FIFA Club World Cup: Real Madrid vs. San Lorenzo (Saturday, Live on FOX Sports 2, 2.30 p.m ET)
Reasons to watch: The FIFA Club World Cup final takes center stage this weekend. What’s that I hear you ask? This is an intercontinental competition organized by FIFA involving those clubs that won their federation’s cup tournament. Real Madrid, the Champions League winners, will take on Copa Libertadores holders San Lorenzo. It promises to be an exciting match and the war of words has already started about which is the dirtiest team. San Lorenzo president Matias Lemmens says his Argentine side need to worry about the "violent" Pepe. Tasty. -- Source: Warren Barner.
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Premier League: Liverpool vs. Arsenal (live, Sunday, 11 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: This game was expected to be a contest between two sides with a chance of threatening to win the title. However, Liverpool, last season’s runners-up, and perennial bridesmaids Arsenal aren’t even in the top five. The Reds are still reeling from a 3-0 defeat at rivals Manchester United which came on the back of their exit from the Champions League. At least they can beat second-tier clubs as they proved in defeating Championship leaders Bournemouth to reach the League Cup semifinals. Defeat at Stoke aside, Arsenal are starting to click and could have Theo Walcott back from injury. -- Source: Warren Barner.
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Premier League: Newcastle vs. Sunderland (live, Sunday, 8.30 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: We know, these two teams aren’t threatening to win the Premier League and this isn’t one of the most fashionable derbies in town but believe us when we say these clubs absolutely loathe each other. It’s quite on the level of Boca Juniors and River Plate but if you like your derbies to be vitriolic (the cities are 10 miles apart) this is the one for you. Oh, and Jack Colback used to play for Sunderland but upped sticks and joined Newcastle -- something you should never attempt unless you are certifiably insane. It’s going to be a loud one so make sure to lower the volume on your TV or radio sets. -- Source: Warren Barner.
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Premier League: Aston Villa vs. Manchester United (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: What a shame Roy Keane has left Aston Villa. The former Manchester United skipper ended his spell as assistant manager at Villa to concentrate on similar duties with the Republic of Ireland national team but he has been burning his bridges at United by falling out with everyone at the club. United, though, are on a high. After a terrible start to the season Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney now believe they can win the title following their 3-0 win against Liverpool. They are eight points behind leaders Chelsea so it will be tough. Villa’s five-match unbeaten run ended at West Brom last weekend but the signs are encouraging. -- Source: Warren Barner.
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Premier League: Roma vs. AC Milan (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: The days when the world trembled at the thought of playing against AC Milan are a distant memory although the 18-time Scudetto winners have shown signs of improvement recently as their 2-0 win against Napoli proved. Jeremy Menez has been on fire for Milan and he has already more goals to his name for his new club than he scored in his three seasons at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma, four points behind leaders and defending champions Juventus, had a great win at Genoa last week so their tails are up. Both sides have realistic chances of finishing in the top three which would secure a Champions League spot so expect a crackerjack of a game. -- Source: Warren Barner.
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La Liga: Barcelona vs. Cordoba (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: The last thing Cordoba needs with just one La Liga win from their 15 games -- a run which has left them in the relegation zone, is a visit to a Barcelona side that will have Neymar available from injury. However, the Catalans were held to a goalless draw last week and trail European champons and arch-rivals Real Madrid four points in the table. Veteran midfielder Xavi called the result a “step backwards.” Let’s see if Barca can get back on track against a Cordoba side that are on a three-match unbeaten run in all competitions. -- Source: Warren Barner.
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Premier League: Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace (live, Saturday, 7.45 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: What makes this game so interesting, apart from the fact that defending champions Manchester City are just three points behind leaders Chelsea, is that Manuel Pellegrini has no first-choice forwards at his disposal. Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic are all expected to be out injured until the new year. Will Pellegrini take chance on 18-year-old Spaniard Jose Angel Pozo as he did against Leicester or convert David Silva, James Milner or Samir Nasri into a center-forward? Should City win by four goals they will go top of the table for 48 hours. Should be fun! -- Source: Warren Barner.
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Premier League: Stoke City vs. Chelsea (live, Monday, 3 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Don’t expect this to be a cakewalk for Jose Mourinho’s men. Last season the sides were pegged at 2-2 when Oussama Assaidi struck a sensational last-minute winner for Stoke. The Blues are made of sterner stuff these days although a scrappy 2-0 win against Hull came on the back of their only defeat of the season at Newcastle. Is this the time to take advantage of a slight weakness in Chelsea’s near invincible rearguard? We’ll find out Monday. -- Source: Warren Barner.
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Bundesliga: Augsburg vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (live, Saturday, 2.30 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: The wheels have come off Augsburg’s tilt at the Champions League spots. A home defeat to Bayern Munich is no disgrace and neither is a 2-0 loss at Hannover but three in a row would leave Markus Weinzierl's side in danger of being left adrift. As things stand, Markus Weinzierl’s men are in sixth spot but their task doesn’t get much easier with a home test against third-placed Monchengladbach, who could slip out of the Champions League spots with a defeat. Plenty at stake here. -- Source: Warren Barner.
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Serie A: Internazionale vs. Lazio (Sunday, 2.45 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: It’s a tight battle for the final Champions League spot, currently occupied by Napoli, but Lazio have realistic hopes of qualifying for the first time since they finished third in the 2006-7 season. The Roman side are in good form having won their last two games. Stefano Mauri and Filip Djordjevic are banging in the goals too. But what about Inter Milan? The jury is still out on Roberto Mancini’s reign but a slight change in formation brought a 2-0 win at Chievo. Let’s see how that system fares against Lazio. -- Source: Warren Barner.