Previewing the weekend's biggest European soccer matches.
A home defeat would drop Rafael Benitez’s club to six points off the pace, and with only an away fixture in the second half of the season left as an opportunity make up points directly.
While every North London Derby offers excitement, this year’s should be more than that.
The Blues have fallen from deserving title winners to 15th place in the span of one summer.
Louis van Gaal’s side will need to rely more on chance creation than on finishing.
This weekend’s matches provide several key matchups for Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham.
The United States called up a full-strength side to the home Gold Cup and never impressed.
In an English Premier League where wages correlate strongly with results, Liverpool performed around par for Rodgers.
The Gunners have been shut out in three of their first seven matches, and their 10 goals scored place them seventh in the league behind Norwich City.
Barca remains strongly favored in most of its matches even if the club is significantly weakened.