What to Watch This Weekend (Sept 11-12)

September 10, 2010 — by Suman1

Milan's new signings

We’re finally launching what will be a weekly feature (aimed at our US readers): a guide to the televised matches you’ll want to schedule your weekend around.  With the plethora of leagues (Prem, Champion, Bundes, La Liga, Serie A, etc.) and channels (FSC, FSE, ESPN/2/3, GolTV)*, plus all the time zone and tape delay issues–and it can be no small task to figure out when and where to watch (or record) the most relevant game(s) of the coming weekend.  Our plan is to do that task for you.

WaPo’s SoccerInsider usefully compiles and posts a full listing of televised matches for the coming weekend; see here for this weekend’s edition. But nothing really jumps out of that long list as must-see TV.

Indeed, I checked in with the CultFootball brain trust and got feedback from Coach Larry:

There isn’t much to watch this weekend in terms of known quality playing each other.  I am hesitant to highlight an internet-only broadcast and I especially don’t like ever recommending a match being shown on tape.

Having said all that, the best pure matchup is Bilbao v Atletico Madrid, unless you guys have an insight into the Mexican league.  If forced to watch one of the “big” teams play, I’d lean toward either the Gelled One returning for Real, or Arsenal hosting Bolton (true live and most accessible).

and subsequently from Sean:

I’d watch AC Milan against the newly promoted Cesena, only to see their new strikeforce in action.

So here are our recommendations (all times ET):

Saturday, Sept 11
Arsenal-Bolton 10 a.m. FSC
Real Madrid-Osasuna 2 p.m. ESPN Deportes

Sunday, Sept 12
Athletic Bilbao-Atletico Madrid 4 p.m. GolTV

And if somehow that’s not enough soccer for you, and you have nothing better to do on Monday afternoon…

Monday, Sept 13
Stoke City-Aston Villa 3 p.m. ESPN Deportes

One comment

  • Suman

    September 16, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Oops, just realized I forgot to include Sean’s AC Milan-Cesena suggestion among the final list above. And turns out that was one to watch–we should still post something on that on.

    But what about what matches to watch this weekend? Def Man U-Liverpool & Barcelona-Atl Madrid (both Sunday); I’d also add Arsenal-Sunderland (Sat). Though haven’t looked to see what’s actually going to televised on this side of the pond.

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