WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
Premier League: Chelsea at Stoke City, 9 a.m. Saturday, CNBC. Under manager Mark Hughes, Stoke has strived to shed the image as phlegmatic, violent, anti-soccer mercenaries that it acquired under Tony Pulis — but even so, it’s still hard to win at Stoke. Chelsea needs to keep pace with the Manchester sides.
Premier League: Liverpool at Leicester City, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 11. Strangely, this is a rerun of Tuesday’s League Cup match — same two teams, same location. Leicester City won that one 2-0, with Liverpool struggling for any sort of answers. Can Jurgen Klopp right the Reds’ ship in only four days?
NWSL: Portland at Orlando, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime. There’s plenty to play for, especially since the match could be a playoff preview, with both teams likely to be in the NWSL final four. Portland still harbors hopes of a second consecutive regular-season title, but probably needs to win to have a chance.
Bundesliga: Borussia Monchengladbach at Borussia Dortmund, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, FS2. German fans are used to seeing Bayern Munich at the top of the table, but after five games, it’s Dortmund on top. BVB hasn’t conceded a goal yet this year, a sterling defensive record that not many expected.