Games to Watch: EPL, MLS, La Liga, Ligue 1

(No, I didn't include Arsenal-Wigan in the FA Cup, because it's on Fox Sports 2, and not enough people get the channel. When it has more distribution, I'll start including games broadcast there again.)

Manchester City at Liverpool 

11:00 a.m. Sunday (NBCSN) 

It's time for yet another Game of the Year in the Premier League. This one, though, might really live up to the hype. First-place Liverpool, led by Luis Suarez, has a four-point lead over Yaya Touré and Man City, but the visitors have two games in hand. If the Reds can win at storied Anfield, they'll have a real chance to win their first ever Premier League title. 

Barcelona at Granada 

1:55 p.m. Saturday (beIN Sport) 

For the first time in six years, Barcelona is out of the Champions League before the semifinals. The blaugrana, with superstar Lionel Messi, can make up for being knocked out by Spanish rival Atlético Madrid - at least a little bit - by winning the Spanish league title, a feat which is very much in reach. Granada, meanwhile, is struggling to avoid relegation. 

Paris Saint-Germain at Lyon 

2:55 p.m. Sunday (beIN Sport) 

PSG proved it has arrived as one of Europe's elite clubs by reaching the Champions League quarterfinals. But Edison Cavani and company narrowly fell to Chelsea, so now their focus returns to domestic action. Lyon used to enjoy the lofty perch that PSG now inhabits - it won seven straight French titles from 2002 through 2008. They're stuck in fifth this season, but will relish a chance to rub shoulders with the nouveau riche.

Columbus Crew at San Jose Earthquakes 

3:00 p.m. Sunday (UniMás) 

Columbus has been the most surprising team this year in Major League Soccer. With former U.S. national team defender Gregg Berhalter as its new head coach, the Crew are tied with Toronto atop the Eastern Conference. Federico Higuaín is one of MLS' best playmakers. San Jose counters with its powerful “Bash Brothers” attack, led by Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart. 

West Ham United at Arsenal 

2:45 p.m. Tuesday (NBCSN) 

While City and Liverpool are flying high, Arsenal is in freefall. Long a power in the Premier League, Olivier Giroud and the Gunners are languishing in fourth place. If they don't start winning soon, they could miss out on next season's Champions League - and the big cash prize that comes with it.

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