WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
La Liga: Atletico Madrid at Barcelona, 9 a.m. Saturday, beIN Sports. Atletico slipped to a draw last weekend against Sevilla, dropping it into a tie with Barcelona for the league lead — and Barca has a game in hand. The visitors boast perhaps the best defense in Europe, but they’ll face a tall order keeping Barca’s big three — Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez — off the scoreboard.
FA Cup: West Ham at Liverpool, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, FS2. It’s been quite the week for Liverpool. Last weekend, the Reds won a 5-4 thriller at Norwich after scoring in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Tuesday, Liverpool needed penalties to beat Stoke City and go through to the League Cup final. More excitement might be needed; West Ham has beaten Liverpool twice already this year.
FA Cup: Everton at Carlisle United, 7:30 a.m. Sunday, FS2. Just one month ago, Carlisle’s stadium was entirely under water, as the Cumbria region endured its worst flooding in decades. The Carlisle players, away at an early-round FA Cup game, returned to find their cars submerged. Now, the League Two side hosts Everton. Can Carlisle wash away its Premier League visitors?
Men’s friendly: Iceland at U.S., 3 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2. It will take a while for the Americans’ disappointing 2015 to fade from memory, but perhaps a pair of winnable friendlies (this, and Friday against Canada) will help ease the pain. A few well-known U.S. players are away with their club teams; this might be a chance to see some up-and-coming young players get playing time.