This is weekend has so much going on: El Clásico, the kickoff of the NASL, the Rome Derby, and the last stretch of the EPL title race.
Barcelona v Real Madrid is not only the biggest rivalry is Spain but also the most followed in the world and although Barcelona have effectively won the league, this is a match that doesn't turn on just that. Real Madrid spanked Sevilla 4-0 before the international break while Barca are on a 26 match unbeaten run in the league. Los Cules did slip in their last match, only getting a draw against Villarreal after being up two-nil. You've got to give the edge to Barca at home but this one will be good.
NASL kicks off this weekend with two big announcements. Their new beIN deal is huge, bringing their games to a national audience and it makes a big statement about the rise of the sport in this country that second division soccer is getting such coverage. The second is San Francisco Deltas who will allow NASL to keep their division 2 status by having a team on the west coast. Strikers host new team Miami FC in a Florida derby in the first match on beIN. Kleberson of Brazil's 2002 World Cup win and Indy Eleven is the familiar face on the Strikers while Miami has Nesta and Maldini in the front office and Wilson Palacios, formerly of Stoke and Spurs, on the field. The other NASL match on the list is a replay of Soccer Bowl 2015 between Cosmos v Ottawa. Cosmos beat a ten-man Ottawa 3-2 with 4 of those goals in the last twenty minutes.
The best match in the EPL this weekend is Spurs vs Liverpool. Both sides play a similar high-pressing game which could lead to a lot of action and because of how many Spurs players have gotten call-ups to the international level, their energy levels could suffer. Poch has done a brilliant job of managing fatigue up to this point in the season but this match will be tough especially considering that Liverpool has won five of their last six meetings.
Leicester has kept racking up three points but this next one will be tough. The Foxes last four wins have been of the 1-nil variety and goals are harder to come by. Southampton are on the cusp of a Champions League spot and fought back to beat Liverpool 3-2 after going 2-nil down. They could get something out of this and tighten up the title race.
Saturday April 2
1230 - EPL - Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - NBC
1430 - La Liga - Barcelona v Real Madrid - beIN Sports
1900 - NASL - Fort Lauderdale Strikers v Miami FC - beIN Sports
2200 - MLS - Vancouver Whitecaps v LA Galaxy - MLS Live
Sunday April 3
830 - EPL - Leicester City v Southampton - NBCSN
900 - Serie A - Lazio v Roma - beIN Sports
1100 - EPL - Manchester United v Everton - NBCSN
1500 - USL - Bethlehem Steel v FC Cincinnati - Youtube
1800 - NASL - New York Cosmos v Ottawa Fury - ESPN 3
Let me know what you think!