La Liga: Las Palmas at Barcelona, 9:15 a.m. Saturday, beIN. The narrative in Spain has become less about whether Barcelona might catch Real Madrid — that looks almost impossible — but more about what’s wrong with Barca. The Spanish giants needed an exceptional last-minute free kick from Lionel Messi to steal a draw at Villareal. Can they get back in the win column this week?
Premier League: Manchester City at Everton, 7:30 a.m. Sunday, NBCSN. This is not where Everton wanted to be in its first season under Ronald Koeman. The club is nine points from the top six, a yawning chasm from where the Toffees think they belong. In October, Everton saved two penalties and scraped a 1-1 draw against Man City. Can it pull another heist?
Premier League: Liverpool at Manchester United, 10 a.m. Sunday, NBCSN. Barely 30 miles separate these clubs, so while this isn’t technically a local rivalry, it’s close enough for the two sides to have a history of hatred. Liverpool has been wobbly lately, while Manchester United has won six consecutive Premier League matches. The Red Devils would love to make that seven.
La Liga: Real Madrid at Sevilla, 1:45 p.m. Sunday, beIN. Check the standings, your eyes don’t deceive you. Sevilla — not Barcelona, not Atletico Madrid — is in second place in La Liga, just four points behind the undefeated leaders. That said, Real Madrid has played Sevilla twice in the past 10 days, both in the Copa del Rey, and won the two legs by a 6-3 aggregate score. A Sevilla victory would be an upset.