What to Watch this Weekend (March 12th & 13th)

This weekend’s action is dominated by MLS and FA Cup Quarter-Finals. It kicks off with Everton hosting Chelsea. The last match between these two was one of those that Everton fought back to lead in extra time only to not do their jobs and concede an even later equalizer, leading to Martinez complaining to anybody who would listen. In fairness, Terry was way offside for that goal. Everton come into this game with another gutting oss, this time to West Ham. After being a man down for over an hour and missing a penalty, the Toffees conceded three in the last 15 minutes to lose 3-2. With both of these teams safely in mid-table and Chelsea dropping out of the Champions League midweek, this cup is all that’s left to play for. United will host West Ham in the cup, the team with the best record in the division away at Old Trafford. Both of the last two matches ended in draws. MUFC is expected to play a full strength side as they did against Shrewsbury, Derby, and Sheffield United in previous rounds. This one will be a good matchup.

In the MLS the tightest match is probably Revs v DC United, teams who met in last year’s playoffs knockout, which United won 2 to 1. Both sides had disappointing results last week, Revs drawing 3-3 with Dynamo and United losing 4-1 at LA, and will be looking to bounce back against an old rival. NYCFC can’t be said to have had a good season last year but they did beat this week's opponent, Toronto, twice. While NYCFC labored to a 4-3 win over Chicago last week, Toronto had to work just as hard with Red Bulls until a penalty was awarded in the 81st minute which Giovinco slotted away. Last is the Texas Derby which has been pretty lopsided as of late. Dallas have won the last seven meetings between these two.

In Germany, Dortmund will host Mainz, who are hot off of their upset win in Munich, a result that helped Dortmund close the gap on the Bavarians to just 5 points. The opposite fixture saw Der BVB run out 2-nil winners, Aubameyang assisting Reus and Mkhitaryan. This is the second time Mainz will have to face their old manager, Tuchel, who spent 5 years at the club and is doing quite well with Dortmund.

The match of the weekend is Sevilla v Villarreal, two teams fighting for the last Champions League spot. While there’s currently an 8 point gap, a result for Sevilla and upcoming matches for the Yellow Submarine against Barca and Real Madrid could see that evaporate. Sevilla have won their last twelve home matches.

Saturday March 12
•    1230  -  FA Cup Quarter Final  -  Everton v Chelsea  -  Fox Sports 2/Deportes/2Go
•    1500  -  MLS  -  New England Revolution v DC United  -  MLS Live    
•    2030  -  MLS  -  Houston Dynamo v FC Dallas  -  MLS Live
Sunday March 13
•    1100  -  La Liga  -  Sevilla v Villarreal  -  beIN Sports Español
•    1200  -  FA Cup Quarter Final  -  Manchester United v West Ham United  -  Fox Sports 1/Deportes/2Go
•    1230  -  Bundesliga  -  Borussia Dortmund v Mainz  -  Fox Sports 2/2Go
•    1700  -  MLS  -  NYCFC v Toronto FC  -  ESPN2, Watch ESPN