Friday, August 29, 2014
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The Week in Soccer

THE WEEK IN SOCCER

Barcelona at Granada

2 p.m. Saturday (beIN Sport)

For the first time in six years, Barcelona is out of the Champions League before the semifinals. Lionel Messi and company can make up for being knocked out by Atlético Madrid - at least a little bit - by grabbing the Spanish league title, which is very much in reach. Granada forward Youssef El Arabi has 12 goals, but his club is struggling to avoid relegation.

Manchester City at Liverpool

7:30 a.m. Sunday (NBC-SN)

It's the game of the year in the English Premier League. First-place Liverpool, led by Luis Suarez, has a four-point lead over Yaya Touré and third-place Man City, but the visitors have two games in hand and could have star striker Sergio Agüero back from injury.

Paris Saint-Germain at Lyon

3 p.m. Sunday (beIN Sport)

PSG's focus returns to domestic action after it was knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea. Paris' Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the French league's top goal-scorer, has gone home to Sweden for treatment on his injured hamstring, but Edison Cavani is second in the league. Lyon - winner of seven straight French titles from 2002 through 2008 - is stuck in fifth, and was knocked out of the Europa League by Juventus. Keep an eye on forward Bafétimbi Gomis.

Columbus Crew at San Jose Earthquakes

3 p.m. Sunday (UniMás)

With Federico Higuaín - one of Major League Soccer's best playmakers - and former U.S. national team defender Gregg Berhalter as head coach, the surprising Crew are tied with Toronto atop the Eastern Conference. 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 (NBC-SN)

Arsenal is in free fall in the Premier League, but the battered Gunners are still in the FA Cup, with a semifinal against Wigan on tap before they take on the cross-London rival Hammers. Striker Olivier Giroud may get some help, with Aaron Ramsey back from injury. West Ham counters with mercurial forward Andy Carroll. - Jonathan Tannenwald

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