WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
Premier League: Manchester United at Stoke City, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 11. “But can they do it on a rainy night in Stoke?” has become Premier League shorthand for the challenge that faces all elite English teams: performing in bad weather against highly motivated competition. The forecast, of course, is for rain.
La Liga: Espanyol at Barcelona, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, beIN. It’s the Barcelona rivalry. Naturally, this comes in the same week that the Spanish government and the Catalonia regional government are fighting about a potential independence referendum. Perhaps this is a preview of the future battles at the top of La Liga Catalonia?
Serie A: Milan at Lazio, 8 a.m. Sunday, beIN. Juventus has dominated Italy for years, but Milan spent big money in the summer to strengthen its squad and seems poised for a run — if not back to the top, then at least back to relevance. Winning in Rome vs. Lazio, though, is never easy.
MLS: FC Dallas at Atlanta, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, FS1. Tune in just to see what Atlanta looks like in its new digs — but also take a look at the Atlanta squad, which is a sneaky favorite to make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Dallas, meanwhile, is just fighting to stay in the Western Conference race.