A battle for the Premier League summit, a marquee Bundesliga match featuring North America’s two biggest Euro stars, and MLS playoff battles are all part of a mouth-watering soccer weekend. With another international break (sigh) upon us, make sure you feast your eyes on these eight contests around the world. All times Eastern
Bayern Munich vs. Koln - Saturday, 9:30 am (LIVE on FS2)
Carlo Ancelotti tasted defeat as Bayern coach for the first time Wednesday, falling to personal bogey team Atletico Madrid. To make sure the Oktoberfest beer tastes better when Bayern make their annual trip on Sunday, beating Koln to defend the Bundesliga summit is required. But careful: the surprising Billy Goats are undefeated, uncomfortable to play, and in third place for a reason.
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Tottenham vs. Manchester City - Sunday, 9:15 am
1st vs. 2nd place in the Premier League? The league’s most prolific offense against its best defense? Fine, we’re in. Pep Guardiola will look to stay perfect in his seventh EPL game with City after slipping mid-week at Celtic in the Champions League, while Spurs go for their fifth win in a row in all competitions and fourth straight in the league. Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane are both out with injuries, but there’ll still be plenty of firepower on display at White Hart Lane.
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Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia Dortmund - Saturday, 12:30 pm (LIVE on FS2)
The Bundesliga’s game of the week carries a bit of USA vs Mexico flavor when Javier Hernandez’s Leverkusen host Christian Pulisic and BVB. Chicharito is on fire with four goals in his last two games, including a hat trick last weekend, while Pulisic is a good bet to start in place of the injured Andre Schurrle. You do NOT want to miss this one.
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Toronto FC vs. D.C. United - Saturday, 7:30 pm
Toronto looked like they would run away with the East’s top seed but have drawn three straight, and now face D.C. United who could (with a win and some help) clinch a playoff spot. But last time these two met, D.C. couldn’t stop Sebastian Giovinco, who torched them with a hat trick to bust out of a summer slump. Can Giovinco do it again to boost his chances to repeat as MVP?
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Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid - Sunday, 6 am
Atletico Madrid are just two points off behind league leaders Real Madrid despite drawing three of their first six games, and now face a Valencia team that’s won back-to-back games after losing their first four. Los Che have won just one of their last nine against Atleti, and the two teams don’t seem to like each other very much. Seven players have been sent off in this fixture in their last 11 meetings. That’s … a lot.
Schalke vs. Gladbach - Sunday, 11:30 am (LIVE on FS2)
Disappointing Schalke are in last place after losing each of their first five Bundesliga games, but to find some hope they only have to look to the other bench. Gladbach lost their first five a season ago and still qualified for the Champions League. A win at home against the fourth-place Foals could turn the tide for Markus Weinzierl’s desperate bunch.
Roma vs. Inter Milan - Sunday, 2:45 pm
Juventus and Napoli once again look like the class of Serie A, but behind them it’s Roma and Inter who head up the next tier of teams who figure to fight over the final Champions League spot this season. Inter just fell to another embarrassing defeat in Europe, while Roma rode the ageless Francesco Totti to a resounding win. Will we see more of the same at the Stadio Olimpico, where Inter hasn’t won in the league since 2009?
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Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders - Sunday, 8 pm (LIVE on FS1)
Seattle have a 6-point lead on Vancouver in the 8th and final playoff spot out West, and a Sounders win would practically eliminate the Whitecaps (they'd only be alive on goal difference, but Seattle also have a game in hand). Jordan Morris scored the 81st-minute winner in this fixture two weeks ago. Can Vancouver return the favor to keep their playoff hopes alive? Fellow Cascadian rivals Portland (tied on points with Seattle) will also watch this one closely.