THE WEEK IN SOCCER
Norwich City at Manchester United
12:30 p.m. Saturday (NBC10, mun2)
Manchester United's first season after Sir Alex Ferguson retired has not gone well. His chosen successor as manager, David Moyes, was fired Tuesday after just 10 months in charge. Longtime United star Ryan Giggs will take over as interim, with four games to make up a six-point gap on sixth-place Tottenham to get a spot playing in the Europa League next season. The Canaries, led by midfielder Robert Snodgrass, are fighting to avoid relegation.
Chelsea at Liverpool
9 a.m. Sunday (NBC-SN, mun2)
Liverpool is closing in on its first-ever English Premier League championship. The first-place Reds, led by Luis Suárez, enter the weekend with a five-point lead over second-place Chelsea. Manager Jose Mourinho has said he will be resting key starters, with an eye toward the Champions League match against Atlético Madrid later in the week, and the Blues will be missing injured keeper Petr Cech and defender John Terry, as well as suspended midfielder Ramires.
Portland Timbers at Houston Dynamo
3 p.m. Sunday (UniMás)
With dynamic playmakers Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe leading the attack, Portland started the season as a trendy pick as Major League Soccer champs. But almost two months into the season, the Timbers are winless through seven games. This weekend will pose a tough test, as Ricardo Clark and the Dynamo are one of the league's toughest teams to beat at home.
Real Madrid at Bayern Munich
2:45 p.m. Tuesday (Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes)
Bayern's attempt to become the first-ever back-to-back Champions League winner hit a pothole on Wednesday, as the German powerhouse lost in Madrid, 1-0. Franck Ribéry and company should be able to overturn that at home, but Real's defense - led by Portuguese brawler Pepe - will be bunkered in to stop them.
Chelsea at Atlético Madrid
2:45 p.m. Wednesday (Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes)
After the first leg of the other Champions League semifinal finished scoreless in Madrid, Chelsea should have the advantage coming home to London's Stamford Bridge. The Blues will start Australian perennial Mark Schwarzer in goal, but have midfielders Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel suspended. Atlético, led by striker Diego Costa, will try to take advantage.
Benfica at Juventus
3 p.m. Thursday (Fox Sports 1, ESPN3.com)
Juventus is on the cusp of a rare feat in European soccer: the chance to play a championship game in its home stadium in Turin, Italy. Juve, led by forwards Carlos Tévez and Fernando Llorente, still have a chance to make the Europa League final, despite losing the first leg in Lisbon, 2-1, but they will have to come up with another goal and keep Benfica from hitting the net. The Eagles' defense, led by Luisão and Ezequiel Garay, will present a formidable obstacle.
- Jonathan Tannenwald