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Soccer TV streaming guide: Serie A games with top-four implications, Club World Cup final take center stage

Soccer returns in Argentina this week and you can stream all the matches on Paramount+, and if you’re new to the league, we’ve got players to watch to get you acclimated. Outside of that, the FIFA Club World Cup is happening in the United Arab Emirates as Chelsea and Palmeiras are set to meet for all the marbles while Al-Hilal will clash with Al Ahly in the third-place match. Elsewhere in Italy, we have Serie A battles featuring No. 1 vs. No. 2 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 in what could shake up the race for Champions League spots for next season. Here are five matches to keep an eye on this weekend:

5. Espanyol vs. Barcelona

Date: Sunday, Feb. 13 | Time: 3 p.m. ET

Live stream: ESPN+

Caesars Sportsbook Odds: Espanyol +400 Draw +305; Barcelona -155

Why watch: Few things are better than the Derbi Barceloní, just as Barca are coming off of their best win of the season over Atletico Madrid. Xavi has breathed life into the Champions League race as Barcelona are unbeaten in their last five league matches and the defense has also shown signs of improvement. In his first match, Adama Traore was able to create space for the other attackers to succeed and the hope will be that he can continue that. Espanyol have struggled with three losses in their last five matches but anything can happen in a derby match.

4. Atalanta vs. Juventus

Date: Sunday, Feb. 13 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET

Live stream: Paramount+

Caesars Sportsbook Odds: Atalanta +185; Draw +235; Juventus +150

Why watch: Juventus have turned it on lately and are undefeated in their last 10 league matches since losing to Atalanta back on Nov. 27. While Atalanta have a game in hand in the race for the fourth and final Champions League place, they’ll be concerned with how quickly Juventus are gaining ground. Dusan Vlahovic has already opened his scoring account with two goals in two games across all competitions and his play will be integral to their run-in without Federico Chiesa.

3. Chelsea vs. Palmeiras

Date: Saturday, Feb. 12 | Time: 11:30 a.m. ET

Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)  

Why watch: Chelsea had a harder time than expected in their Club World Cup semifinal against Al Hilal, but if they make the same mistakes again, Palmeiras are a side dangerous enough to beat them. Can the Blues keep their successful trophy-winning run going or can Libertadores champ Palmeiras take advantage of their scoring issues to be crowned world champs?

2. Leicester City vs. West Ham United

Date: Sunday, Feb. 13 | Time: 11:30 a.m. ET

Live stream: Peacock

Caesars Sportsbook Odds: Leicester +180; Draw +260; West Ham +140

Why watch: After how midweek matches have gone, a win for West Ham United would put them in the driver’s seat for a European place. Leicester City have had their ups and downs over the course of the season but Brendan Rodgers would love to get a win here as there is still time for the Foxes to make a late-season surge. Can Michail Antonio snap his four-game scoreless skid?

1. Napoli vs. Inter Milan

Date: Saturday, Feb. 12 | Time: 12 p.m. ET

Live stream: Paramount+ 

Caesars Sportsbook Odds: Napoli +170; Draw +255; Inter +150

Why watch: After losing to AC Milan, Inter have another chance to regain their gap in the scudetto race travelling away to Napoli. It won’t be easy as Napoli have won four straight league games on the bounce behind their stingy defense that has only allowed 16 goals on the season. Inter will be without Alessandro Bastoni due to a red card which is a blow as the defender has a goal and three assists while being ever-present.

Honorable mentions

(All times U.S./Eastern)

Friday, Feb. 11: A game to watch in … 

  • Spain: Sevilla vs. Elche, 3 p.m. (ESPN+)
  • Germany: RB Leipzig vs. Koln 2:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
  • France: PSG vs. Rennes 3 p.m. (beIN Sports and fuboTV — Try for free)  
  • Argentina: Arsenal vs. Rosario Central, 3 p.m. (Paramount+)

Saturday, Feb. 12: A game to watch in …

  • England: Manchester United vs. Southampton, 7:30 a.m. (Peacock)
  • Spain: Villarreal vs. Real Madrid, 10:15 a.m. (ESPN+)
  • Italy: Lazio vs. Bologna, 9 a.m. (CBS Sports Network and Paramount+)
  • Germany: Bochum vs. Bayern Munich, 9:30 a.m. (ESPN+)
  • Club World Cup: Al Hilal vs. Al Ahly, 8 a.m. (fuboTV — Try for free)  
  • France: Montpellier vs. Lille, 11 a.m. (beIN Sports and fuboTV — Try for free)  
  • Argentina: Union Santa Fe vs. River Plate, 5:15 p.m. (Paramount+)

Sunday, Feb. 13 A game to watch in …

  • England: Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. (Peacock)  
  • Spain: Real Sociedad vs. Granada 12:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
  • Italy: AC Milan vs. Sampdoria, 6:30 a.m. (Paramount+)
  • Germany: Union Berlin vs. Borussia Dortmund, 9:30 a.m. (ESPN+)
  • France: Monaco vs. Lorient, 7 a.m. (beIN Sports and fuboTV — Try for free)   
  • Argentina: Boca Juniors vs. Colon, 7:30 p.m. (Paramount+)

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