Weekend Watch Guide
Premier League: Manchester United at Bournemouth, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 11. Bournemouth’s win over Chelsea last week was justly hailed as the biggest victory in the club’s history, but a home win over Manchester United would probably supplant it. United manager Louis van Gaal is under fire for his team’s sputtering offense, and needs some excitement out of his team this week.
Bundesliga: Borussia Monchengladbach at Bayer Leverkeusen, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, FS2. Monchengladbach ended Bayern Munich’s hopes of an undefeated season last week, beating the German giants 3-1 at home. The Foals haven’t lost a league game since mid-September. They’ll go up against Leverkusen, which is playing well behind Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.
La Liga: Real Madrid at Villareal, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, beIN Sports. Real Madrid is only four points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga, but given how well Barcelona is playing, the gulf seems far wider than that. The Madrid faithful have responded by booing the team and calling for manager Rafa Benitez to be fired. Villareal will be a testing away trip for Real.
International women’s friendly: U.S. vs. China, 6 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2. U.S. Soccer scheduled a number of winter matches for the women’s national team, but the pair against China this week — one on Sunday, and another on Wednesday — might be the best tests of the bunch. This is a rematch of the World Cup quarterfinals last summer, when a Carli Lloyd header won it for the U.S.