In my household, Sunday’s have always been synonymous with soccer. For me, the ideal weekend would be to watch my team win on the Saturday before settling in for a full day of soccer on the Sunday. That includes highlights from the games the day before early in the morning, previews for the games ahead that day and then the matches themselves.
When there are no games to watch on a Sunday (I’m looking at you international breaks), there’s a void to fill in the day. It dampens the weekend, as I find myself indulging in tennis, rugby or cricket to help get my sporting fix. But it just isn’t the same, is it?
This weekend, that’s not something you need to worry about, though. Four of our five selections this week are Sunday games that provide a full day of soccer spanning roughly ten hours in total. Magnificent.
So, for your viewing pleasure this week, we have a crucial game in the Bundesliga on Saturday and a proverbial relegation six-pointer in England’s top-flight to kick us off on Sunday morning.
Then, attention switches to the very top of the table in England and Spain, where one game from the Premier League then two from La Liga round us off; all three should play a major part in determining the destination of the title in the respective divisions.
All kick-off times are Eastern Time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Saturday, 12:30PM, GolTV
Where has it all gone wrong for Bayer Leverkusen? At the start of the calendar year they were comfortable in second place, in the knockout stages of the Champions League and things seemed to be going in the right direction under boss Sami Hyypia.
But a disastrous run of form in 2014 has seen Bayer falter, Hyypia sacked and now they’re in a battle to secure their Champions League status for next season. Wolfsburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach are hot on their heels, so it’s vital that Leverkusen keep picking up points as the season draws in.
They go to Dortmund in this weekend’s Bundesliga showpiece and although Jurgen Klopp’s men have been a little generous at the Westfalenstadion during this campaign, they seem to be finding their feet again as of late. German forward Marco Reus in particular has been in scintillating form in Borussia’s last few contests and Leverkusen will do well to stop him making an impact.