What to watch on Saturday, August 24, 2019
Parma vs Juventus at 12:00 ET/16:00 GMT – Serie A kicks off on ESPN+, Rai Italia America
Broadcast listings: ESPN+, Rai Italia America in the USA; Premier Player HD, Premier Sports 1 in the UK; TLN, Rai Italia America, DAZN in Canada; beIN Sports Connect, beIN Sports 1, Kayo Sports, Rai Italia Australia in Australia; Sky Calcio 1, Sky Supercalcio HD, SKY Go Italia, Sky Sport Serie A in Italy
Preview: Serie A is back! The latest season of the Italian top-flight kicks off with the champions’ visit to Parma. Whether anyone can stop Juventus from winning a ninth straight is a mystery but the Old Lady will be keen on commencing their title defense with a win.
The likes of Rabiot, Ramsey, and De Ligt could get their Serie A debuts but all eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo once more. The Portuguese icon impressed in his debut season but missed out on the Golden Boot. Having learnt the ropes, he should explode in 2019/20.
Cristiano and Co. preparing for the opening game
Liverpool vs Arsenal at 12:30 ET/16:30 GMT – Perfect records at stake in Anfield showdown
Broadcast listings: NBC Sports App, UNIVERSO NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBCSports.com, NBC, UNIVERSO in the USA; Sky Sports Main Event, SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports Premier League, TalkSport Radio UK in the UK; DAZN in Canada; Optus Sport in Australia
Preview: Two sides who have begun the season with back-to-back wins will lock horns. However, after two narrow wins over Newcastle and Burnley, Arsenal aren’t the safest bet. Aubameyang continues scoring for fun and his partnership with Lacazette is yet to show any cracks but questions marks linger over their defense. Ceballos, who put in a Man of the Match display last weekend, is expected to continue in the midfield.
Ozil and Xhaka back for Arsenal
As for Liverpool, they smashed four past Norwich and had it not been for an Adrian blunder, the Reds would have recorded a comfortable win over Southampton last Saturday. Nonetheless, Klopp’s men are a beast at home but with Alisson out, could they lose their unbeaten home record? Tune in to find out.
Schalke vs Bayern Munich at 12:30 ET/16:30 GMT
Broadcast listings: TUDN USA, FOX Soccer Match Pass, Fox Sports 1, SiriusXM FC, TUDN En Vivo in the USA; BT Sport Ultimate, BT Sport Live, BT Sport 3 in the UK; Sportsnet Now, Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet West, Sportsnet World Now,Sportsnet World, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet East in Canada; beIN Sports Connect, beIN SPORTS 3, Kayo Sports in Australia; Sky Sport Bundesliga 1, Sky Go, Sky Sport Bundesliga UHD in Germany
Preview: Both sides began the campaign with a disappointing draw. However, it was a bigger disappointment for Bayern Munich as they find themselves trailing Dortmund by two points already. Next up for them is a trip to the VELTINS-Arena, which should be tricky for Lewandowski and Co. Don’t miss this fixture!
Benfica vs Porto at 14:00 ET/18:00 GMT -- O Clássico comes early this season
Broadcast listings: GolTV Espanol, GOLTV, Fanatiz USA, Benfica TV INT. in the USA; FreeSports TV UK, Benfica TV INT. in the UK; Benfica TV INT. in Canada; Benfica TV in Portugal
Preview: The Primeira Liga is only in round three but fans will already be treated to O Clássico. Benfica will be the home side in the first encounter with Porto in 2019/20. Given the home advantage, the Eagles could take a huge early lead over their bitter rivals.
Porto have suffered a defeat already, meaning they are on three points compared to Benfica’s six. A loss would leave the Dragons trailing the reigning champions by six points after only three games. While it wouldn’t be the end of the season, it is an undesired disadvantage. It’s for this reason why everyone is eagerly anticipating this showdown.
What to watch on Sunday, August 25, 2019
Bournemouth vs Manchester City at 09:00 ET/13:00 GMT
Broadcast listings: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBCSN, NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com in the USA; Sky Sports Main Event, SKY GO Extra, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports Premier League in the UK; DAZN in Canada; Optus Sport in Australia
Preview: Man City dropped two points against Spurs after a controversial 2-2 draw, meaning Guardiola’s men will hit the road in search of another victory. Their opponents are Bournemouth and Sterling and Co. will hope to brush them aside with the same ease they did against West Ham. The Cherries are level on points with the defending champions and will give it their all to upset the Citizens.
Barcelona vs Real Betis at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT
Broadcast listings: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS in the USA; ITV 4, The ITV Hub in the UK; beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN Sports Canada in Canada; beIN Sports Connect, beIN Sports 1, Kayo Sports in Australia; Movistar+, Partidazo in Movistar LaLiga, MiTele En Vivo, Movistar Laliga in Spain
Preview: Barcelona’s La Liga defense began with a nightmare. They lost Luis Suarez to injury, suffered a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao, and will also be without Ousmane Dembele for approximately five weeks. The Blaugrana will play take to Camp Nou for the first time this season but the last time they locked horns with Real Betis at home, the Catalan giants lost 4-3.
Messi back in training
Messi, who missed the opening game due to injury, is back in training but Valverde revealed that the Argentine is not fully fit. Will Griezmann step up in his absence? Tune in to find out.