MLS FINAL; MADRID DERBY AND MORE….
Several high profile not-to-be-missed matches on tap for this weekend……
Saturday, December 1, 2012:
12:30pm ET Bayern Munich v B. Dortmund (Bundesliga)
……….LIVE on GOL-TV
– Bayern threaten to run away with the Bundesliga title even before we reach the halfway mark. 10 points ahead of 2nd place Bayer Leverkusen and 11 ahead of Dortmund, another victory here would place Bayern in a commanding lead that only a crash in form in the spring would threaten another title. But even on home soil, Bayern cannot take Dortmund lightly. Having clinched a place in the knockout stage of the Champions league, Dortmund can place all of their concentration on this match. Worth noting that Dortmund have come out victorious in their last 4 encounters versus Bayern in the Bundesliga.
..2:45pm ET Ajax v PSV Eindhoven (Eredivisie)
……….LIVE on ESPN Deportes
– Always an entertaining encounter when these 2 Eredivisie giants meet. PSV sit on top of Eredivisie and 6 points ahead of 4th place Ajax. PSV have netted 11 goals in just their last 2 Eredivisie matches. Ajax have not allowed PSV to walk away with maximum points from The Amsterdam Arena in their last 4 here. An Ajax win would only make things more crowded on top of Eredivisie.
..4:00pm Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
……….LIVE on beINSport
– Its been a long time since the Madrid Derby had so much at stake. Its Atletico who find themselves only 3 points behind league leaders Barcelona while Real find themselves 8 more points adrift. It’s been 21 La Liga matches – back to October 1999 – since Atletico have defeated Real Madrid. You can add a couple of Copa del Rey matches to that for a grand total of 23 matches without a win for Atletico. This match should be full of emotion and expect a very determined Atletico team out to prove that la Liga can be more than a 2-team league.
..4:30pm ET LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo (MLS Cup Final)
……….LIVE on ESPN and TeleFutura
– Another MLS season comes to a close. A very good matchup albeit a surprising one considering both team’s regular season standings. LA Galaxy enjoy home field advantage due to a better regular season record but that isn’t doing them any favors considering Houston’s incredible away playoff record. As if a Final isn’t enough, now we can add the fact that this has become the farewell to the MLS for one David Beckham.
Sunday, December 2, 2012:
..7:30am MK Dons v Wimbledon (FA Cup)
……….LIVE on FoxSoccer Channel
– If you are not familiar with the history of these clubs, this match may have very little meaning. But in England, most are aware of the history and what it means for these two clubs to meet for the very first time. Briefly, MK Dons (Milton Keynes Dons) were Wimbledon until 2004 after the Wimbledon club was relocated to Milton Keynes a year earlier. The club even retained Wmbledon’s past records until 2007. To say the move some 90 km north of their south London home since 1889 was unpopular with their fans is an understatement. It was the supporters that created a new club (official name AFC Wimbledon) that on Sunday travel those now legendary 90 kilometers to meet their past.