Saturday, April 18, 2015

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

Including the Montréal Impact's first ever nationally televised game in the United States.

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

Tottenham Hotspur at Wigan 

10:00 a.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) 

U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey moved to Tottenham last summer so he could play in the UEFA Champions League. Spurs sit one point out of England’s last qualifying spot for next season’s tournament, They must win this game to keep the pressure up on Chelsea and Arsenal.

FC Barcelona at Athletic Bilbao

11:55 a.m. Saturday (beIN Sport)

After suffering a 4-0 blowout loss at Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Barcelona returns to its pursuit of the Spanish league championship. The blaugrana are almost certain to cruise to the title, but could used a win in this game to get some confidence back.

Ajax Amsterdam at NAC Breda

2:45 p.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com)

The Dutch league title race has been among the most competitive in Europe this season. Ajax, led by young phenom Viktor Fischer, has a four-point lead with three games to play. One more win will almost seal the championship.

Chicago Fire at Montréal Impact

4:00 p.m. Saturday (NBC Sports Network)

It took until well into the Impact’s second season in MLS for the team to get a game on national TV, but it couldn’t have come at a better time. Montréal is one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams this season, and midfielder Patrice Bernier is an early candidate for MVP honors.

Manchester United at Arsenal

10:30 a.m. Sunday (Fox Soccer Channel)

It’s a Premier League tradition that when a team clinches the title, it gets a guard of honor from the opponent in its next game. The ceremony will be especially uncomfortable for Arsenal. The Gunners sold Robin Van Persie to United at the beginning of the season, then watched him do what he never could in London: win a championship.

Paris Saint-Germain at Evian

2:55 p.m. Sunday (beIN Sport)

Ten days after Evian knocked PSG out of the French cup, the two teams meet again. Expect the big-spending Parisians, led by Zlatan Ibrahimović and David Beckham, to step up their game this time.

Colorado Rapids at Houston Dynamo

5:00 p.m. Sunday (UniMás)

The Dynamo don’t have many big names or flashy characters, but they have two straight Eastern Conference championships. Brad Davis and Will Bruin form a formidable attacking force, especially at home. 

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