WEEKEND SOCCER ON TV
After a two-week break for World Cup qualifiers, Europe’s major leagues return to action this weekend. Here a few of the top matches that will be shown on TV, all on Saturday: English Premier League: Watching the most compelling matchup in the EPL will require an early wake-up call because Manchester United’s game in Liverpool kicks off at 4:30 a.m. PDT (NBCSN, Universo). Manchester United comes in unbeaten, trailing Manchester City atop the table in goal differential. But it will be shorthanded with Marouane Fellaini expected to join Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick on the sidelines while seventh-place Liverpool will be without Sadio Mane.
Bundesliga: Christian Pulisic returns from the failed U.S. World Cup qualifying campaign to carry league-leading Borussia Dortmund against fourthplace Freiburg (FS2, 6:30 a.m. PDT). High-flying Dortmund also leads the Bundesliga in goals scored (21) and fewest allowed (2).
La Liga: Barcelona, roiled by last week’s Catalan independence referendum, won’t be able to escape politics when it sends its leagueleading team to the Spanish capital of Madrid to meet fourth-place Atletico (BeIn Sports, 7 a.m.). Lionel Messi has scored 11 of Barcelona’s 23 goals and assisted on two others.