WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
Premier League: Arsenal at Leicester City, 9 a.m. Saturday, USA. Many people, including me, picked Leicester City as relegation candidates — yet there it is, fourth in the standings and the only remaining undefeated team in the Premier League. Four games in a row, the Foxes have fallen behind; four games in a row, they’ve come back to earn at least a draw. The team’s penchant for falling behind may be a concern, but its comeback ability is impressive. Arsenal, meanwhile, will be hoping to use a midweek League Cup win against rival Tottenham to forget a league loss to Chelsea last weekend.
Liga MX: Guadalajara at Club America, 5 p.m. Saturday, Univision. Whether you speak Spanish or not, the game they call “El Super Clasico” is worth a watch. The biggest rivalry in Mexican soccer is also, occasionally, the most riotous. America, based in Mexico City, is having a better time of it in the fall season, and is only three points off Club Leon’s pace; Guadalajara, popularly known as “Chivas,” is mired in the bottom half of the standings. That said, this game is less about records and more about the battle between Mexico’s two most historically successful clubs.
NASL: Minnesota at Fort Lauderdale, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch 45. New York followed up its draw with Minnesota by getting comprehensively drubbed by Ottawa, 4-1 at home. While the loss put a dent in New York’s hopes to win both halves of the NASL season, it also vaulted Ottawa above Minnesota by two points in the combined standings — and five points clear, at the top of the fall standings. If Minnesota is to host a semifinal playoff game, it has just a half-dozen games to claw back from that deficit. The Strikers will not be a pushover; apart from a draw and a loss against Ottawa, Fort Lauderdale has won four games in a row.
Bundesliga: SV Darmstadt at Borussia Dortmund, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Fox Sports 2. Newly promoted Darmstadt earned its first home Bundesliga win in 33 years Tuesday, beating Werder Bremen 2-1. On the other side, Dortmund lost for the first time this season Wednesday, tying 1-1 with TSG Hoffenheim. The tie dropped BVB behind Bayern Munich, which destroyed VfL Wolfsburg 5-1 thanks to an astonishing five goals in nine minutes from Robert Lewandowski. The accomplishments of Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who became the first player to score in the first six matches of a Bundesliga season, almost pale in comparison.