This is weekend has so much going on: Two matches with huge Champions League implications in the EPL, the Revierderby in Germany, a replay of the famous Drogba leglock game in MLS, and FC Cincinnati's first ever home match.
That last one is the one I'm most excited about. I've been following the growth of my hometown club since they announced last August and seen the growth of the Front Office and Supporters' Groups in the city. If you're going, read our write-up on all the things you need to know for the match. About one hundred miles away FC Cincy's biggest rival, Louisville City, will be playing the team that replaced them as Orlando City's USL affiliate. These two rivals will meet next week in Cincinnati. Elsewhere in the US, Crew are trying to get their season off the ground with a trip to Montreal. Last weeks draw with Dallas seemed to see a corner turned for the Crew. The return of Justin Meram means the squad that defeated Montreal on the way to the MLS Cup Final is back together. Expect this one to be feisty.
The EPL has two matches with huge implications on Champions League places. The first is between Arsenal and West Ham in the last London Derby at Boleyn Ground before the Hammers move to Olympic Stadium. This is gonna be a tough one with the Gunner seemingly finding their formula (after the title race is over) and West Ham undefeated in their last six. I would go with a draw. The other big match in the EPL is Spurs hosting United. Spurs have been winning in style lately but United has traditionally had it over the London side, only losing twice in the last 32 matches. Elsewhere Norwich take on a Crystal Palace side that has only has only grabbed three points in 2016. A win for the Canaries would be huge in not only putting some distance between the bottom three and themselves, but also it would drag Palace down into that dogfight.
Schalke v Dortmund is one of the biggest derbies in Germany. The challenge will be what does BVB's coach Tuchel prioritize the local rivalry and the league or the Europa League. The scoring draw that Liverpool took home with them puts Dortmund in a slightly tougher position to go through but being only five points off of Munich in the time of year when the Bavarians usually slip makes it a very difficult decision. Elsewhere in Germany Augsburg are battling Bremen to avoid slipping in the relegation places.
The last match is a Serie A meetup. After starting terribly Juventus are now six points clear at the top of the table and are on the path to grab their fifth Scudetto in a row. Milan haven't won in four while Juve are on five wins in a row.
Saturday April 9
745 - EPL - West Ham United v Arsenal - NBCSN
930 - Bundesliga - Werder Bremen v FC Augsburg - Fox Sports 2Go
1000 - EPL - Crystal Palace v Norwich - NBCSN
1445 - Serie A - AC Milan v Juventus - beIN Sports
1600 - MLS - Montreal Impact v Columbus Crew SC - MLS Live
1900 - USL - FC Cincinnati v Charlotte Independence - Youtube
1930 - USL - Louisville City FC v Orlando City B - Youtube
Sunday April 10
930 - Bundesliga - Schalke 04 v Borussia Dortmund - Fox Sports 1/2Go
1100 - EPL - Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - NBCSN
Let me know what you think!