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EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 9

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United return to Stamford Bridge to take on the league’s top scorer Eden Hazard (7 goals) and Chelsea this Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. Chelsea remain one of three unbeaten teams with 20 points after coming off a 3-0 win at Southampton, while Manchester United come off a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind win over Newcastle. Derek Rae calls the match on NBCSN, joined by analyst, and England Women’s National Team manager, Phil Neville. Coverage ahead of the match begins at 6:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Mornings. West Ham ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for September 25-October 7, 2018

The latest edition of the Mexican Súper Clásico featuring the nation’s two largest clubs Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América drew 1.677 million viewers on the evening of Sunday, September 30. It ranks as the fifth most-watched club football match in the United States in 2018 with the two clubs’ meeting in March on top at 2.485 million viewers. The match was also down nearly 13% from both the 2016 and 2017 Apertura meetings between the clubs. Univision is seeing great success with their coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Viewership of the group stage en Español is up 84% ... Read more

Top 5 must-see soccer games on US TV this weekend

We’ve now broken the back of the international break and there’s elite domestic football from Europe to look forward to again. There’s high-class action across the continent, with rivalries old and new to be resumed in England, Germany, Spain and Italy. Typically, after these hiatuses, the games are enthralling and the results are surprising. All kick-offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!   Chelsea vs. Manchester United Saturday, October 20, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, fuboTV, Sling Blue and PlayStation Vue (free trial) The first showcase match of the weekend may well be the most important, ... Read more

Fanatiz adds Roku app to get best out of Latin American soccer

When it comes to watching the best of Latin American soccer in the United States, Fanatiz is building an impressive portfolio of streaming rights to games from all over South America including the Copa Libertadores, Superliga Argentina, Copa Sudamericana, Copa Argentina, Copa Chile and Chilean league. The latest development from the US-based streaming company is the addition of their app to the Roku, making it easier than ever before to watch your favorite clubs with a free trial to Fanatiz. The Fanatiz Roku app allows you to watch soccer games both live and on-demand. SEE MORE: Interview with Fanatiz CEO ... Read more

Barca victory tarnished as injured Messi set to miss three weeks

Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi is expected to be out for three weeks with a fractured right arm but his last contribution was to help send Barcelona back to the top of La Liga on Saturday. Messi scored and then went off injured as Barca beat Sevilla 4-2 at Camp Nou, in a six-goal thriller that never looked like ending in anything other than a home win. Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by Messi’s injury, which will now rule him out of next weekend’s Clasico against Real Madrid. A Barcelona club statement read: “Tests carried ... Read more

Messi to miss three weeks after fracturing right arm

Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi is expected to be out for three weeks after fracturing his right arm during Barcelona’s win over Sevilla on Saturday. Messi will now miss Barca’s Champions League game at home to Inter Milan on Wednesday, as well as the season’s first Clasico four days later against Real Madrid. A Barcelona club statement read: “Tests carried out on Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks.” It means Messi is also set to sit out a La Liga trip ... Read more

Messi suffers arm injury as Barca put four past Sevilla

Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi scored and then went off injured as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 on Saturday to move back to the top of La Liga. Messi had to be substituted in the 26th minute at the Camp Nou after falling awkwardly on his right arm, but not before the Argentinian had doubled Barca’s lead with a curling left-footed finish. Barcelona now face an anxious wait, with the Clasico against Real Madrid fast-approaching next weekend. Philippe Coutinho had opened the scoring and Luis Suarez’s penalty, which he also earned, made sure of victory before a three-goal flurry in the ... Read more

Klopp happy to win ‘average’ matches at last

Huddersfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp suggested he had found a way to win “average matches” for the first time in his managerial career after Liverpool eked out an unconvincing 1-0 Premier League victory at Huddersfield. This result ensured Liverpool finished Saturday level on points with leaders Manchester City after Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal, his 50th in English club football, proved enough to defeat their struggling opponents. Liverpool laboured through the match, while Huddersfield, without a goal in five home league matches this season, were unlucky not to gain a point. Jonathan Hogg hit the post with a 25-yard ... Read more

Henry suffers defeat on Monaco return, PSG seal perfect 10

Paris (AFP) – Thierry Henry suffered defeat in his first match as a head coach when his 10-man Monaco side slumped to a 2-1 loss at Strasbourg on Saturday to drop into the Ligue 1 relegation zone, while Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 10th straight victory to start their title defence. The principality club have failed to win in 11 games in all competitions since the opening weekend of the French top-flight season, and are only above bottom team Guingamp on goal difference. Monaco, who were runners-up to PSG last season, are now 24 points adrift of the reigning champions ... Read more

Goal in 18 seconds helps Derby keep Sheffield United off top spot

London (AFP) – Derby County beat Sheffield United 2-1 to deny the visitors’ top spot in English football’s second-tier Championship on Saturday. Jack Marriott helped create the Rams’ first goal just seconds into the match before scoring Derby’s second himself with Chris Basham’s reply for the Blades insufficient to extend their four-game winning-streak in the league. Middlesbrough had moved to the summit of the table with a 2-1 win away to United’s local rivals, Sheffield Wednesday on Friday. But the Blades knew they would regain top spot if they avoided defeat against Derby. Instead they remained second, albeit on goal ... Read more

Messi suffers arm injury ahead of clash with Real Madrid

Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona face an anxious wait on Lionel Messi’s fitness ahead of next weekend’s Clasico after the striker injured his arm against Sevilla on Saturday.   Messi had his right arm strapped at the Camp Nou after he had tried to cushion a fall but was unable to continue and had to replaced in the 26th minute by Ousmane Dembele. He had already scored, making it 2-0 with a crisp left-footed finish, to add to a stunning opener from Philippe Coutinho. Barca will hope the injury to their star player is not serious, particularly with a handful of ... Read more

Bayern ‘pulled together’ to end winless run after bosses’ fury

Wolfsburg (Germany) (AFP) – Joshua Kimmich says Bayern Munich proved they can “pull together” by ending their winless streak with a 3-1 victory at Wolfsburg, the day after senior club bosses launched a ferocious attack on the German media. Robert Lewandowski scored twice on Saturday as Bayern earned their first win in five matches, despite finishing with ten men after Arjen Robben was sent off for a second booking. After consecutive league defeats, Bayern jumped from sixth to third in the table on Saturday, four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who romped to a 4-0 victory at Stuttgart. Bayern’s win ... Read more