Games to Watch: EPL, MLS, Barcelona-Real Madrid

Arsenal at Chelsea

8:45 a.m. Saturday (NBCSN/mun2)

NBCSN kicks off 10 straight hours of live soccer with a classic London rivalry. Chelsea sit atop the Premier League, and Arsenal are four points back in third place. The Gunners’ title hopes are slim, but the Blues’ loss at Aston Villa last weekend means Olivier Giroud and company still have a shot.

Los Angeles Galaxy at Real Salt Lake

4:00 p.m. Saturday (NBCSN)

Real Salt Lake has never had big names like Los Angeles’ Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan. But the men in claret and cobalt have been one of Major League Soccer’s most consistently successful teams. Last year, they made the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup finals. RSL has already beaten LA once this year, as U.S. national team goalkeeper Nick Rimando delivered a shutout on Opening Day.

New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire

3:00 p.m. Sunday (UniMás)

Before visiting PPL Park next weekend, reigning MLS MVP Mike Magee leads the Fire against Red Bulls stars Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill. Both teams are winless through the first two games. It may be early in the season, but every result is crucial in MLS’ jam-packed Eastern Conference.

Barcelona at Real Madrid

3:55 p.m. Saturday (beIN Sport)

The latest chapter of what might be world soccer’s best rivalry has particular urgency for third-place Barcelona. Real, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, has a four-point lead in the standings, and Atlético Madrid are in second. The Santiago Bernabéu stadium will be rocking as los merengues try to break open a big gap in the standings. But Barcelona will be at full health, which means Lionel Messi, Neymar and Xavi will be ready to go.

A note for Comcast subscribers: If you don’t have beIN, the Xfinity Latino Entertainment channel will be simulcasting the game live. The main audio feed will be in Spanish, but you’ll be able to get English commentary by using the SAP button.

Manchester City at Manchester United

3:45 p.m. Tuesday (NBCSN)

United got temporary relief in its season of struggle by rallying to beat Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday. If Robin van Persie and the Red Devils can win at West Ham on Saturday (1:30 p.m., NBCSN), they’d have some real momentum heading into the Manchester Derby. City, led by Yaya Touré, will need the win to get back into the title race.

Sunderland at Liverpool

4:00 p.m. Wednesday (NBCSN)

U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore’s lack of production at Sunderland has got American fans worrying. Now, in addition to not scoring, he isn’t playing much under Gus Poyet. Altidore hasn’t got much time to get his form back before the World Cup kicks off, which makes every game crucial.

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