Soccer TV: Manchester United vs Newcastle

manchester-united-logo-premier-league-large-soccerThe club schedule returns following the November international break on the weekend soccer TV schedule . The Madrid derby is on beIN Sport on Saturday. beIN Sport also has the Rome derby. Saturday's Premier League schedule has the North London derby on NBCSN and Manchester United plays Newcastle on NBC. Manchester United vs Newcastle at 12:20pm on NBC. DeAndre Yedlin returns from USMNT duty with Newcastle United on the road at Old Trafford. Manchester United is in 2nd-place in the Premier League table, tied on points with 3rd-place Spurs and trailing leaders Manchester City by eight points. Newcastle is in 11th, a point behind 10th-place Huddersfield Town. Prior to the international break, Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea. Newcastle lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth. “I respect him as both a person and as a professional," Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez. "He is with me Continue reading "Soccer TV: Manchester United vs Newcastle"

Ready for some club football? Enjoy these four huge derbies on Saturday

The big leagues are returning in style with four big derbies: Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal, Roma v Lazio, Basaksehir v Galatasaray and Atlético v Real Madrid By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network The first North London derby of the season gets the ball rolling again in the Premier League this weekend as Arsenal aim to keep pace with Spurs after the clubs’ fortunes were well and truly reversed last season. While Mauricio Pochettino led Tottenham to their second successive top-three finish, Arsenal dropped out of the Champions League places for the first time under Arsène Wenger’s management. Continue reading...

The 10 most improved players in Europe’s big leagues this season

As the big European leagues take a week off for the final international break of the year, it’s a good time to praise the players who have stepped up this season By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network Not to be confused with Dortmund Borussia forward Maximilian Philipp, Augsburg left-back Philipp Max is enjoying an excellent season with the club. Signed as a replacement for Chelsea-bound Baba Rahman in 2015, the 24-year-old had not really secured his place in the first team until this season but he is realising his potential now. Continue reading...

From crisis to topping La Liga: how Ernesto Valverde stabilised Barcelona

The calm and popular manager has put Lionel Messi centre stage while turning Neymar’s departure into an opportunity to recalibrate the team’s setup At the start of the season Gerard Piqué admitted that for the first time he felt “inferior”. Barcelona had just lost the Super Cup: Real Madrid had scored five, Barcelona just one – and that was a penalty. Neymar had gone, 11 days after Piqué announced he was staying and 16 days since the vice-president said he was “200% sure” he wouldn’t leave. Coutinho hadn’t come yet and wouldn’t come at all. And nor had Marco Verratti, Héctor Bellerín, or even Ángel Di María. Iñigo Martínez was done then undone and in Nice, where “the walls shook”, Jean Michaël Seri “exploded”. In the editor’s office at El Mundo Deportivo, walls shook too, phones rang and, near midnight, presses stopped, a front page hurriedly changed from “Seri Day” Continue reading "From crisis to topping La Liga: how Ernesto Valverde stabilised Barcelona"

European roundup: Paco Alcácer double helps Barcelona beat Sevilla

• Barcelona four points clear at top of La Liga after 2-1 victory
• Sampdoria beat Genoa 2-0; Edinson Cavani hits 100th Ligue 1 goalPaco Alcácer was Barcelona’s match-winner, his double helping the La Liga leaders to a 2-1 home success over Sevilla for their 10th victory in 11 games. The recalled Alcácer, who endured a disappointing first season at the Camp Nou, was making only his second league start of the campaign. He made an impact by putting the hosts ahead midway through the first half. Continue reading...