WEEKEND WATCH guide
Premier League: Manchester City at Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports. Right now, it looks like nobody will ever score on Manchester City, never mind beat it; it has four consecutive wins and has outscored opponents 10-0. Crystal Palace, in second place in the standings, will look to derail City — but the London side hasn’t been too good at home, where it has won just seven of its past 21 league matches.
La Liga: Barcelona at Atletico Madrid, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, beIN Sports. Barcelona is beginning a string that includes seven matches in 21 days, including away trips to Atletico and Sevilla and Champions League games with AS Roma and Bayer Leverkeusen. It’s no small task for any squad, least of all a Barca team that was banned from bringing in any new players in 2015.
NASL: Carolina at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 45. The RailHawks ended a four-match losing streak with a 2-0 win over Atlanta last week and a wild 3-3 draw with San Antonio in midweek, but they’ll need a sustained run of wins if they hope to sneak back into the playoff picture. Minnesota, which knows well the trials and tribulations of playing while searching for a new owner, has won just one of its previous four home games against Carolina.
MLS: New England at Toronto, 4 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2. After a midseason swoon, New England has won five of six — and talisman Jermaine Jones is set to return from a sports hernia after playing for the United States in the country’s two friendlies. Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto’s leader, may return from an injury of his own. Which big-name midfielder will drive his team on to greater heights?