WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkeusen at Borussia Monchengladbach, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 9. The Bundesliga is finally back, and the opening weekend is highlighted by this matchup of last year’s third- and fourth-place teams. Mexican star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez drove Leverkeusen forward last year, but he’ll miss out on this one — after falling down the stairs at home.
Premier League: West Ham at Manchester City, 10 a.m. Sunday, NBCSN. West Ham’s seventh-place finish last season was built on an exceptional record on the road. The Hammers have looked a little lifeless this year, including an elimination loss in the Europa League playoffs in midweek, so perhaps a chance to slow down City will kick-start them.
Liga MX: Chivas at Club America, 9 p.m. Saturday, Univision. America would normally be favored at home in this edition of Mexico’s biggest rivalry, “El Super Clasico,” but playmaker Rubens Sambueza was sent off last weekend, meaning he’ll miss this game. It will put a dent in the home team’s attack. Angel Zaldivar scored twice last week for Chivas; can he do it again?
MLS: Seattle at Portland, 4 p.m. Sunday, ESPN. The Sounders handed Portland a 3-1 drubbing last Sunday in Seattle; now, the two have a rematch in Portland. Seattle had to play midweek, earning a draw in Houston to move just one point behind the Timbers in the race for the final playoff spot. Expect a postseason-type atmosphere for this game — on top of the usual rivalry.