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Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Man City vs Sunderland & Everton vs Crystal Palace: Open Thread

soccer on tv Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Man City vs Sunderland & Everton vs Crystal Palace: Open Thread

It’s another chock-a-block day of world soccer today with three big games in Europe featuring el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona to decide who will win the 2014 Copa del Rey trophy.

Plus there are two matches in the Premier League where we have battles at the top and bottom of the league. Manchester City must beat Sunderland today to have any hope of trying to win the Premier League title. Bottom placed Sunderland, meanwhile, will be hoping to get something out of this match as it’s one of their vital games in hand.

Meanwhile, Everton will leapfrog over Arsenal back into fourth place with a win tonight. But Palace need a win to guarantee a place in the Premier League next season. Woof!

Here is today’s TV/Internet schedule for matches being shown in the US:

Manchester City vs Sunderland, 2:45pm, NBCSN
Everton vs Crystal Palace, 2:45pm, Premier League Extra Time
Barcelona vs Real Madrid (Copa del Rey final), 3pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN

Starting line-ups:

Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Bartra, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Messi and Fàbregas

Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Coentrao, Modric, Xabi, Di Maria, Isco, Bale and Benzema

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Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Kolarov, Milner, Garcia, Fernandinho, Nasri, Aguero, Negredo

Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Clichy, Rodwell, Dzeko, Jovetic

Sunderland: Mannone, Vergini, Alonso, Brown, O’Shea (c), Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Borini, Wickham.

Subs: Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Scocco, Mavrias, Agnew, Ustari.

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Everton: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines; Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Deulofeu, McGeady; Lukaku

Subs: Joel, Hibbert, Naismith, McCarthy, Osman, Garbutt, Alcaraz

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Delaney, Dann, Ward, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome

Subs: Hennessey, Parr, McCarthy, Ince, O’Keefe, Gayle, Murray

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Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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69 Responses to Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Man City vs Sunderland & Everton vs Crystal Palace: Open Thread

  1. Flyvanescence says:

    Ian and Macca i cant bloody wait

  2. Borussia DortMan says:

    Also for those interested don’t forget the DFB Pokal Semi final between Bayern-Kaiserslautern on ESPN3 at 2:30 ET.

    Should be a fantastic afternoon.

    • R.O says:

      THANK YOU!!:-)

      Yesterday Dortmund won their Semi and are going to the Finals. BUT now report on that game or mention here on WST. Dortmund won their league game on Saturday vs Bayern in Munich and while it doesn’t impact the standing as Bayern are already Bundesliga Champions, the way Bayern lost by being dominated by BVB does play a role in the CL game between FCB and RM. RM will be taking a close look at the tactics BVB used. yet no mention or story on that here on WST.

      Wonder why? (hint: WST not a fan of german football and the bundesliga???)

      • Christopher Harris says:

        We love German football but we haven’t been able to find any writers in the US who follow the league who are available on write on a regular basis for us. If anyone knows one, please e-mail me at thegaffer[at]worldsoccertalk[dot]com.

  3. Christopher Harris says:

    Yet another awful defensive mistake by Sunderland this season to give Manchester City the 1-0 lead.

  4. Flyvanescence says:

    Again we are seeing the flaws in City’s 4-4-2 setup. Sunderland dominating since the early goal from a defensive error.

    Oh, and Javi Garcia is useless.

  5. Iancransonsknees says:

    Amusing that the Arsenal wankers will be cheering on a Pulis side tonight.

    Surely the Islington Purists should want Everton and Martinez (who they’d feel comfortabley cosmopolitan) to win regardless, as he plays football ‘the right way’.

  6. Ianor says:

    Watching sky’s coverage for the final. Great build -up. Can’t wait the biggest game on the earth.

  7. Ianor says:

    Kevin keatings and terry gibson for sky’s commentry.

  8. Burnsey says:

    On the Barca game,,is the sound commentary ahead of the game? Sounds like Macca has a sore throat as well.

    • San Fransiscan says:

      Yup, sadly they’re not even trying to correct that.

    • Flyvanescence says:

      Good call on the sore throat. He sounds like when he lost his voice after agueros goal v qpr a couple seasons ago.

      • Burnsey says:

        If the commentator has a bad voice, get someone else. Why must we suffer that. How can ESPN not pick up that the commentary is out of sync. Just goes to show how good NBC are.

        • Jeff says:

          NBC had well publicised (on this website and others) commentary syncing issues on their first day of EPL coverage

  9. Flyvanescence says:

    Has Iniesta been takin lessons from Neymar? Been fancying a dive lately.

  10. jtm371 says:

    Matt Jones is living a Yellow nightmare.

  11. Burnsey says:

    Now Darke gives the Everton score. why? He knows people tape games. When ESPN had the EPL, he always warned viewers when he was giving scores of other games.

  12. jtm371 says:

    TP manager of the year for the BPL.

  13. Christopher Harris says:

    Real Madrid has Barcelona’s number so far. Defending with two banks of four, and then breaking on the counter at lightning speed. Madrid should be 2-0 or 3-0 up by this point.

  14. Christopher Harris says:

    It’s looking like Manchester City will lose their chance to take advantage of a game in hand to put pressure on Liverpool for the title, while Crystal Palace look superb against Everton — just 10 minutes away from Premier League safety.

  15. jtm371 says:

    What a great run from CW great finish.

  16. Flyvanescence says:

    Pellegrini OUT

    • john thomas says:

      1 point from Sunderland in league his year, FA cup elimination at hands of Wigan, 0 points against Jose, mathematical mistake about goal difference in Munich, repeating bringing Rodwell on when team needs a goal. When will Vieira be ready?

  17. jtm371 says:

    Can only imagine what the Palace/Sunderland double would bring at the betting window.

    • jtm371 says:

      Okay so VM screwed that up but i would like to cash that Palace ticket.

      There is a perfect example why the EPL is the best League in the world.Those two matches are running circles around the Barca/RM match.

  18. Ianor says:

    Oh dear! Liverbool vs chelsea less than two weeks. The giggest game of the season. Surely the decider. City down and out with out no doubt.

    • Rob says:

      Cracks me up that people still take games for granted against lower sides, Sunderland get a point away to City, Norwich, Palace, Cardiff, can do it against Liverpool and Chelsea.

      • scrumper says:

        Just goes to show how scrapping for survival is much more intense for a team languishing in the relegation area than teams with a sense of entitlement at the top.

  19. goisles01 says:

    Liverpool better take note of these results and prepare for these bottom table sides accordingly. Palace look increasingly dangerous.

  20. KapUSMC says:

    Wow, that was an amazing effort by Bale.

  21. jtm371 says:

    Bale just paid off his transfer fee what a great run.Somewhere Dust is crying!

  22. Paul says:

    Liverpool now favourites with the bookies, with City dropping to 3rd. Can afford to draw with Chelsea now at Anfield so long as they beat Norwich, Palace and Newcastle. Norwich or Newcastle I’m not so worried about but Palace could prove to be a tricky one.

    • goisles01 says:

      Agree Paul. Palace is in Giant Killer mode.

    • Rob says:

      As Gerrard said, treat everyone the same, worry about them all, I’m hoping that City’s result today will make sure Liverpool go into the Norwich, Palace, and Newcastle games focused.

      • goisles01 says:

        Liverpool did not get where they are by taking the lesser sides lightly and I don’t see why they would do it now. If anything Liverpool succumbing to the pressure would lose them the title but I don’t see that happening either. So now that City is out of the picture right now, if Liverpool beats Norwich and Chelsea comes to Anfield and plays for a draw, that would be cowardly. Don’t put it in the hands of other clubs. If you want it come and take it and ONLY then would it be in Chelsea’s hands

  23. Flyvanescence says:

    Wow bale holy qrappe

  24. john thomas says:

    I say Vieira should replace Pelligrini at City, doing great with their EDS. Roy Keane to replace Moyes at United (Ireland aren’t even in WC). Know that is a managerial rivalry I would like to see.

    • Flyvanescence says:

      ^^^^ Pure brilliance that!

      Nt sure viera is ready for the hot seat just yet but would love to see it in a couple years

  25. Bo says:

    Oh gosh I miss Bale! Neymar should have scored that last chance.

  26. Burnsey says:

    If Chelsea win all their games they win the title.

  27. goisles01 says:

    Arsenal’s weak schedule + Everton still has to play City = Arsenal for Europe. What a HUGE loss for Everton and I was rooting for them.

    • Burnsey says:

      Told you all after the Arsenal win that Everton would finish behind Arsenal for 4th. Where was the genius Martinez tonight?

  28. Ianor says:

    Its now in jose’s hands if he wins his remaining four games which reads: sunderland,liverbool,norwich,cardiff. It’s his tittle. How things can change so quickly?

    • Rob says:

      Let’s hope he coaches like he did against Villa, Stoke and WBA

    • goisles01 says:

      by definition he has to be in front to have it in his hands. Its in Rodgers hands now.

    • goisles01 says:

      Also the most important player on that pitch at Anfield will be Peter Cech. Liverpool has consistently taken apart the top keepers. Hart, check. Szczęsny, check. Howard, check. Lloris, check. Begovic, check. Krul, check. DeGea,check. It’s Cech’s turn on deck.

  29. Burnsey says:

    Today’s says where ESPN are with soccer. they cut short the trophy presentation from the Barca v Real final to go to PTI. They should have that contact revoked. As bad as the commentary is on BEIN, at least they are committed to the Spanish league.

    • Bo says:

      and then they showed the rest of the presentation on ESPN 2 and talked about it for 20 mins.

      • Burnsey says:

        Why switch channels…put PTI on 2…..I must have missed the announcement because I had to mute it so Darke didn’t give the final EPL scores. tell Darke to submit his application to NBC if the EPL is where his heart is!

        • Jeff says:

          There wasn’t any announcement about the switching of channels so can understand your confusion.

          They changed channels because PTI generally gets and would get a truckload more viewers than live soccer

  30. goatslookshifty says:

    Conner Wickham’s last goal (running 60 yards to score) exemplifies why Jozy Altidore is no longer in the team. Good on the young lad to get in the right positions to score both those goals.

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