Aston Villa – Chelsea, Genoa – Inter Milan, Valencia – Barca. And thats just Saturday
The weekend’s football on your plasma
With all the important European leagues now in full swing, the weekend offers a fabulous few hours viewing for those who don’t want to watch the X Factor exploit the tragic death of a young man. Here are the highlights:
If you’re still dripping from the Machester derby last month, the U18s battle it out on MUTV 10:45 Saturday morning. Once wide awake, watch Aston Villa beat Chelsea on Sky Sports 1 (12:30), whilst at 5:30, the same channel screens Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United, a Premiership match in all but quality.
Sunday’s Sky offering sees the first top-flight East Lancs derby for forty years followed by Wigan Athletic vs Manchester City, a match Mark Hughes’ men lost at a similar time last season. This time, they will expect to do better. £150m better in fact.
Its St Johnstone vs Rangers on ESPN at midday Saturday. Rangers will win. Go and spend the time doing something else.
The biggest match of the weekend is in the Bundesliga, where the top two clash in the Nordbank Arena. 5:30 Saturday on ESPN to watch the last two unbeaten clubs in the Bundesliga.
Sunday’s match may be slightly less easy on the eye, as Borussia Dortmund host Bochum (ESPN 4:30).
ESPN are bringing us three decent matches from Serie A this weekend, starting at 7:45 on Saturday with Genoa vs Inter Milan. The two highest-scoring sides in the league should be well worth watching.
The day of rest is unlikely to be too restful for whoever presents the Italian football on ESPN. At 2pm, Lazio meet early league leaders Sampdoria, and at 7:45, struggling Milan will probably continue to struggle at San Siro against Roma.
Three matches from la Liga too. The game of the weekend in Spain sees Valencia host Barcelona at 9pm Saturday night on Sky Sports 2.
Sunday’s double bill sees Athletic Bilbao face Sporting Gijon at 6pm, followed immediately by Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid, both on Sky Sports 1.
With one third of all clubs in the Russian Premier League hailing from Moscow, you never have to wait too long for a Moscovite derby. On Sunday morning, ESPN at 11 is the place to be for Spartak vs Locomotiv.