Today we are introducing a new weekly "Weekend Soccer Spotlight" highlighting the upcoming weekend's high profile matches across the soccer world. We hope you enjoy our new weekly installment!
Hearts v. Hibernian (LIVE on Setanta Sports USA @ 5:30AM MT) - This fixture is known as the Edinburgh Derby. It is one of the oldest derby matches in the world dating back to the 1875! Hearts and Hibs have faced each other 300 times with Hearts holding the edge with 130 wins to Hibs 85 wins. There have been 85 draws in the series. A great way to spend breakfast on a Saturday down at the pub!
Tottenham Hotspur v. Sunderland (LIVE on ESPN2 @ 8AM MT) - The first televised EPL game of the weekend, features two top 10 sides. Both clubs have struggled the last two weeks, tallying 1 point from those 4 games. Look for a highly competitive game as both clubs need 3 points.
Wolves v. Arsenal (LIVE on Fox Soccer Channel @ 10:30AM MT) - Anyone who appreciates beautiful soccer must tune in to any Arsenal match, they just play the right way. (Okay, maybe not Spurs fans...) Arsenal look to close in on the top 2 with Manchester United and Chelsea facing each other this weekend.
Atletico Madrid v. Real Madrid (LIVE on ESPN Deportes @ 2PM MT) - El Derbi madrileno! Another great derby featruing one of the biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid, and their cross-city rival Atletico Madrid. Both teams are featured in the Champions League this season, but Atletico has had poor results in La Liga so far this year. A win this weekend would go a long way towards turning their season around, as they currently sit in 18th place in La Liga. Real Madrid would love nothing more than to keep their rivals down.
Chicago Fire v. New England Revolution (LIVE on Fox Soccer Channel @ 6PM MT) - Catch the only MLS Cup Playoff match of the day as Chicago looks to rebound at home against New England and MLS MVP finalist Shalrie Joseph. New England carries the 2-1 advantage coming into the game.
Atlas v. Chivas Guadalajara (LIVE on Telemundo @ 7:45PM MT) - The oldest Mexican "Classic," known simply as Clasico Tapatio, this local derby features Mexican super-club Chivas and their cross town rivals Atlas. Dating back to 1916, this match is played in their shared stadium Estadio Jalisco which is sure to be a raucous atmosphere this weekend.
Lazio v. AC Milan (LIVE on Fox Soccer Channel @ 7AM MT) - Before you start your honey-do list, watch the Rossoneri take on struggling Lazio. Why? Think of it as an appetizer for...
Chelsea v. Manchester United (LIVE on Fox Soccer Channel @ 9AM MT) - This is the marquee match-up in the EPL this year. Top two teams. Winners of the last five English Premier League championships (Man Utd 3, Chelsea 2). Two of the biggest clubs in the world. Each team boasts some of the best players in the world including: Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Ryan Giggs, Deco, Rio Ferdinand, and Michael Essien just to name a few. Do you really need to be told why you should watch?
CD Toluca v. Pachuca CF (LIVE on Telemundo @ 11AM MT) - A match featuring 1st place Toluca against Rapids partner club Pachuca CF. Both teams are in contention for the Apertura championship, with Pachuca looking to make up ground in this pivotal match.
Olympique Lyon v. Olympique Marseille (LIVE on Setanta Sports USA @ 1PM MT) - The Choc des Olympiques (Clash of the Olympics) features two of the biggest clubs in France. Both Lyon and Marseille are perennial participants in European competition. Expect this match to be both spirited and attractive as both teams are in the top half of the league again this season.
Los Angeles Galaxy v. Chivas USA (LIVE on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes @ 5:30PM MT) - In the second leg of the playoff version of the Honda SuperClasico, both teams will be playing in front of "home crowds" at the Home Depot Center. The first leg was a thrilling 2-2 draw, so expect a wide open game featuring these passionate rivals.
You can check out any of these games at any one of the Colorado Rapids local bar partners. We hope to see you out there this weekend!