The top-class soccer is enjoyably relentless at the moment. Trawling through this weekend’s contests, I had another dilemma on what games to select for our weekly must-watch selection.
So much so, that I’ve included a few honorable mentions this week. Some great games in their own right, and contests that might take your personal fancy!
Three of this week’s five must watch come from the Premier League, which has a host of cracking games this weekend. We also have a huge derby from Catalonia and the two biggest teams in Greece going head-to-head.
As per usual, all kick off times are Eastern Time.
Watford vs Leicester City, Saturday 2nd November, 7:15am ET – An early start, but if it’s half as good as that playoff semi-final last season, this will be a marvelous encounter. (Available live on beIN SPORT Play).
Newcastle United vs Chelsea, Saturday 2nd November, 8:45am – Alan Pardew desperately needs a win, but Chelsea are starting to build up a head of steam under Jose Mourinho. (Available live on NBCSN).
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid, Saturday 2nd November, 3pm – The lesser known of the Madrid derbies. Real banged in seven goals midweek, but Rayo’s supporters will create an intimidating atmosphere for their more illustrious opponents. (Available live on beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld).
San Lorenzo vs Boca Juniors, Sunday 3rd November, 5:15pm – A top of the table clash in the Argentinian league. Expect some marvelous supporter murals. (Available live on GolTV).
Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers, Sunday 3rd November, 10pm – The first of a two-legged tie in the MLS playoffs. Seattle will be hoping for a big performance from Clint Dempsey, who has netted just once since his move from Fulham. (Available live on NBCSN).
Now for the top five games of the weekend:
The first of our choices will see the Camp Nou host the Derbi Barcelona. Whilst the two sides are obviously in different classes on the pitch, the contests between the two are always well worth a watch.
Espanyol haven’t triumphed over their City rivals since the 2008/09 season when they won 2-1 at the Nou Camp. Five years on and they will be hoping to do the same again, but it looks unlikely given the recent form of La Blaugrana.