Thursday, 1 October 2015

Selected Weekend TV Preview 2 - 4 October

(All times UK)

Friday 2 October

Wolfsburg Women v SC Freiburg Women, Women's Bundesliga, 17:00, British Eurosport / British Eurosport HD

Eurosport have shown plenty of Champions league and international women's football but to my knowledge have not shown any Frauen Bundesliga. This is probably one of the strongest leagues in Europe and we can only hope that it finds an audience here in the UK. The season is only three weeks old and Wolfsburg are looking to bounce back after their narrow defeat to league leaders and Champions Bayern Munich. Freiburg got their first three points in the last matchday with a 6-1 win against Cologne.

Rotherham United v Burnley, Championship, 19:45, Sky Sports 5

Rotherham's form had improved, winning their last two games, before the departure of manager and convicted criminal Steve Evans. Conversely, Burnley had dropped points in their last two games and are down to seventh.

Saturday 3 October

Crystal Palace v West Brom, Premier League, 12:45, BT Sport 1

Just the one entry for Saturday on account of the sheer volume of tasty fixtures on Sunday. The Pulis Derby becomes the focus of attention. Truly this is a fixtures that only the fans could love. Albion's hilarious capitulation to Everton last Monday will focus the mind of Tony Pulis to the task of undoing his former club just as he did last season. But will it be a case of fool me once... for Alan Pardew and his men?

Sunday 4 October

Everton v Liverpool, Premier League, 13:30, Sky Sports 1

Both clubs are struggling for relevance in this new football age. Liverpool are still having trouble reconciling the fact that they are, for now at least, a second tier Premier league club. Everton seem a little more comfortable in their skin but you sense that there is an understandable frustration that the game has passed them by, at least until they extent or move to new stadiums. However, the Merseyside Derby remains a must watch fixture even for cynical eurosnobs such as the author.

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga, 16:30, BT Sport Europe

Top of the table clash that had it be on three weeks ago might have more potential for an upset (an upset being a Dortmund win). However, BVB have dropped points at Hoffenheim and inexplicably against Darmstadtat the   Westfelen last Sunday. Bayern in the meantime and improved and Robert Lewandowski will line up against his old club in terrifying  form having scored 10 (ten) goals in the last 3 (three) games.

Chelsea Ladies v Sunderland AFC Ladies , FA Women's Super League, 18:00, BT Sport 1

The climax of the WSL is upon us. With one matchday left it's all on Chelsea not to blow the title as they did last year. Beat a Sunderland team that have not won in their last four or risk being overtaken by Manchester City. In all likelihood BT will cut to the City v Notts County game if and when they take the lead. Could be a nail biter for Chelsea fans.

PSG v Marseille, Ligue 1, 20:00, BT Sport 2

This heavyweight clash is counterbalanced by the atrocious form of the away side. Their latest embarassement was a 2-1 home revese to Angers. Still there is something wrong with the world when a PSG v OM match is not worth observing even if it is on your tablet while concentrating on the Madrid derby on the other side.