All times are EST.
No Premier League matches this weekend, due to FA Cup action, but some potentially interesting matches this weekend, including a David v Goliath matchups on Saturday and on Sunday as well, although the one with the greater disparity is the Saturday game.
Chelsea v Everton, Fox Soccer Channel, 7:30 a.m. This is a replay of a fourth round match that ended in a tie at Everton’s Goodison Park home in Liverpool. This game is to be played at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium in London. It’s also a rematch of the 2009 final which Chelsea won. The game should feature two pretty good goalkeepers and should be worth the early wake up on Saturday. Everton is fourteenth in the Premier League and Chelsea is in fifth place.
Birmingham v Sheffield Wednesday, Fox Soccer Channel, 10:00 a.m. Birmingham is sitting in fourteenth place in the Premier League, while Sheffield Wednesday is in 16th place in League One (i.e., the third division in English Football).
Stoke City v Brighton & Hove Albion, Fox Soccer Plus 10:00 a.m. Stoke City is currently in tenth place in the Premier League, while Brighton is in first place in League One.
Here’s the major David v Goliath story: Manchester United v Crawley Town Fox Soccer Channel 12 noon. Manchester United, of course, is leading the Premier League and Crawley Town is in second place in the Football Conference (i.e., the fifth division in English Football). If Crawley Town wins this would be an upset of major proportions. Don’t count on it. This sort of matchup and the possibility – however slim – of Crawley Town winning are what makes the FA Cup a great competition.
Italian Serie A:
Fourteenth place Bologna (WDDWL) hosts seventh place Palermo (WLWWL) at 12 noon on Fox Soccer Plus.
Ninth place Cagliari (LWWLW) pays a visit to third place Inter Milan (WWWLW) at 2:30 pn Fox Soccer Channel.
League Leader Borussia Dortmund (WDWDD) hosts eleventh place St. Pauli (DWDWW), arguably the most eccentric team in any league on Gol TV at 9:30 a.m.
Spanish La Liga Primera:
Sixteenth place Sporting Gijon (WWWLD), fresh from not losing to Barcelona last weekend visits third place Valencia (WWDWW) at 12 noon on Gol TV.
Fifteenth place Levante (LLWWW) travels to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium to face second place Real Madrid (DWLWW) on ESPN Deportes at 1:55 p.m. on ESPN Deportes.
Seventeenth place Real Zaragoza (WWWDL) hosts eleventh place – and currently skidding downhill – Atlético Madrid (WLLLL) on ESPN Deportes at 3:55 p.m. on ESPN Deportes.