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European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues

The Associated Press

Updated: Friday, January 25, 2019, 11:42 AM

After being knocked out of the League Cup by Arsenal in Wednesday’s semifinals, Chelsea hosts Newcastle in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend, and how to watch the games on U.S. TV and online:

Spain

After embarrassing elimination by Leganes in the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid returns to the league on Saturday to face a Valencia side it has struggled against in recent years (10:15 a.m., beIN Sports and beIN Sports Español).

Madrid hasn’t won at Valencia since 2013, losing twice in that period. The European champions were held to a 2-2 home draw by Valencia this season.

Fourth in the standings, Madrid trails Valencia by five points with a game in hand. Barcelona, which hosts relegation-threatened Alaves on Sunday (2:45 p.m., beIN Sports and beIN Sports Español), is 19 points ahead of Madrid and 11 in front of second-place Atletico Madrid.

Atletico, winless in three games and coming off elimination to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, hosts next-to-last Las Palmas on Sunday (6 a.m., beIN Sports Connect).

— By Tales Azzoni in Madrid

England

Chelsea is looking to avoid a second cup loss in four days.

After being knocked out of the League Cup by Arsenal in Wednesday’s semifinals, Chelsea hosts Newcastle in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday (8:30 a.m., Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes) with manager Antonio Conte again complaining about the lack of depth in his squad.

Liverpool is also in an all-Premier League match, Saturday against West Bromwich Albion (2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 2 and Fox Deportes), while Watford visits Southampton.

Manchester United is set to give Alexis Sanchez his debut on Friday against fourth-tier club Yeovil — the lowest-ranked team in the competition (2:55 p.m., Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes). Tottenham travels to Newport, which is also in the fourth tier, on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes).

Manchester City visits second-tier club Cardiff on Sunday (10:45 a.m., Fox Sports 2 and Fox Deportes) as the Premier League leaders continue their bid for an unlikely quadruple.

City has reached the League Cup final and is also through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

— By Steve Douglas in Manchester

Germany

The competition is fierce behind first-place Bayern Munich with four points separating second-place Bayer Leverkusen and Hannover in 10th.

The 20th round of games starts with Eintracht Frankfurt hosting Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday (2:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2 and Univision Deportes), with the winner rising to second. Even a draw would be enough for ‘Gladbach to overtake Leverkusen.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could return for Borussia Dortmund at home against Freiburg on Saturday (9:30 a.m., Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes). The troubled forward was left out of the squad for the last two games amid reports of a move to Arsenal.

Bernd Hollerbach will make his debut as Hamburger SV coach at Leipzig on Saturday (9:30 a.m., Fox Soccer Match Pass). Hamburg is in danger of relegation after six games without a win.

Bayern, which leads by 16 points, welcomes a Hoffenheim side on Saturday that has never won in Munich (9:30 a.m., Fox Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes).

— By Ciaran Fahey in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Italy

It looks like being a fight between Juventus and Napoli for the title.

Napoli, holding a one-point lead, hosts Bologna on Sunday (9 a.m., beIN Sports) while Juventus travels to Chievo Verona on Saturday (2:45 p.m., beIN Sports).

Third-place Lazio is eight points off the lead ahead of its match at AC Milan (12 p.m., beIN Sports), held three days before the teams meet in the first leg of the Italian Cup semifinals.

Inter Milan heads to relegation-threatened Spal (6:30 a.m., beIN Sports Connect) seeking a first win in the league since beating Chievo 5-0 on Dec. 3. Inter has slipped to fourth, 11 points behind Napoli.

— By Daniella Matar in Milan

France

With Paris Saint-Germain eight points clear, the fight for second place is turning into a three-way contest between Lyon, Marseille and Monaco.

Lyon is second, one point ahead of Marseille and two in front of Monaco, but there could be a shake-up this weekend.

In Sunday’s big game, Marseille’s well-organized defense will be put to the test by visiting Monaco (3 p.m., beIN Sports Connect). Marseille has kept a clean sheet in five straight games and in 10 of the past 13.

Although Monaco is leaking goals, it is at least potent in attack, scoring 20 in the past eight matches.

Lyon travels to Bordeaux on Sunday (11 a.m., beIN Sports Connect) with confidence high following Sunday’s home win against PSG and victory at Monaco in the French Cup on Wednesday.

PSG hosts Montpellier on Saturday (11 a.m., beIN Sports). While Montpellier has the best defense in the league with 15 goals conceded in 22 games, PSG has scored a division-high 68.

— By Jerome Pugmire in Paris

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Staff writer Jonathan Tannenwald contributed to this report.

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