WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
Serie A: Atalanta at Napoli, 11 a.m. Saturday, beIN. Atalanta is a club with an outdated stadium in a small, distant suburb of Milan, and usually an afterthought. This year, though, a run of good results has the team pushing for its first European place in nearly three decades. Taking down third-place Napoli would move fifth-place Atalanta within striking distance of the top three.
Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt at Hertha Berlin, 11:30 Saturday, FS2. Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig have separated themselves at the top of the German league. Five other teams are within four points of each other, all fighting for Champions League qualification. One point separates fifth (Eintracht) from sixth (Hertha). This is one of those proverbial six-point games.
League Cup Final: Manchester United vs. Southampton, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, beIN. The first and least-loved English trophy of the year is up for grabs. Jose Mourinho, in his first year at Old Trafford, is favored to add a trophy to Manchester United’s overstuffed trophy case. Southampton, which keeps plugging away despite offseason departures every year, is looking to pull another upset.
La Liga: Real Madrid at Villareal, 1:45 p.m. Sunday, beIN. Villareal has stumbled through 2017 so far, but a victory at Real Sociedad last week closed the gap significantly on the teams at the top. Real Madrid lost Wednesday to Valencia and suddenly its one-point lead on Barcelona — still with one game in hand — doesn’t look so huge. Can Villareal add to the leader’s woes?