Hitting the hinterlands of world footyball yesterday was a dream, as always. But weekends are where T2T gets (comparatively) serious.
Don’t miss the Sunday new league coverage announcement. It’s gonna be!– well, it’s gonna be content.
Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers – MLS
Both clubs have lost both their games this early season. Last year, they finished 3rd and 6th in the Western Conference. (Chicago has been moved into the East now.) Both teams struggled on defense, at least when compared to other playoff teams. (6:00 PM Eastern, NBA League Pass 6).
Portland- Basilisk’s iconic fried chicken sammich.
Nice work! Chicago deep dish still wins.
B. Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns – NWSL
Double-header in Bridgeview, IL! At least Noob assumes both are hosting on their same home pitch. The 8:15 PM start time for this match suggests it. These two finished in 4th and 2nd, respectively, last year.
RESULT: Portland 2-3
Can’t hedge! You’re either into boring old Number Two or down with Number B.
Paris Saint-Germain vs. AS Monaco – Coupe de la League
The Final! This is not the FA Cup, but rather a tournament open to pro clubs in just the top three divisions in France. Given that PSG has demolished all of Ligue 1 this year, Noob wonders if league #B Monaco will be revved up to snatch some hardware away from PSG.
RESULT: PSG 3-0
Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund – Bundesliga
1st place is out of reach for 3rd-place Dortmund, so maintaining their top-four place in the table and getting a Champions League invite is the goal. They’d love even a draw against champ-in-waiting Bayern. (12:30 PM, Fox Deportes)
RESULT: Bayern 6-0 not a typo. this was a terrible, awesome rout
Those masks won’t help you hide from Bayern.
BVB on your shirts, fellas.
Juventus vs. AC Milan – Serie A
Milan is five points out of 4th place and the last Champions League berth. 1st-place Juventus has only lost twice all year, yet only lead Napoli by two points.
This is a bad matchup for Milan, as they have trouble scoring and Juve has the league’s best defense. This may well be the world’s most important match this weekend. (2:45 PM, Rai Italia)
RESULT: Juve 3-1
Sevilla vs. Barcelona – La Liga
Sevilla does not have a realistic shot of cracking the top four, but they are in line for a Europa League invite, being in 6th place. 7th will get in as well this year, but even that is not guaranteed for Sevilla. Lots of teams are in the hunt. Barcelona are undefeated, the best team in the world. (2:45 PM, beIN Sports)
6th place could win this dartboard and pool table. And longer pool table?…
Ljubljana vs. Maribor – Slovenia Prva Liga
[loo-blee-ah-nuh] have almost wrapped up the league title. It’s hard to say historic powerhouse #B Maribor is ever quite completely out of it, but they are ten points back. This league is only the 30th-strongest in Europa, but Noob is always down for matchups from the very top of tables.
**Soon, Noob’s exclusive coverage of the Isle of Sodor Premier League will begin! Sudric football has been loosely organized at best. Until now, with the formation of their FA.**
Chelsea vs. Tottenham Sir Topham Hatt Hotspur – English Premier
The only important drama left in Premier’s top of the table is right here. 5th place hosts 4th, a battle for the league’s final Champions League spot next year. With just eight matches to go, it’s not quite a must-win for Chelsea at five points back. But they sure as shite can’t lose.
So, c’mon, Chelsea. Don’t let the traitorously-named Hotspur get the best of you. Ramp up the so-so offense a bit and take these ne’er-do-wells down! (11:00 AM, NBCSN)
RESULT: Hotspur 1-3
UNAM Pumas vs. Necaxa – Liga MX
9th vs. 10th doesn’t look intriguing at a glance. But remember: the top eight clubs make the Liguilla, the postseason league tournament.
Noobstrdamus has access to the soccer alternate planes, has learned Necaxa will score the road upset today. It couldn’t be that I read Pumas can’t play D at all. It’s the first thing. *nod*
RESULT: 1-1 Prognostication fail. In fact, Pumas played most of the second half a man down.
I once tamed a wild puma with just my headband.
Boca Juniors vs. Talleres – Argentina Premier
Finishing off the Track in style, as Noob is wont to do! #1 hosts #B in Argentina’s astounding 28-club deep league. Best offense versus best defense. Pirate yourself an interwebs stream of this one somewhere.
RESULT: Boca Juniors 2-1 Juniors get the go-ahead goal at 90′, open up a huge -9- point lead in the table.
See? It’s a good idea.