down into the muck, and need to win matches like this one!
Wolverhampton v. Blackpool, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & noon (delayed) FS+ [Swarbrick]
2nd premier league start for Swarbrick who has yet to see a goal or call a penalty. This one should be entertaining!
Newcastle v. Bolton, 10 am, foxsoccer.tv & 5 pm (delayed) FSC/FD [Foy]
Sunday, February 27
West Ham v. Liverpool, 8:30 am, FSC/FD [Halsey]
The Hammers thought they would be playing a couple of hours later at Wembley Sunday, but they blew a big lead at Birmingham. Now they need points any way they can get them. Ba & Hitz have looked good in their first matches.
Man City v. Fulham, 10 am, ESPN2/ESPND & espn3.com [Walton]
After losing the Saturday 7:45 am North London derby to the Carling Cup final, ESPN2 gets a rare Sunday 10 am kickoff, and I expect a strong match. Fulham have not been particularly good this season but they have had entertaining matches and this will certainly be one Mark Hughes will want to win on his return to Eastlands.