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Games to Watch: FA Cup, La Liga, Serie A, Liga MX

Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester City

Games to Watch: FA Cup, La Liga, Serie A, Liga MX

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Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester City 

7:30 a.m. Saturday (Fox Sports 1)

The Premier League takes this weekend off, but the FA Cup steps up to fill in the gap. Big-spending City, led by Yaya Touré, make a short trip across northwest England for this third round game. Blackburn used to be a top-flight stalwart, but is now languishing in the second division. Top scorer Jordan Rhodes will try to help pull off an upset.

Rochdale vs. Leeds United

10:00 a.m. Saturday (Fox Sports 1)

Part of the allure of the FA Cup is that big teams can get sent to play at lesser teams on their home turf. Fourth-tier Rochdale’s home seats just over 10,000 fans, and it will likely be packed this weekend as one of England’s old powers pays a visit.

Leeds used to be an English giant, and was in the Champions League in 2001. But bankruptcy led to two relegations, and years of hard work to recover. Jamaican national team stalwart Rodolph Austin has West Yorkshire dreaming of a return to glory.

Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur

12:00 p.m. Saturday (Fox)

Because the FA Cup draw is random, you’re as likely to get a clash of giants as you are a David-and-Goliath matchup. This game is about as big as it gets.

Arsenal are in first place in the Premier League, but have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks. Arch-rival Tottenham, led by Christian Eriksen, will relish a trip across North London for a knockout game against their biggest rival. To up the ante, new Spurs manager Tim Sherwood hasn’t lost since taking the job on December 23.

And yes, that's Fox over-the-air, not cable. If you can't find it, I'm not helping you this time.

Club América vs. Tigres UANL

5:50 p.m. Saturday (Univision)

Mexico’s spring season, also known as the Torneo Clausura, kicks off with this matchup off two giants. América, led by forward Raúl Jiménez, finished as the runner-up in the autumn playoffs. Tigres’ veteran squad includes Mexican star Carlos Salcido and U.S. national team playmaker José Francisco Torres.

Derby County vs. Chelsea

9:00 a.m. Sunday (Fox Sports 1)

This FA Cup game is one for the soccer historians out there. Derby became world-famous in the 1960s and 70s under the late, legendary manager Brian Clough. He guided the Rams to the top flight in 1969, and the club’s first ever championship in 1972. They’ve been in the second tier for most of the time since then. A home game against one of England’s giants will bring a welcome spotlight back to Pride Park.

Manchester United vs. Swansea City

11:25 a.m. Sunday (Fox Sports 1)

New United manager David Moyes is back on the hot seat after a New Year’s Day home loss to Tottenham. A win over Swansea in the FA Cup would help relieve some of that pressure. Swansea’s hopes of an upset lie with Ivorian forward Wilfried Bony, who has six goals in the Premier League this season.

FC Barcelona vs. Elche

9:55 a.m. Sunday (beIN Sport)

Spain’s La Liga returns from its winter break this weekend, and all eyes will be on the Camp Nou to see whether Barcelona star Lionel Messi returns from a thigh injury. If he can’t, Brazilian star Neymar will lead the attack. If the two can play together, expect fireworks from European soccer’s most star-studded front line.

Juventus vs. AS Roma

2:40 p.m. Sunday (beIN Sport)

The top two teams in Italy meet as the second half of the Serie A schedule kicks off. U.S. national team star Michael Bradley leads second-place Roma against Carlos Tévez and first-place Juve, which can extend its lead to eight points with a win.


There are a few other FA Cup games this weekend on channels that are less widely distributed than Fox Sports 1. But if you have access to those channels, or the Fox Soccer 2 Go online package, you can watch these matchups:

Saturday

9:55 a.m.: Grimbsy Town vs. Huddersfield Town, Fox Sports 2
9:55 a.m.: Macclesfield Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday, Fox Soccer Plus

Sunday

7:00 a.m.: Nottingham Forest vs. West Ham United, Fox Sports 2

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