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Football on TV this weekend in the UK: Best games to watch or live stream this Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Your guide to the most important matches available to watch on TV or live stream this weekend so you won't miss any of the action.
By Craig Humpage
Football Writer at Sporticos
Updated on Friday 9 April 2021
Even during a global pandemic, the world of football rolls on - UK TV is usually packed with great matches to watch from the Premier League, Championship, Champions League and even top European leagues like the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A. You can almost always find a top quality game to watch.
Here are some of the most intriguing fixtures being broadcast live in the UK this Friday, Saturday and Sunday on TV and live stream from providers like Sky Sports, BT Sports, Premier Sports, Free Sports, La Liga TV, Bet 365 and even free on YouTube. Here is exactly when and where you can watch these games.
All times displayed are for the UK.
Friday 2 April 2021
We kick things off on Friday evening in the Championship where Watford host Reading. The Hornets are all but guaranteed a place back in the Premier League next season but their opponents come into this game in sixth place inside a hotly contested battle for the playoffs involving five teams. Reading will have everything to play for and could catch Watford out if they get complacent. Then we move to Spain for Huesca vs Elche. Regular readers will know Huesca is somewhat of a second team of mine and I'm always keen to watch their games. This should be an intruiging tie with Elche two points ahead of Huesca and the drop zone. It's a tight relegation battle down there and a win for the Aragonese could make it even more interesting.
The French Ligue 1 is as captivating as it's been in a decade with Lille three points clear at the top after their shocking win over PSG last weekend and in with a genuine chance of breaking the Paris monopoly and winning the title. Mid table FC Metz have an outside shot at the Europa League places but Lille will be very disappointed not to win this one. Your final option for Friday is Fulham vs Wolves. Scott Parker's men are still alive and kicking but time is running out for them. Nuno Espirito Santo is most likely dying for this nightmare season to end, to get their talismanic forward Raul Jiminez back and start afresh next year. They are winless in five and actually in worse form than Fulham. This could be a great chance to get some points on the board.
|19:45||Watford vs Reading||Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Ultra HD|
|20:00||Huesca vs Elche||La Liga TV / Free Sports / Bet 365*|
|20:00||FC Metz vs Lille||BT Sport ESPN / Bet 365*|
|20:00||Fulham vs Wolves||BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate|
Saturday 3 April 2021
It's going to be yet another rainy Saturday in the UK and the pubs don't open again until Monday. Why not settle in for a cosy day of football? We recommend you begin at the Etihad where Marcelo Bielsa takes his Leeds side to once again face his disciple Pep Guardiola and the Champions-elect Manchester City. City are four wins away from making it official and may want to get that over the line sooner rather than later in order to focus on the Champions League, where their priorities definitely lie. Leeds are firmly mid table and I dare suggest some of their players are already on the beach. Liverpool and Aston Villa, on the other hand, have it all to play for. They are 7th and 9th in the Premier League table respectively and heavily involved in this fascinating battle for Europe. Jurgen Klopp's side comfortably dispatched Arsenal last time out but Villa should put up much more of a fight. They will however be without their captain Jack Grealish who has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury.
Later in the evening we focus on football on the continent, starting with an interesting encounter between Stuttgart and Dortmund. Edin Tersic's side are now seven points adrift of Frankfurt and realistically can only hope for Europa League football next year, something which VFB are also craving. There is a fascinating battle for qualification to Europe's second tier competition with as many as five teams in with a chance. Dortmund will need to win to build momentum ahead of their Champions League second leg if for nothing else, while Stuttgart will be desperate to break into those European places and cap off a fantastic first year back in the top flight. Then of course to end the day, who isn't going to watch El Clasico? Real and Barca are both in transition and not quite the forces they were but when can this game ever not be entertaining? Atletico have slipped up one too many times and left the door wide open for the big boys. Barca have won five on the bounce and Real go into this on the back of a commanding win against Liverpool. Both teams should be full of confidence as they are finding their feet at the end of this season - must watch!
|12:30||Manchester City vs Leeds United||BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate|
|15:00||Liverpool vs Aston Villa||Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD|
|17:30||VFB Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund||BT Sport ESPN / Bet 365*|
|20:00||Real Madrid vs Barcelona||Premier Sports 1 / La Liga TV/ Bet 365*|
Sunday 4 April 2021
Lazy Sundays and football are the perfect couple and we begin this Sunday with a trip to Milan to see if Antonio Conte's Inter can keep their winning run going and stretch their 11 point lead over their city rivals AC Milan even further. Cagliari will have something to say about that as they are in 18th and two points from safety. If Inter take their foot off the gas there could be an upset here. People talk about Jose Mourinho's Spurs having a disastrous season but I don't see that. They are only two points behind Chelsea in fourth and still have a squad capable of troubling anyone on their day. United are in great form but with a top four place comfortably wrapped up they might have one eye on winning silverware in the Europa League. Could Jose come back to haunt his old club and take a huge step towards Champions League qualification? It should be a game full of attacking quality and I predict goals galore.
If you're looking for something a little different - and completely free - don't overlook the Moscow derby between Lokomotiv and Spartak from the Russian Premier Liga. You can watch it on the league's YouTube channel completely free on any device. The hosts are four points behind their rivals who currently occupy the second Champions League spot. A win here would blow that race wide open. Both teams are in great form but Lokomotiv in particular are flying high with five consecutive wins. It's not quite the Premier League or La Liga but both teams have quality, there is a lot of narrative and it's free - can't say fairer than that. You've got to end the weekend with Real Betis vs Atletico de Madrid. Diego Simeone's men have won only two in their last five and have given up a gigantic lead. They now have Barca and Real breathing down their necks. This is a must win game for El Cholo - who will also be praying for a draw in El Clasico on Saturday I'm sure. Betis are comfortably in the Europa League places and way out of reach of the top four. They should be on the beach. If ever there was a game to go and win emphatically and start building some momentum again, this is it. The Seville side do have some great players but Atletico should have more desire and take the game to them. If they lose, it could be a borderline disaster for them.
|11:30||Inter Milan vs Cagliari||Premier Sports 1 / Bet 365*|
|16:30||Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United||Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD|
|17:00||Lokomotiv Moscow vs Spartak Moscow||Russian Premier Liga YouTube Channel|
|20:00||Real Betis vs Atletico de Madrid||La Liga TV / Bet 365*|
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