We’re into Matchday 5 of the English Premier League, 4 for La Liga. However, a premium channel tier dispute between DirecTV and beIn Sports has taken La Liga broadcasts off my TV. Since beIn is from the Al Jazeera group, I’ll irresponsibly declare that this smells like protectionist crap. But you never know what lurks behind disputes between giant telecom corps. Behind the first two layers of greed, I mean.
Here are the games in Spain, for those resolute enough to find a stream.
La Liga – All times Central
Atlético Madrid vs. Eibar – 6:00 AM
Being up this early should involve a beach or intimacy. It’s a Saturday dammit!
Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona – 9:15 AM
Today Messi is back from a 14-day break, after skipping the Argentina friendlies during last week’s international break. All he’s done in the first three games is score four goals and have two assists. Barcelona hosts a Champions League game on Tuesday against PSV Eindhoven, which bodes well for substitutions drama.
Valencia vs Real Betis – 11:30 AM
I don’t mind much being blacked out from this game. Instead, I’ll tell you how to pass the time during a blackout. Since there’s little to do, keep things lively by picking at old emotional scars.
Athletic Bilbao vs Fucken Real Madrid
Bale and Benzema have scored seven goals with one assist in their first three games. Meanwhile in Italy,
In yet another instance of woeful underuse of Backpack in a scene. For shame.
EPL – All times Central
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool – 6:30 AM NBC Sports
This will be a dynamite game. On the other hand,
Man City vs Fulham – 9:00 AM NBC Sports
Fulham’s scored six goals in its last two games. Man City should not score more than three, by halftime.
The rest of the 9:00 AM window:
Bournemouth vs Leicester City
The Cherries are sixth on the table right now, and have scored 1.75 goals per game. Lester is in full midtable form, being beat by Chelsea and Liverpoool, and defeating Soton and Wolves. Cromulence ahoy!
Newcastle vs Arsenal
Two teams supposed to be good, both are capable of even worse.
Chelski vs Cardiff City
Chelsea has been world beaters since the addition of new manager Maurizio Sarri and Rasputin soup to the dining room’s menu.
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Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace
The Huds have two goals in four games and relegation written all over. This game is the packing peanuts for the paid channel package.
Watord vs ManUre – 1230 AM NBC
Watford defeated Spurs in their last game and are a perfect 12 out of 12 points on the year–with a very respectable +6 in goal difference. Jose Mourinho has been the top whiner this season. I already bought his going away cake: