So, on the brink of another bumper weekend of soccer, we’ve scoured the globe (and the TV guides) to help pick the best five games for you to watch this weekend. So put your feet up and get ready to enjoy two huge local derbies, a guaranteed goal-fest and the return of a world class striker.
All kick off times are Eastern Time
1. Spurs vs Chelsea. Saturday, 7:45am, NBC Sports Network
What a way to kick-start the Premier League weekend.
Andre Villas-Boas’s revamped Tottenham outfit take on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the Saturday’s early kick off. And it’s a classic case of the master taking on the apprentice. Villas-Boas plied his trade under Mourinho at Chelsea, and will be keen to get one over a man who according to the Spurs boss is ‘not my friend’.
It’s a clash between two sides that are considered to be genuine title challengers. Neither side has caught fire quite yet and have been very pragmatic in their opening encounters. But securing an important win over a local rival could be enough to inject some real impetus into either team’s season.
It will be interesting to see if Mourinho goes with Juan Mata in this one after he impressed midweek against Swindon. The Spaniard starred in Chelsea’s 4-2 victory in this fixture last season, but has been told by his boss that he must do more if he is to nail down a starting berth.
Expect this to be a much tighter affair than last year’s thrilling encounter. Both teams like to play on the counter, which could lead to a tactical stalemate early on. But the subtle tactical adaptations made by Villas-Boas and Mourinho should make for fascinating viewing as the game wears on.
2. Swansea vs Arsenal. Saturday, 12:30pm, NBC
The last ten days have been pretty hectic for the Swans. It began with a topsy-turvy 2-2 draw with Liverpool, which was followed up by a magnificent 3-0 win in Valencia. Last weekend, they swept aside Crystal Palace with consummate ease, before a much tinkered-with side fell 3-1 to Birmingham City in the League Cup.
But you can bet they will be right up for their next game, as Arsenal visit the Liberty Stadium in Saturday’s late kick-off. The Gunners have hit top form after a stuttering start, and away from home in particular, they’ve been absolutely fantastic. Wenger’s men have triumphed in their last eleven consecutive away trips.