Do you have plans this weekend? You might want to think about canceling them.
It was difficult to pick just five games this week’s ‘must watch’ selection, as the fixture computers from across the globe have churned out a succession of top class contests.
In the two main events, we will get to see arguably the best two sides in both England and Spain go head-to-head. Those epic contests will be ably supported by two huge derby games and a top of the table clash in Portugal.
Cancelled those plans yet? I bet you will have done after reading this line-up of games…
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FC Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund – Saturday 26th October, 9:30am, GolTV
The Ruhr derby will be played out on Saturday against two sides who have had contrasting starts to the campaign.
Schalke have been massively inconsistent and sit fifth in the Bundesliga standings. Chelsea cruised to an easy victory in midweek at the Veltins arena, but the Die Knappen have got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga as of late.
They have won their last three domestic games and will have to be at their absolute best if they are to get a result against Borussia Dortmund. Die Borussen put in a superb performance away at Arsenal in the Champions League, and a similar showing of clinical, incisive soccer should see them have too much for Schalke here.
Schalke actually came out on top in this fixture last season, and the atmosphere for the Revierderby often gives major impetus to the home side. It should be a cracking contest between two teams that will be looking to win.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid – Saturday 26th October, Noon, beIN SPORT and DishWorld
El Clasico is always special. Barca vs Real. Catalonia vs Castile. One ideology against another.
Real Madrid are back on the coattails of the league leaders after La Blaugrana and Atletico both dropped points in their first games after the international break. A win at the Nou Camp would thrust them right back into the title picture.
Naturally, the talk going into these huge occasions usually centre around Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But ahead of this one, some of the focus has been distributed to two other players who will be making their debut in this fixture: Gareth Bale and Neymar.
Both look set to start, and a strong contribution in a winning performance from either player could kick-start their respective careers in Spain.
Coaches Carlo Ancelotti and Tata Martino will also get their first taste of the Clasico. Their respective philosophies – along with the aforementioned new faces – should bring a freshness to a fixture that is always an intriguing spectacle.
Programming note: For viewers in the United States, Barcelona vs Real Madrid is being shown exclusively on beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld. The pre-match programming begins at 11am ET Saturday, with kick-off at Noon ET. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORT, you can access those channels via online streaming service DishWorld for $10/month. Read our review of DishWorld. And sign up for DishWorld via their website.