League play around the world is wrapping up in anticipation of World Cup 2014. I’ve got details on the English Premier League, La Liga and more. Here are the highlights in the coming week!
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
All 10 Matches Sunday will air on 10 TV Networks at One Time – Live at 9:00 AM CT
NBC hosts coverage of first-place Manchester City v. West Ham, with a Man City win crowning them Premier League champions for the second time in three seasons. Second-place Liverpool face Newcastle Sunday on NBCSN, needing a Manchester City loss and a victory of their own to win their first-ever Premier League title. Liverpool’s Luis Suárez also can break the 38-match season Premier League scoring record with one goal, surpassing the record of 31 goals that he currently shares with Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) and Alan Shearer (1995–96).
Premier League “Championship Sunday” matches on May 11 will be televised live on the following networks of NBCUniversal, all at 9 a.m. CT. In addition, a special one-hour Premier League Countdown: Championship Sunday preview show airs Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CT on NBCSN featuring Lowe, Mustoe, Earle and Martino.
|Date||Time||Home v. Away||Network|
|Sat May 10||4:30 p.m.||Premier League Countdown: Championship Sunday||NBCSN|
|Sun May 11||8 a.m.||Premier League Live||CNBC|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Manchester City v. West Ham United||NBC|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Liverpool v. Newcastle United||NBCSN|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Tottenham Hotspur v. Aston Villa||USA|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Cardiff City v. Chelsea||CNBC|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Norwich City v. Arsenal||MSNBC|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Hull City v. Everton||Bravo|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Southampton v. Manchester United||Syfy|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Sunderland v. Swansea City||Esquire Network|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Fulham v. Crystal Palace||E!|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||West Bromwich Albion v. Stoke City||Oxygen|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Manchester City v. West Ham United||mun2*|
|Sun May 11||9 a.m.||Liverpool v. Newcastle United||Telemundo*|
|Sun May 11||11 a.m.||Goal Zone||NBC & NBCSN|
|Sun May 11||1 p.m.||Premier League Live: The Champions||NBCSN|
In addition, all 10 Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
NBCSN’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features the Portland Timbers hosting the LA Galaxy on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT, immediately following NBCSN’s coverage of Premier League “Championship Sunday.”
Saturday 15:00 – Sporting Kansas City @ Impact – Univision Deportes
Saturday 18:00 – Chicago Fire @ Red Bulls – MLS Live
Sunday 13:30 – Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles Galaxy – NBC Sports
Sunda 14:00 – Chivas USA @ Rapids – UniMas
Sunday 17:00 – New England vs Seattle – MLS Live
Sunday 18:00 – Real Salt Lake @ Dynamo – MLS Live
LA LIGA (SPAIN)
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético ensure a delicious La Liga finish – La Liga is going to the final day and, brilliantly, there are still three teams in it. Oh, and on that final day, two of them will meet!
Via The Guardian – Barcelona, despite doing everything within their power to divest themselves of their title, are still in with a chance of retaining it – all they need do is beat Atlético in both teams’ final game. On the other hand, if Atlético can first hang on, and then win the European Cup, they will achieve one of the greatest footballing feats of all-time.
If second-place Barcelona wins its final two games — at struggling Elche on Sunday and home to league-leading Atlético Madrid next Saturday — it will take the title on goal difference. Not bad for a disappointing season that will probably cost Manager Tata Martino his job. But if Barça wins La Liga, don’t weep for the current leader, Atlético, and third-place Real Madrid: they will battle for a shiny consolation prize in the Champions League final on May 24.
Broadcaster beIN Sports is taking the unique approach of simulcasting all three games
Sunday 11:30 – Atletico Madrid/Barcelona/Real Madrid Simulcast – beIN Sports
In addition, the full games can be seen on the beIN Live Stream
As for after the weekend, a few games of note:
Tuesday 13:30 – Friendly: Germany vs. Poland – ESPN3
Wednesday 13:30 – Europa League Final: Sevilla vs. Benfica – Fox Sports 1 / ESPN Deportes
Wednesday 19:30 – Philadelphia Union visit Sporting Kansas City (MLS Live)
which means St Louis native Mike Sorber, now an assistant with the Union, will be close to home on his birthday!