When we have an honorable mentions section on this feature, its always a firm indicator that the weekend is going to be a bit of a special one. And a week ahead of the dreaded international break (I know, I know, sorry for mentioning it) we have a few days bristling with top quality action is most welcome.
Serie A joins the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga this weekend in getting their campaign underway, making the five top games of the weekend exceptionally difficult choices. But fear not, if you don’t like the look of one of our selected five ties, there’s plenty more to whet the appetite.
So before the domestic leagues take a brief yet untimely hiatus, why not immerse yourselves in a few games that should be thoroughly engrossing?
As usual, all kick times are Eastern time. Enjoy the games and enjoy your weekend!
Programming note: For viewers in the United States, select games from this weekend’s La Liga, Championship and Serie A games are being shown exclusively on beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espanol and DishWorld. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS, 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.
Burnley vs. Manchester United, Saturday August 30, 7:45AM, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Turf Moor should be the venue where Angel di Maria makes his first ever appearance in English football. Can he inspire United to their first win of the season, or can Burnley raise their game to snatch three points against the Red Devils?
Schalke 04 vs. Bayern Munich, Saturday August, 12:30PM, GolTV
A trip to Schalke represents one of Bayern’s toughest games of the campaign, and we’ll be afforded an early indication of just how good Pep Guardiola’s team are going to be this season by their showing at the Veltins Arena.
After getting their first ever season in the top flight off to a dream start with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad, minnows Eibar travel to the capital to take on Diego Simeone’s Spanish champions. Atleti toiled at Rayo Vallecano in their season opener and will be desperate to make amends in front of their own fans.
Even though box office Mario Balotelli will no longer frequent the San Siro, the progress of the Rossoneri is well worth keeping an eye on. They start life under Pippo Inzaghi with a tricky test against Lazio; the legendary forward will be desperate to get his tenure off to a winning start.
Everton vs. Chelsea
Saturday August 30, 12:30PM, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra
The Toffees face their second consecutive home game against a big hitter as they get set to welcome Jose Mourinho’s men to Goodison Park in the Premier League’s late game on Saturday.
For Roberto Martinez, it’s been a frustrating start to the campaign. Everton have looked a little undercooked in their outings so far, letting slip four vital points in the latter stages of their opening games. But a gritty win against Chelsea in their second home game of last season helped spark a wonderful run and Evertonians will be hoping history repeats itself here.