Premier League: Crystal Palace at Chelsea, 9 a.m. Saturday, USA Network. Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over West Brom last week was a return to normality for the league champions, but the confidence with which they began the season has evaporated. Crystal Palace is expecting to be able to get a result no matter where the south London team goes — and that includes the fortress of Stamford Bridge.
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen at Bayern Munich, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 2. Two of the Bundesliga’s three remaining perfect teams meet, with Bayern set on keeping pace atop the league with Borussia Dortmund. The Munich giants would dearly love to open an early advantage in the standings, to give them some cushion as they turn their focus to the Champions League as the season wears on.
Premier League: Manchester United at Swansea City, 10 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Network. Manchester United might be the one of the best-known teams in the world, but Swansea beat the Red Devils twice last season and knocked them out of the FA Cup in 2014. Both teams are showing signs of getting on track for 2015; the Swans can only hope that last year’s form against United continues.
MLS: Portland at Seattle, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, ESPN. This match has all sorts of playoff implications, with Seattle trying to recover its chances after a desperately poor stretch and Portland trying to stay above the fight for the final Western spot. But the reason this game is on ESPN is that it’s the rare MLS regular-season game that feels meaningful – mostly because of the 60,000 faithful in Seattle, baying for the home team to beat the Timbers.