Soccer on TV: NWSL season opens with Angel City's inaugural game; AC Milan try to keep Serie A title pace

The NWSL season starts Friday with Angel City making their inaugural routine season opener versus the North Carolina Courage. It’ll be rather a test for Angel City after they ended the Challenge Cup on a high note by beating the Portland Thorns. The title race will still take spotlight in England as Liverpool and Manchester City can’t be separated in a fight that looks set to continue up until the last day. After Inter Milan’s goalkeeping gaffe midweek, A/C Milan manage their fate for the scudetto however they’ll require to see off Fiorentina as the Viola aim to get better after a shock loss to Udinese. 

Here’s what we’re seeing this weekend:

5. Angel City vs. North Carolina Courage

Date:  Friday, April 29 | Time:  10:30 p.m. ET
TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network | Live stream:  Paramount+

Why watch: The NWSL season starts Friday as one of the 2 growth franchises, Angel City FC, play their very first routine season house match. It’ll be an excellent test versus a Courage team that snuck into the playoffs last season and have actually enhanced over the offseason. Angel City had the Challenge Cup to get ready for things and while they left to a rough start in the competition, it showed to be an excellent experience as the defense made some strides by the time they pitched a nothing success versus the Portland Thorns. Can they bring that into the season?

4. Leeds United vs. Manchester City

Date:  Saturday, April 30 | Time:  12:30 p.m. ET
TELEVISION: NBC | Live stream:  fuboTV (Try free of charge)  
Caesars Sportsbook Odds:  Leeds United +900; Draw +450; Man City -335

Why watch: The Premier title race is stabilized on a razor’s edge. Manchester City lead by one point over Liverpool, however they can’t pay for a fault with the Reds playing Newcastle United. Leeds have actually enhanced considering that Jesse Marsch took control of and appear set to prevent transfer however getting a house success over Man City would be huge for them. Anything is possible when groups pertain to Elland Road.

3. A/C Milan vs. Fiorentina

Date:  Sunday, May 1 | Time:  9 a.m. ET
TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network | Live stream:  fuboTV (Try free of charge)  
Caesars Sportsbook Odds:  A/C Milan -155; Draw +280; Fiorentina +460

Why watch: The Serie A title race remains in air conditioning Milan’s hands. Win out and the scudetto comes from the Rossoneri. It’s not the very first and it may not be the last time they have actually had control of their own fate as Inter Milan have actually constantly appeared to discover their method back into the mix. After Fiorentina lost 4-0 midweek, they’ll desire a bounce-back success since they have a possibility at a European area routing Lazio by just objective distinction and Roma by 2 points. It must be a difficult combated match.

2. Houston Dynamo vs. Austin FC

Date:  Saturday, Apr. 30 | Time:  1:30 p.m. ET
Live stream:  fuboTV (Try free of charge)  
Caesars Sportsbook Odds:  Houston Dynamo +135; Draw +290; Austin FC +195

Why watch: A Texas derby constantly makes things intriguing, and it’s no various this time around as all 3 groups in the state have actually enhanced and presently being in a playoff area in the Western Conference. Houston has actually been led by its defense while Austin leads the league in scoring after knocking in 20 objectives after just 8 video games played. Sebastian Driussi leads the league in scoring with 6 objectives while Diego Fagunsdez has the most helps in the league with 5 bringing rather a test to the Dynamo defense. Can they hold company?

1. West Ham United vs. Arsenal

Date:  Sunday, May 1 | Time:  11:30 a.m. ET
TELEVISION: U.S.A. | Live stream:  fuboTV (Try free of charge)  
Caesars Sportsbook Odds:  West Ham +340; Draw +285; Arsenal -128

Why watch: Watching how David Moyes approaches this match will be interesting. A loss will basically remove West Ham from a chance at a top-four location while likewise enhancing Arsenal’s possibilities at holding on. With the match wanting Spurs play Sunday, Mikel Arteta will understand precisely what he requires as Arsenal might have a possibility to go 5 points clear of 5th location with 4 video games staying.

Honorable points out

(All times U.S./Eastern)

Friday, Apr. 29: A video game to see in … 

  • Spain: Sevilla vs. Cadiz, 3 p.m. (ESPN+)
  • Germany: Union Berlin vs. Greuther Furth, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
  • France:  Strasburg vs PSG, 3 p.m. (beIN Sports and fuboTV — Try free of charge)  
  • Argentina: Estudiantes vs. Aldosivi, 6 p.m. (Paramount+)

Saturday, Apr. 30: A video game to see in …

  • NWSL: Portland Thorns vs. Kansas City Current, 6 p.m. (Paramount+)
  • MLS: CF Montreal vs. Atlanta United, 4 p.m. (ESPN+)
  • England: Newcastle United vs. Liverpool, 7:30 a.m. (U.S.A. and fuboTV — Try free of charge)
  • Spain: Real Madrid vs. Espanyol, 10:15 a.m. (ESPN+)
  • Italy: Napoli vs. Sassuolo, 9 a.m. (Paramount+)
  • Germany: Augsburg vs. Koln, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
  • France: Lens vs. Nantes, 11 a.m. (beIN Sports and fuboTV — Try free of charge)  
  • Argentina: Sarmiento vs. River Plate, 8:30 p.m. (Paramount+)
  • Brazil: America Mineiro vs. Athletico-PR, 3:30 p.m. (Paramount+)

Sunday, May 1: A video game to see in …

  • NWSL: Washington Spirit vs. OL Reign, 5 p.m. (Paramount+)
  • MLS: New York City FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes 1 p.m. (ESPN+)  
  • England: Tottenham vs. Leicester City, 9 a.m. (Peacock)  
  • Spain: Barcelona vs. Mallorca, 3 p.m. (ESPN+)
  • Italy: Roma vs. Bologna, 2:45 p.m. (Paramount+)
  • France: Olympique Marseille vs. Olympique Lyon, 2:45 p.m. (beIN Sports and fuboTV — Try free of charge)   
  • Brazil: Corinthians vs. Fortaleza, 3 p.m. (Paramount+)

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