The Week in Soccer

Sunderland at Cardiff City

12:30 p.m. Saturday (NBC10)

Sunderland and U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore has scored just one goal in 16 Premier League games this season. The New Jersey native doesn't lack for confidence, but he needs to recapture his scoring touch as the start of a World Cup year looms.

Arsenal at Newcastle United

8:30 a.m. Sunday (NBC-SN)

Arsenal lost its months-long grip on first place in the Premier League with a scoreless draw against Chelsea last Monday, but it got back on track with a 3-1 win at West Ham on Thursday. Now Arsène Wenger must shepherd his team through its third game in a week - with another coming fast on New Year's Day - to keep title hopes alive.

Liverpool at Chelsea

11 a.m. Sunday (NBC-SN, Telemundo)

Liverpool striker Luis Suárez is the Premier League's top goal-scorer, and has the Reds pushing for their first championship since 1990. But for all of Suárez's exploits, no one in England commands the spotlight better than Chelsea manager José Mourinho. He'll be reveling in the chance to spoil Liverpool's dynamic attack.

Manchester City at Swansea City

7:45 a.m. Wednesday (NBCSN)

New Year's Day isn't just about college football and the Mummers parade anymore. Start 2014 with this Premier League showdown. Thanks to Sergio Agüero and Yaya Touré, City has become the trendy pick to win the title.

Chelsea at Southampton

10 a.m. Wednesday (NBC-SN)

Southampton started the season as one of the Premier League's hottest teams, but it cooled off in November and December. Young English star Jay Rodriguez helped snap a six-game winless streak Thursday by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Cardiff. A win over Chelsea would put the Saints back in the race for a Europa League berth.

Tottenham Hotspur at Manchester United

12:30 p.m. Wednesday (NBC-SN)

United, the reigning Premier League champion, is stuck in eighth place. Spurs spent almost $200 million this summer, but are mired in seventh place. That got manager André Villas-Boas fired just a few days before Christmas. Now mercurial striker Emmanuel Adebayor, out in the cold under AVB, is back in the starting lineup.

- Jonathan Tannenwald