This past week we were lucky to see some great league football, be it in league cups or in actual league matches. Serie A seems to be getting back on track amidst the coronavirus outbreak and the races in each league are tight across the board in at least one meaningful position. This week we’ll shift our focus back towards international play again as Champions League football hits the main stage once again. I’m also going to try to start arranging the article so that you can watch every game without interference with another. I’ll try.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa; Premier League
Date, Time, Channel: Monday the 9th, 4:00 ET, NBCSN
This game might not be too effective on the final standings of who wins the league, but both Leicester and Villa are desperate for points right now. After a hot first half Leicester need a jump start to get back on the right path as they’re only two points above Chelsea for 4th with a game in hand. At the same time Villa needs a win to jump out of relegation territory and salvage their promotion season.
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur; Champions League
Date, Time, Channel: Tuesday the 10th, 4:00 ET, TNT
This is it for last year’s runners-up. Tottenham are currently down 1-0 heading into what’s guaranteed to be the most hostile environment they play in all season. To make things worse, Spurs are still running on fumes at the striker position as Harry Kane is still at least a month away from returning to action. Leipzig, on the other hand, have drawn two massive matches in which they needed points and need a victory to get their momentum back. Plus, knockout games are always the best.
Borussia M’Gladbach vs FC Köln; Premier League
Date, Time, Channel: Wednesday the 11th, 1:30 ET, Fox Sports 2
Gladbach currently sit in 5th place in the Bundesliga, a single point behind Leverkusen and four points behind Leipzig with a game in hand. Köln can’t really make any moves with this game but still have interest in knocking off a top side at home. Despite a loss to Dortmund this weekend, Gladbach are in prime position to move back into the top 4 and challenge for a Champions League spot.
Liverpool vs Atlético Madrid; Champions League
Date, Time, Channel: Wednesday the 11th, 4:00 ET, TNT
Few would have ever thought that Atléti might be in a position of power to knock off Liverpool in the Round of 16, but here we are. Up 1-0, Madrid move into Anfield with a vital lead and no away goals surrendered. Liverpool are in dire need to defend their Champions League trophy now that their show at league Invincibility is over and they’ll have a great motivational opportunity to get their train back on the tracks with a comeback victory against the Spanish side. This match is dripping with implication.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund; Champions League
Date, Time: Wednesday the 11th, 4:00 ET
I said I would try to keep these games off the same time spectrum but I didn’t make any promises! Plus, these matches are worth finding an extra screen for. Paris are legitimate Champions League contenders but their tournament could be cut short by a fiery Dortmund squad who killed the giants in the first leg. Dortmund look like they’re able to outscore any team on the planet right now so at least turn on the match to see the fireworks.
Internazionale vs Getafe; Europa League
Date, Time: Thursday the 12th, 4:00 ET
Inter are out of the Champions League but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to play for. Silverware is silverware and Nerazzurri are going to go for it every time, especially with a solid squad like they have now, Getafe just knocked out a strong Ajax side from Europa and are looking to build with another massive international victory, one that can be won if they play their brand of football. It might not have the flashy names to be associated with, but this match will still be prime.
Juventus vs Bologna; Serie A
Date, Time, Channel: Friday the 13th, 3:45 ET, ESPN+
Now that Juve are back on top of Serie A by just a single point, they can rest assured that the race won’t get any easier at all. Italy has a serious race for international football on its hands and we all need to be attentive. Even a draw from this point out could prove deadly for Juventus. Bologna are in a race for sixth place themselves as they’re only five points back of current position holders Napoli. This game has the star power and implications that make it worth the watch.
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04; Bundesliga
Date, Time: Saturday the 14th, 10:30 ET
The European slate on Saturday isn’t actually that good, which can be a good thing if you’re trying to pay attention to college basketball, but not so good for an early riser. Dortmund are sitting in second place in the Bundesliga right now behind only the monstrous Bayern. Should Dortmund win, they’ll be breathing down FCB’s necks, pressuring them in a tough match starting a short week. On the other hand, 6th place Shalke are trying to fend off the horde of teams contending for the final European competition slot. The Bundesliga race is going to be fun and you ought to watch as much of it as you can.
Atlanta FC vs Sporting Kansas City; MLS
Date, Time, Channel: Saturday the 14th, 7:00 ET, ESPN+
It’s a fair shout that Atlanta lost some of their watchability when Josef Martinez went down with a torn ACL in their first match, but the fact of the matter is that they’re still a great team. Atlanta and SKC are two of any four teams in the MLS to win both of their first games and they’re both doing it in fashion. Atlanta have scored four goals so far but Kansas City have outpaced them with a whopping seven in two matches. This may be a match between the two best teams in the league and it’ll be worth the price of ESPN+ to watch.
Atalanta vs Lazio; Serie A
Date, Time, Channel: Sunday the 15th, 10:00 ET, ESPN+
If you were to tell me at the beginning of the season that the Lazio Atalanta match in early March would have serious implications as to who won Serie A, I likely would have laughed in your face. Now here we are in March and this is a real match that could decide the fate of both squads. With Juventus looking more vulnerable than ever, Lazio are looking to overtake them and claim the Italian crown. Atalanta, on the other hand, are a top five scoring club in Europe and are looking to keep their momentum going while expanding their 4th place lead over Roma. Atalanta wants it, Lazio needs it. It’ll be a cracker in Rome.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United; Premier League
Date, Time: Sunday the 15th, 12:30 ET
What’s better than a pair of top six clubs facing off on a Sunday afternoon? Very little, if you ask me, and some meaningfulness can only sweeten the pot. United just beat rivals Man City to move within three points of fourth place Chelsea. Spurs are in desperate need of points as rivals Arsenal are creeping up to overtake them in the standings. Tottenham will be coming off a short week with an undermanned team, will they be able to pull off the upset?