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4. WEEKEND PREVIEW: Yanks seek wins in England; Milan derby
October 26th, 2006 11:50PM



AMERICANS ABROAD. Newly promoted Watford, with American defender Jay DeMerit in defense, finally won its first game of the season - a 2-1 League Cup win over second-tier Hull on Tuesday. It will aim for its first league win against Tottenham on Saturday (TV, delay, 2:15 pm ET.) Keeper Tim Howard and Everton face Arsenal Saturday (TV: Setanta Xtra, DirecTV Channel 670, live 9:55am ET; Setanta Sports USA, delay,12:30pm ET.) Brad Friedel and Blackburn face struggling West Ham United, whose American defender Jonathan Spector has made two starts, on Sunday (TV: Sunday, live, 11 am ET. DaMarcus Beasley and Claudio Reyna are expected to return from injury for Manchester City, which meets Middlesbrough on Monday (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, live, 3pm ET.) Man City has just two wins this season.

In Germany, Kasey Keller and Moenchengladbach take on Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday (TV: Gol TV, delay, 10:30 pm ET.)

ENGLAND. Premier League leader Manchester United, whose 19 goals in 9 games is tops in EPL, faces third-place Bolton, which has the league's stingiest defense, having conceded four goals in 9 games, on Saturday (TV: Setanta Sports USA, live, 9:45 am ET). Chelsea, which is tied on points with Man U but trails on goal difference, faces lowly Sheffield United earlier on Saturday (TV: Setanta Sports USA, live, 7:30 am ET).

GERMANY. Werder Bremen, which moved to the top of the standings with last weekend's 2-0 win over two-time defending champ Bayern Munich, faces 15th place Mainz on Friday (TV: Gol TV, live, 2:45 pm ET). Werder Bremen is led by offseason signing Diego, the Brazilian midfielder who has a team-leading four goals. Bayern, in fourth place and three points behind Bremen, faces 12th place Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (TV: Gol TV, live, 9:30 am ET). Schalke 04, which is second, trailing Bremen on goal difference, meets VfB Stuttgart on Sunday (TV: Gol TV, live, 11 am ET). Eighth-place Stuttgart has been getting solid performances from two Mexican stars who joined following the 2006 World Cup: defender Ricardo Osorio and midfielder Pavel Pardo.

ITALY. AC Milan enters its derby against Serie A leader Inter Milan believing a win can put it on the title path despite its eight-point Calciopoli deduction, which puts it 11 points behind Inter. (TV: Saturday, Gol TV, live, 2:30 pm ET).

SPAIN. Real Madrid, which moved within two points of leader Barcelona with last weekend's 2-0 clasico win, faces 19th place Gimnastic (TV: Gol TV, delay, 4:30 pm ET).

MEXICO. Chivas Guadalajara's playoff hopes hinge greatly on getting win against Atlas, which shares its Jalisco Stadium, on Saturday (TV: Telefutura, live, 8 pm ET). Atlas and Cruz Azul have a three-point lead over Chivas in Group A, the most competitive of the Apertura 2006's three groups with four games left.

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