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EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 27

I did give 4 stars to all of last Saturday’s matches, didn’t I?  Oh well, it was a brutally cold, horribly rainy day in NYC on Saturday, and one of the few where I was able to sit back and watch most of them.  What a day!!!  Gameweek 27 is also shaping up to be an exciting one, leading off with the 2nd Manchester derby.  Please note that Fox has trumped ESPN for this one, so the early Saturday match will be on FSC, with ESPN resigned to watching the ruffians of the league face Wolves at 10 am.  We also have a fun London derby in the Monday Night Football ESPN match, and then two of the matches involving EPL teams I’ve been salivating over:  Spurs visit to Serie A leaders Milan on Tuesday, and Barcelona’s return to the Emirates on Wednesday!  That’s 3 4-star matches this week!!

****:  Must-see.  Cancel all other activities.  Do not even DVR as even in America you might hear the score!
:  Strong match; worth watching live; DVR a must if you can’t see live
**:   Flip through quickly to see the goals, red cards, injuries, and perhaps watch the last 5 minutes + injury time if close
*:    Only if you’re a die-hard

Matches shown in chronological order:

Saturday, February 12 (all times EST)

**** Man UtdMan City, 7:45 am, FSC/FD [Marriner]
Well, City most certainly did not go for it in the home derby, but they have to this time, don’t they?  As a neutral, would be terrific for the league to see Tevez explode for more goals.  Marriner gets this big derby after Chelsea-Liverpool; the league has its favorites.
*** ArsenalWolverhampton, 10 am, ESPN2/ESPND & [Foy]
Wolves have been giant killers, of course, but pretty much exclusively at the Molineux.  The crowd will get restless at the Emirates if the Gunners don’t get (and hold!!) a big lead.
** LiverpoolWigan, 10 am, FSC/FD [Friend]
Kenny’s side simply don’t allow goals!  >6 hours since they’ve conceded in the league.  Will they be heading back to Europe after all?  This should be a cakewalk…
** BlackburnNewcastle, 10 am, FS+ & [Attwell]
Magpies should be on a high from the amazing comeback, but they (and Rovers) are only 5 points above the drop zone.  The league is wide open, and these become important matches with only 12 to play.
* BirminghamStoke, 10 am, & 2:30 pm (delayed) FS+ [Halsey]

*** BlackpoolAston Villa, 10 am, & 4:30 pm (delayed) FS+ [Webb]
Tangerines dropping quickly; still would like to see Michael Bradley.
* West BromWest Ham, 10 am, only [Mason]
Two awful teams, one manager who’s still there for unfathomable reasons, and the league’s worst referee!  No wonder Fox chose to give us no options to watch on tv!  On the ‘net if you must…
*** SunderlandTottenham, 12:30 pm, FSC/FD [Jones]

The Black Cats totally caught out at the back (well, the first two goals were clearly offside) against height, so expect to see the Peter Crouch show here.  With the biggest match in Spurs history just 3 nights later, will be interesting to see what ‘arry does with team selection.

Sunday, February 13

*** QPRNott Forest, Championship, 8:30 am, FS+ & [Clattenburg]
I added this match because these are teams we may be seeing next year in the league.  If Rangers win, they are sitting pretty for automatic promotion.  Forest is just ahead of a big bunch of teams vying for a playoff spot.  Should be a great atmosphere, and remember, when he’s refereeing, the game is not about the players, it’s all about Clattenburg.

*** BoltonEverton, 11 am, FSC/FD [Probert]
This should be a fun match.  Their prior encounter finished 1-1.

Monday, February 14

*** FulhamChelsea, 3 pm, ESPN2 & [Dean]
Maybe they’ve had some training to work out that triangle?  ‘Cause it didn’t look ready-for-prime-time on Sunday; maybe 8 days and they’ll look a lot better.  The Cottage is becoming a more difficult place to win again and it was terrific to see Dempsey scoring his 10th and then saying he had no interest in heading back to play in America.

Tuesday, February 15

**** AC MilanTottenham, Champions League knockout leg 1 of 2, 2:30 pm, FSC/FD & from 5 pm
I think Bale likes this stadium!
** BirminghamNewcastle, 2:45 pm, FS+ & [Mason]

Wednesday, February 16

**** ArsenalBarcelona, Champions League knockout leg 1 of 2, 2:30 pm, FSC/FD & from 5 pm
After the blow-out over Madrid, this is the match I’ve been most waiting for all year.  Two teams that love to pass; has Arsenal made any progress?
** WiganBolton, FA Cup 4th Round Replay, 2:45 pm, I don’t see any listings at the moment with Champions league taking center stage
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  1. SamiGod

    February 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Bale is not even playing at San Siro

  2. JC

    February 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Yeah! Forest makes the list.

  3. Malcolm

    February 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm have dropped the ball the last couple of weeks. Let’s hope this weekend’s viewing isn’t as problematic as the last two weeks. I do like that they have several live EPL games to choose from. When their site works well, is a good deal.

  4. Jason

    February 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Let’s hope United fvs City isn’t another boring scoreless game as the first game. I hope City go for it and not sit back and defend. With Mancini you never know what his team will do. United we know will attack and being at home should score. Hoping for a good game of viewing.

    Sunderland vs Spurs is probably the next best fixture this weekend after United vs City. Sunderland are definitely in with a chance of making the top 6 so they should prove a handful for Spurs. This is the type of game Spurs have to win if they are to have a chance of a top 4 position.
    Wigan have proved to be one of the bogey teams for Liverpool. This could be a difficult one for Liverpool even if they are on a good winning streak. Also, a number of players played in midweek and tiredness might set in for many teams with lots of internationals on them. Surprises could be in store up and down the table.

  5. KarlthewonderYak

    February 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Can anyone explain to me why, with the choices of Champs matches they have next week, Fox decided to put Schalke 04 v. Valencia on FSN?

    • Dan

      February 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      FSN usually only shoes matches on tuesday. Im not sure why and that still doesnt explain not showing Milan v Spurs. They will show the Milan v spurs delayed at 11 pm if thats any consolation.

      Back to only showing tuesday matches… That is F*ing ridiculous! With the right marketing I think the ratings for the Barca v Arsenal game could be up there with the higher rated premier league matches. Maybe even surpass with Barcas huge fanbase and the large hispanic audience in the US. This is probably one of the top five matches of the year it should not be on a subscription channel.

      Now of to bootlegging Milan v Spurs while siting in front of the schalke match.

  6. Rick

    February 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

    My DirectTV does not include FSC. I have to pay an extra $13 per month in order to get a sports package that includes that. I only want that channel to watch the Premier League, mainly Blackburn, even though they only have about 1 out of every 10 matches televised.

    My question, every match appears to be broadcast on That option comes out to only $0.33 more per month, and I’d get to see every match. Am I incorrect in what I’m seeing? How’s the quality for the online matches? Can I watch every (or nearly every) match live? If not, is there an archive section I can watch them relatively soon afterwards?

    Thanks to whoever can help, and for the weekly viewing guide.

    • The Gaffer

      February 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Rick, shows all of the Premier League games live except for the ones that are aired on Fox Soccer Channel. Those Fox Soccer Channel games are shown on on demand at midnight of that day.

      The quality, when the service is running properly, is outstanding. And if you do miss some games, there is an archive available. If you have an iPhone, you can also watch the games at no additional cost on your mobile phone with the free Fox Soccer iPhone app (which allows you to put in your username and password from to see those games there, too).

      The Gaffer

      • Rick

        February 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        Thanks so much. It’s a pain only getting to see very few of my team’s games, and even if they’re delayed until midnight, seeing them is better than just seeing highlights.

        • Maybee

          February 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

          I would add to the Gaffer’s comments that not only is there an archive of full games in case you miss them live, but for the EPL games they have a 45-min edited highlight versions of the games, as well as 2 min highlights for each.

          They also have a couple of Championship games a week, plus Serie A, and Ligue 1, and rugby – which I’ve never watched, but there is plenty there.

      • CTBlues

        February 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm


        Did you catch my response to your post about not making a Palm app over on MLStalk? If not you might want to go check out Engadget and check out what HP/Palm announced yesterday.

        • The Gaffer

          February 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

          CTBlues, I haven’t had a chance to read your comment on MLS Talk yet, but I’ll reply there. But essentially, even though HP announced some new Pre’s yesterday, the Palm brand is no more. There was no mention of the Palm brandname in yesterday’s press conference of Palm.

          The Gaffer

          • CTBlues

            February 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

            Yes, the Palm name is dead but WebOS lives on which is what Palm had switch to so you should still make a WebOS app.

          • CTBlues

            February 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

            I think with HP backing it instead of Palm I think it will do a lot better. Also they said they are going to have WebOS on PC’s by the end of the year and on alot of other products (ie printers and tablets) so I think it has a good chance to flourish. I think HP will be able to take its time since it is the best selling computer company in the world where as Palm didn’t have that kind of time because they were having such financial problems.

            A big thing that helps sales too of phones lately is the number of apps the OS has also from what the conference said and other developers said it is very easy to develop for.

    • tonyspeed

      February 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Just make sure you’re computer’s fairly fast. You can’t play the games on an asus eee or an apple ipad unless you want to be frustrated.

  7. TCAP

    February 10, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Barcelona is going to tear Arsenal to pieces.

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