Soccer games to watch this week

Schalke's scorer Matthew Hoppe celebrates his goal, bringing the score to 3:0 against Hoffenheim, with Schalke's Ozan Kabak, during their German Bundesliga FC Schalke 04 - 1899 Hoffenheim soccer match Saturday Jan. 9, 2021, at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Guido Kirchner/dpa)
Schalke's scorer Matthew Hoppe celebrates his goal, bringing the score to 3:0 against Hoffenheim, with Schalke's Ozan Kabak, during their German Bundesliga FC Schalke 04 - 1899 Hoffenheim soccer match Saturday Jan. 9, 2021, at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Guido Kirchner/dpa)

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Doug’s soccer/football/calcio games to watch.

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TUESDAY

2:45 p.m., Bayer Leverkusen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, ESPNDeportes: A tournament game.

3:15 p.m., Burnley vs. Manchester United, NBCSN: Should be goals a plenty in this one because Manchester United will no doubt be given 500 penalties and Burnley’s defense, which used to be rock solid, now has the consistency of mud.

WEDNESDAY

9 a.m.: Fiorentina vs. Inter Milan, ESPN+: Loser of this Coppa Italia match has to rebrand itself as Miami.

2:45 p.m., PSG vs. Olympique Marseille, beIN Sports: Two of the most dominant clubs in French football. Marseille has won the first division 10 times. PSG has won it nine.

3:15 p.m., Fulham vs. Tottenham Hotspur, NBCSN: Spurs appeared ready to seriously challenge Liverpool atop the Premier League table. And then Jose Mourinho started to Mourinho.

5:15 p.m., Santos vs. Boca Juniors, beIN Sports: Copa Libertadores matchup between two South American giants.

7:30 p.m., Lanus vs. Velez Sarsfield, beIN Sports: Copa Sudamericana matchup featuring two clubs from which quite a few Atlanta United players have come.

THURSDAY

3 p.m., Real Madrid vs. Athletic Club, ESPN Deportes: Supercopa de Espana match

FRIDAY

2:30 p.m., Union Berlin vs. Bayer Leverkusen, ESPN+: Match of top-five teams in Germany. Should be lots of goals.

3 p.m., Fulham vs. Chelsea, Peacock: What to make of Frank Lampard, who can’t seem to find a lineup he likes but is being given patience by an owner who has in the past had the patience of a young child.

SATURDAY

9:30 a.m., Wolfsburg vs. RB Leipzig, ESPN+: A matchup of top-six teams in Germany’s first division and it will included Americans. Yeah for America.

3 p.m., Leicester vs. Southampton, Peacock: Should Leicester win it could move into first place atop the Premier League. I know, right?

10:06 p.m., Monterrey vs. America, FS1: If you are awake, please try to watch this game between two Mexican heavyweights that have fallen on difficult times recently.

SUNDAY

10:45 a.m., Ajax vs. Feyenoord, ESPN+: Previous Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer would sometimes use this game, known as De Klassieker, as a reference point when asked about rivalries. It’s not just a game between clubs but it’s a rivalry between the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

11:30 a.m., Liverpool vs. Manchester United, Peacock: Well, well, well. Manchester United has won the most first-division titles in English history (20). Liverpool is second (19) and in a good spot to win its 20th this season. These two teams are currently tied atop the table. And, if you want to talk about rivalries between cities....

Noon, Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Schalke, ESPN+: A chance to watch Matthew Hoppe for Schalke. He just scored three goals in his last start. You may have seen something about it a few hundred times on the twitters.

2:45 p.m., Inter Milan vs. Juventus, ESPN+: Good grief, the fantastic games keep coming with this. Inter is currently second in Serie A, three points behind its cross-town rival. Juventus is fourth, seven points behind. These are also two of the 502 teams that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for in his stellar career.

2:45 p.m., Spain Super Cup Final, ESPN2.

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