WEEK­END SOC­CER ON TV

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Kevin Bax­ter

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.

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