La Liga: Barcelona at Real Madrid, 11:15 a.m. Saturday, beIN Sports. As is so often the case, the game they call “El Clásico” is a battle of first vs. second in La Liga. Lionel Messi could play for Barcelona for the first time since an injury sidelined him in mid-September; despite his absence, Barcelona still has a three-point lead over Real.
Premier League: Liverpool at Manchester City, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 11. Manchester City returns after a break for international games with the Premier League lead — but with its last game, a draw with lowly Aston Villa, still on its mind. Oft-injured but exciting Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could make one of his yearly cameos, a boost to Liverpool.
MLS: New York at Columbus, 4 p.m. Sunday, ESPN. Columbus striker Kei Kamara scored 22 goals this season, and two in the conference semifinals, but was held off the scoreboard in three games against New York this year. The Red Bulls, the MLS regular-season champions, have made the playoffs 15 times — but have reached the MLS Cup final only once.
MLS: Dallas at Portland, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox Sports 1. Portland’s history stretches back to 1975, when the Timbers joined the first incarnation of the NASL. They reached the championship game that season; they haven’t been back since. Portland boasts an excellent defense and exciting midfielder Darlington Nagbe. A home win in the first leg would be key.