SOCCER ON THE BOX THIS WEEKEND: IT’S ALL TO PLAY FOR FOR THE LAST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SPOT

SOCCER ON THE BOX THIS WEEKEND

A few weeks ago Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all had a shot at winning the coveted fourth place spot in the Premier League and thus securing the final Champions League slot. With all that European money and prestige on the line it is no wonder that the battle for the spot was so fierce.

It was Man City’s spot to lose, Liverpool had clearly fallen off the pace and Tottenham? Well Spurs schedule for the run in was going to be tough, maybe even impossible. They had to play all of the big three teams beginning with the North London Derby and the hated Arsenal. Spurs came away victorious and then played Chelsea as well as anyone has this season beating them too. It is now City that trail Spurs by 2 points. This weekend will see the final installment of the trilogy as Saturday morning brings us Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United on ESPN2 as our match of the week, with an honorable mention going to Arsenal v Manchester City on Fox Soccer Channel. Will this weekend decide both the Premiership title AND the Champions League spot? Doubtful as Manchester United can lose the title by losing to Spurs but Chelsea is unlikely to drop points while hosting Stoke on Sunday (also on FSC). In terms of the Champions League slot, regardless of the outcomes on Saturday Spurs and City must still play each other on Wednesday May 5, which could well and truly wrap up fourth position.

The Birmingham Derby, usually must see TV in it’s own right, is unfortunately on Fox Soccer Plus and thus not readily available.

I hope you have the Direct Kick package, because that is where all the action is at this weekend in Major League Soccer.

When Fox Soccer Channel was picking it’s match for this weekend, how did it overlook Columbus v Real Salt Lake? What a battle these two teams had over two legs in the first round of the playoffs last season. they are both thought of as the class of the league, though Columbus has already had two bye weeks and RSL has had to play a very tough opening schedule.  Chicago Houston would have been a great call too and the LA Galaxy going to KC also would have been something to see. Red Bull at Union was snapped up by TeleFutura and would be a tasty treat if TeleFutura’s coverage wasn’t so whack.  FSC brings us Chivas USA v San Jose Earthquakes. Sometimes I think the Fox Soccer Channel pick an inordinate amount of matches at the Home Depot Center because they just don’t like to travel.

ALL TIMES EASTERN

BOLD – MLS MATCHES

ITALICS – MATCH OF THE WEEK

FRIDAY

Germany, Bochum-Stuttgart 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes

Mexico, Tecos-Atlante 9 p.m. Galavision

SATURDAY

England, Spurs-Manchester United 7:30 a.m. ESPN2

Germany, Moenchengladbach-Bayern Munich 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes

England, West Ham-Wigan 10 a.m. FSC

England, Hull-Sunderland 10 a.m. FSP

Spain, Barcelona-Xerez noon GolTV

Italy, Inter Milan-Atalanta noon FSP

England, Arsenal-Manchester City 12:30 p.m. FSC

Spain, Zaragoza-Real Madrid 2 p.m. ESPN Deportes

Germany, Werder Bremen-Cologne 2 p.m. GolTV Premiere

Italy, Palermo-AC Milan 2:30 p.m. FSC

MLS, New York-Philadelphia 4 p.m. Telefutura

Spain, Valencia-Coruna 4 p.m. GolTV

England, Wolves-Blackburn 5 p.m. FSC

Mexico, Cruz Azul-Chivas 6 p.m. Azteca America

Colombia, Envigado-Nacional 7:15 p.m. GolTV

MLS, New England-Colorado 7:30 p.m. Direct Kick

MLS, Columbus-Real Salt Lake 7:30 p.m. Direct Kick

Mexico, Tigres-Pachuca 8 p.m. mun2, Telemundo

Mexico, Morelia-Monterrey 8 p.m. ESPN Deportes, Azteca America

MLS, Kansas City-Los Angeles 8:30 p.m. Direct Kick

MLS, Chicago-Houston 8:30 p.m. Direct Kick

Colombia, Real Cartagena-Cali 9:30 p.m. GolTV

Mexico, San Luis-Queretaro 10 p.m. Telefutura

Mexico, Atlas-Jaguares 10 p.m. Telemundo

MLS, Chivas USA-San Jose 10:30 p.m. FSC

SUNDAY

England, Aston Villa-Birmingham 7 a.m. FSP

Italy, Juventus-Bari 9 a.m. FSC

England, Fulham-Everton 10 a.m. ESPN2

England, Burnley-Liverpool 10 a.m. FSP

England, Chelsea-Stoke 11 a.m. FSC

Spain, Santander-Villarreal 11 a.m. GolTV

Spain, Almeria-Espanyol 11 a.m. DirecTV (Channel 456)

Spain, Mallorca-Malaga 11 a.m. DirecTV (Channel 457)

Mexico, Toluca-Puebla 1 p.m. Telemundo

Spain, Atletico Madrid-Tenerife 1 p.m. ESPN Deportes

Germany, Hoffenheim-Hamburg 1 p.m. GolTV Premiere

MLS, Toronto-Seattle 2 p.m. Direct Kick

Italy, Roma-Sampdoria 2:30 p.m. FSC

Mexico, Indios-Pumas 3 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol

Spain, Getafe-Sevilla 3 p.m. ESPN Deportes

Brazil, Santo Andre-Santos 3 p.m. GolTV

England, Cardiff-Sheffield Wednesday 4 p.m. FSP

Mexico, America-Santos Laguna 5 p.m. Univision

WPS, St. Louis-Boston 6 p.m. FSC

Argentina, Boca Juniors-San Lorenzo 7 p.m. FSE

MONDAY

Spain, Osasuna-Bilbao 11 a.m. DirecTV (Channel 456)

England, Crystal Palace-West Brom 3 p.m. FSP

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