Premier League: Manchester United vs. Liverpool (live, Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: For years this game was THE match of the season but how times have changed. Former United defender and current Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville, claimed the encounter could be like a match between two pubs, comparing it to being “like the Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion” because both teams have fallen from their pedestals. Neville was speaking after United’s lucky win at Southampton which incredibly has lifted them to third place in the table and given them realistic hope of finishing in the top four. Liverpool’s season is getting worse by the week. The Reds are hanging around mid-table and are now out of the UEFA Champions League after the 1-1 draw with FC Basel. These fans really hate each other so it will still be a spectacle. -- Warren Barner.
Premier League: Chelsea vs. Hull City (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Beware a wounded lion. The Blues succumbed to their first defeat of the season in any competition last weekend when they lost 2-1 to Newcastle which will make Hull’s task at Stamford Bridge just that little bit harder -- as if they needed it. The Tigers are on the back of an eight-match winless run so confidence will be running pretty low as they line up against the team many expect to win this year’s Premier League. Oh, and Hull have never won at Chelsea in the 100 plus years the sides have been playing against each other. Time for a change? -- Warren Barner.
Premier League: Leicester City vs. Manchester City (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Has the pendulum finally started to swing in Manchester City’s favor? While Chelsea were losing at St. James’ Park last weekend, Yaya Toure’s penalty against Everton gave City their fourth successive Premier League win and moved them to within three points of the leaders. In midweek, Manuel Pellegrini’s men followed up their win against Bayern Munich with a stunning 2-0 victory at Roma to secure a place in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League. The Foxes have not win since their stunning 5-3 victory against Manchester United in September -- that was ten days ago and they are now bottom of the table. Looks like City’s title tilt will remain on course. -- Warren Barner.
La Liga: Getafe vs. Barcelona (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: It’s been eight games and eight wins in all competitions for Barcelona, who are five points behind leaders Real Madrid with just two games to go before the winter break. Luis Suarez made a high-profile and controversial move to Camp Nou in the summer but surprisingly the former Liverpool striker has yet to score in the league. The Uruguyan has been taken off in the last few games but will he finally break his duck against a Getafe side that are hardly pulling up trees? -- Warren Barner.
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Serie A: Juventus vs. Sampdoria (live, Sunday, 6.30 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: The top four are playing each other in what should be a thrilling weekend in Serie A. Juventus host Sampdoria early on Sunday in a battle between two sides that have lost just one game all season. Sampdoria are hardly prolific, but like Juve they have a mean defense organized by former Serbia international Sinisa Mihajlovic -- a man with a sensational left foot in his day for Inter Milan. It should be an interesting clash against a side seemingly heading for their fourth successive Serie A title. -- Warren Barner.
Serie A: Genoa vs. Roma (live, Sunday, 9 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: This is one of two great matches to watch in Serie A this weekend as second-placed Roma face Genoa, one spot and six points behind the Giallorossi. Genoa claimed the scalp of AC Milan last week and are enjoying a nine-match unbeaten run in Serie A which has given them realistic hopes of a top-four finish and a UEFA Champions League spot. As for Roma, they needed a penalty deep into stoppage time to earn a draw with Sassuolo last weekend and were then knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City on Wednesday. Last year side there have been plenty of goals too over the last five encounters at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. -- Warren Barner.
Bundesliga: Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich (live, Saturday, 9.30 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Anyone who thinks Bayern Munich simply need to turn up to claim the points should think again. Augsburg were the team that ended Bayern Munich’s 53-match unbeaten run in April and they have turned the SGL Arena into a fortress. Since losing to Dortmund in August, the Bavarians have won their last five matches at home. Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have also won their last five games so this game promises to be a classic. -- Warren Barner.
Reasons to watch: Just three points separate third from seventh in the Bundesliga and two of those sides go head to head at the weekend. Fourth-placed Leverkusen, who have reached the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League, pushed Bayern Munich all the way last weekend but lost out to a Franck Ribery goal. Gladbach ended a run of three straight defeats with a win against Hertha Berlin last weekend so confidence will be high. Both teams have strikers in red-hot form too. Karim Bellarabi has seven for Leverkusen, while Max Kruse has two less for the visitors. -- Warren Barner.
La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs. Villarreal (live, Saturday, 1 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Atletico remain in the hunt to retain their La Liga title but can’t drop too many points if they are to keep pace with Real Madrid and Barcelona. The way things are going, the destination of the championship could come down to the results between the top three. Atletico, with six wins from their last seven games, are proving formidable opponents especially with former Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic leading the line. Villarreal are no mugs though and still habor hopes of the fourth and final Champions League spot. Should be an interesting match. -- Warren Barner.
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Liga MX Apertura Final, Second Leg: Club America vs. Tigres (live, Sunday, 7 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Talk about drama, Tigres will travel to Mexico City with a slender 1-0 advantage over Club America after Joffre Guerron extended Tigres’ unbeaten run to 15 matches with his second half winner on Thursday night. Though Tigres look poised to win its first title since 2011, Las Aguilas still enter the encounter as favorites with their potent attacking trio of Oribe Peralta, Rubens Sambueza and Michael Arroyo ready to flip script at any moment. The second leg will also serve as Antonio Mohamed's last match in charge of America, which adds more spice to an otherwise scintillating affair. As if it needed more. -- Charles Ventura.