The Estadio Azteca will play host to the biggest match in Mexican football on Saturday afternoon as manager Matias Almeyda guides his Chivas team against Club America. Almeyda was appointed to replace the sacked Jose Manuel de la Torre as Guadalajara’s new chief on September 15th and will look to build off of last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Querataro. The Argentinean coach will look to captain Omar Bravo for scoring against America’s defense, which leads Liga MX with five clean sheets in nine games. Chivas is three points out of playoff position with eight games left in the Apertura regular season.
America is looking for their seventh victory in the last eight league matches against its biggest rival. America’s manager, Ignacio Ambriz, will look to the attacking duo of Oribe Peralta and Dario Benedetto to carve up a Chivas defense that has only logged one clean sheet during the Apertura. All of the action from Mexico City can be seen on Saturday starting at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Univision Deportes. Other big matches in Mexico over the weekend include league leaders Leon traveling to Querataro to face the White Roosters on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Univision Deportes. Second place Pumas welcome Tigres to the Estadio Olimpico Universitario on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Univision Deportes.
The Best of the Rest for the Weekend
In France, ZLATAN and Paris Saint-Germain look to remain undefeated as they travel to Nantes to play a Canaries team suffering through a three game losing streak that has them on the relegation zone’s doorstep. All of the action from La Beaujoire-Louis in Western France can be seen on beIN SPORTS CONNECT (streaming) on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Red hot, second-place Saint-Etienne hosts Nice on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. EDT, also on beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
On to Italy, where the top two in the table meet as Inter Milan welcome Fiorentina to the San Siro on beIN Sports on Sunday at 2:45 p.m. EDT. Juventus travels to Napoli on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. EDT on beIN Sports.
In La Liga, the game of the week showcases third place Villarreal against fourth place Atletico Madrid from the Estadio El Madrigal on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. EDT on beIN Sports en Espanol. League leaders Real Madrid welcome Malaga to the Bernabeu on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. EDT on beIN Sports. Malaga is still looking for their first goal of the season, while Real conceded its first score during a midweek 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao. Barcelona, still reeling from a 4-1 thrashing during the midweek at the hands of Celta de Vigo look to return to winning ways against Las Palmas on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. EDT on beIN Sports.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich, still basking in the glow of Robert Lewandowski’s awesomeness travel to the Coface Arena to face Mainz 05 on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Fox Sports 2. Borussia Dortmund hope to shrug off a midweek 1-1 tie to Hoffenheim as they host Darmstadt 98 on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Fox Sports 2.
In the Premier League, the game of the week sees league leaders Manchester City travel to the North of London to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. EDT on NBCSN. Chelsea will travel to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle United on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN. The match weekend closes out on Monday afternoon as Tim Howard and Everton travel to West Bromwich Albion at 3:00 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.
The MLS has three nationally broadcast games on tap for Sunday afternoon. In the first tilt, Sporting KC welcomes the Seattle Sounders to Sporting Park on ESPN at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Next, the San Jose Earthquakes host Real Salt Lake in a match vitally important to both sides’ playoff hopes at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports 1. Finally, the StubHub Center in Carson, California will be the stage for a tussle between the 2nd and 3rd place clubs in the Western Conference as the LA Galaxy meet Dallas at 9:30 p.m. EDT.