Premier League: Manchester City vs. Everton (live, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Manuel Pellegrini’s men followed up an impressive 3-0 win at high-flying Southampton with a 4-1 victory against Sunderland, and this weekend face Romelu Lukaku's Everton side that manager Roberto Martinez admits are “tired.” Sergio Aguero looks far from tired. The Argentine has seven goals from his last five games, including a hat trick against Bayern Munich. Watch out Toffees! -- Source: Warren Barner.
Premier League: Newcastle VS. Chelsea (live, Saturday, 07:45 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Chelsea showed the world why last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland was a momentary blip in a sensational season when they demolished Tottenham on Wednesday. The talk now centers on whether the Blues can go through the whole season just as Arsenal’s Invincibles did in their 2003-04 title-winning campaign. Newcastle’s incredible run has stalled in the last two games with just a point to show from their games against Burnley and West Ham. Chelsea will be a whole diferent ball game, though. -- Source: Warren Barner.
Premier League: Stoke City vs. Arsenal (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: This game has started to develop into a grudge match and Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross hasn’t helped matters by claiming Potters fans “dislike” Arsenal. It was Shawcross’ that gave Aaron Ramsey afractured leg in two places in 2010 but tension between the two sides had already been growing before then -- mainly due to Arsene Wenger’s criticism of Stoke’s style of play. With West Ham and Manchester United playing on Sunday and Monday respectively, victory will propel Arsenal into fourth -- level on points with third-placed Southampton. -- Source: Warren Barner.
Premier League: Southampton vs. Manchester United (live, Monday, 3, p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Monday’s sole Premier League game is a tasty affair. Third-placed Southampton take on a buoyant Manchester United side just one place and one point behind Saints, whose unlikely title hopes are slipping out of sight. Their challenge hinged on a three-match run against Manchester City, Arsenal and United -- so far they have been found wanting. United, on the other hand, are flying. A fifth win in a row could leave Louis van Gaal’s side in third place. Who would have thought that in September? -- Source: Warren Barner.
Reasons to watch: This is THE game in the Bundesliga this weekend. Bayern, defending champions and seven points clear at the top of the table, face third-placed Leverkusen with aspirations of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout phase. Roger Schmidt has got the city buzzing and even Josep Guardiola is a fan of Bayern’s opponent whose pressing game will give them “little time to think on the ball.” Should be a real cracker to say the least. -- Source: Warren Barner.
La Liga: Barcelona vs. Espanyol (live, Sunday, 11 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: The Barcelona derby takes place at the Camp Nou on Sunday and no-one is expecting anything other than a home win. Why? Barcelona have won the last five encounters against Los Periquitos without conceding a goal. In fact, Espanyol haven’t scored in a derby at Camp Nou for five years! Espanyol recently ended a five-match winless run when they beat Levante. Barcelona, who have won their last three games in La Liga, represents a slightly tougher challenge. -- Source: Warren Barner.
Serie A: Genoa vs. AC Milan (live, Sunday, 9 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Fourth-placed Genoa have been the surprise success in this season’s Serie A campaign and as things stand are above AC Milan in the table. With the top three guaranteed a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, this game has taken on added significance. In-form striker Alessandro Matri, on loan at Genoa from AC Milan, will get the chance to show what his parent club are missing. Filippo Inzaghi’s men are unbeaten in six Serie A games and a win would put them above Genoa. This match is suddenly very interesting. -- Source: Warren Barner.
Bundesliga: Stuttgart vs. Schalke (live, Saturday, 9:30 ET)
Reasons to watch: The Bundesliga is littered with coaches facing their former clubs this weekend. Thomas Schaaf, now in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt, returns to Werder Bremen where he spent more than 30 years. Hannover's former longest-serving coach Dieter Hecking makes a return to the Niedersachsenstadion with Wolfsburg, and Jos Luhukay pays his former club Borussia Monchengladbach a visit with Hertha Berlin. Finally, Stuttgart’s Huub Stevens will go head to head with the side he managed twice -- Schalke, who are starting to pick up after a shaky start under Roberto Di Matteo. -- Source: Warren Barner.
La Liga: Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo (live, Saturday, 2 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: The schedule gets tough for Los Blancos before end of the new year. Real have been in imperious form and lead La Liga by two points heading into the match in the Spanish capital. With qualification for the second stage of the Champions League assured and the UEFA Super Cup already won, Real could win five trophies this season, with the Copa Del Rey and World Club Cup to play for as well. Saturday's test against surging Celta will be a good test for Carlo Ancelotti's men. -- Source: Sky Sports.
MLS Cup: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New England Revolution (live, 3 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: MLS Cup beckons in Carson, Calif. as the Los Angeles Galaxy return for the fourth time in six years after staving off Seattle in a gripping Western Conference championship. New England will provide the opposition after subduing New York to secure a first Eastern Conference title since 2007. And oh yes, this is Landon Donovan's last game in his long, decorated career. Do we need to say more? -- Source: Inside MLS Blog.