What 2 Watch – 8/16/17 – UEFA Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, MLS, USL, NASL, NWSL, Copa MX

Be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter (@wft_podcast) for live commentary, thoughts and analysis on tons of games throughout the season. Each matchup links to Live Soccer TV’s listings for these matchups in the USA and around the world.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – Napoli vs Nice – Stadio San Paolo, Naples

Where: fuboTV, Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Sports Go, Fox Deprotes, Fox Soccer Match Pass

Arguably one of the biggest matchups of this round, Napoli will meet Nice in the playoff round and have to avoid a big upset in the first leg. Nice had a good Third Qualifying Round with their away goal advancement over Ajax, but Napoli could prove to be too big of a task. Napoli entered into this round.

2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sevilla – Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium, Istanbul

Where: fuboTV, Fox Soccer Plus, ESPN Deportes USA, ESPN3 USA, ESPN Deportes+ USA, Fox Sports Go, WatchESPN, Sport 24, Fox Soccer Match Pass

On paper, Sevilla shouldn’t have too much trouble in this tie, but they will have to put in a good performance in Istanbul. While Sevilla entered into this round, Basaksehir secured a 5-3 aggregate win over Club Brugge in the Third Qualifying Round.

2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – Hapoel Be’er Sheva vs Maribor – Toto Turner Stadium, Be’er Sheva

Where: ESPN3 USA, Fox Soccer Match Pass

Be’er Sheva will be big favorites in this first game against their Slovenian visitors. The Israeli side defeated Ludogorets through away goals last round while Maribor eliminated Hafnarfjordur on aggregate, 2-0.

2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – Celtic vs Astana – Celtic Park, Glasgow

Where: fuboTV, Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Sports Go, Celtic TV, Fox Soccer Match Pass

Celtic are coming off of a less-than-convincing 1-0 aggregate victory over Rosenberg as they will welcome their foes from Kazakhstan. Astana are coming from a 3-2 aggregate victory over Legia Warsaw.

2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – Olympiakos Piraeus vs Rijeka – Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus

Where: fuboTV, ESPN3 USA, Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Tennessee, Fox Sports Ohio 2, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Soccer Match Pass

Olympiakos will come into this tie as considerable favorites against their Croatian foes. Piraeus defeated Partizan 5-3 in the last round, while Rijeka eliminated Salzburg 2-0.

5:00 p.m. – Spanish Super Cup Second Leg – Real Madrid vs Barcelona – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Where: ESPN2 USA, ESPN Deportes USA, ESPN3 USA, ESPN Deportes+ USA, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes Radio, Radio Barca

The second leg of the Spanish Super Cup will take place in Madrid and Los Blancos will be without Ronaldo, who will be serving a the first of a five-game suspension after shoving the referee in the first leg. Madrid will be taking a favorable 3-1 aggregate lead and should leave the Bernabeu with their 10th title and first since 2012.

7:00 p.m. – NASL Fall Season – Jacksonville Armada vs Puerto Rico – Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville

Where: ESPN3 USA, WatchESPN, KSAT MeTV, This TV Jacksonville – WJXT

Puerto Rico will look to build on an undefeated opening three matches as they will face a Jacksonville side that has yet to register a win.

7:00 p.m. – USL – Charlotte Independence vs Bethlehem Steel – Sportsplex at Matthews, Matthews

Where: ESPN3 USA, WatchESPN, YouTube

Two teams that are currently in playoff positions will face off in North Carolina as 1st-placed Charlotte are facing a Steel side that have won two straight.

7:30 p.m. – MLS – Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – Saputo Stadium, Montreal

Where: MLS Live, CSN Chicago

The Impact are pushing hard for a playoff spot as the season winds down but they have a Fire side that have lost three out of their last four, but are pushing for a first-round bye.

7:30 p.m. – NWSL – Boston Breakers vs Houston Dash – Jordan Field, Boston

Where: go90, NWSLsoccer.com

The Breakers continue to struggle and haven’t won in their last 5, while the Dash are just six points behind the final playoff spot.

8:00 p.m. – NWSL – Chicago Red Stars vs Seattle Reign – Toyota Park, Bridgeview

Where: go90, NWSLsoccer.com

Chicago sits in third in the NWSL following a 3-2 loss to Portland Thorns. Seattle have now lost two straight, but are still 2 points behind a playoff spot.

8:00 p.m. – NWSL – Kansas City vs Portland Thorns – Swope Soccer Village, Kansas City

Where: go90, NWSLsoccer.com

Portland are riding a considerable wave of confidence after winning four straight and it appears that a 4-5-8 Kansas City side will provide enough of a test in the Thorns’ quest for first place.

9:30 p.m. – Copa MX Apertura Round 4 – Potros UAEM vs America – Estadio Universitario Alberto “Chivo” Córdoba, Universidad

Where: fuboTV, Univision Deportes USA

Potros will likely be no match for Club America as they have lost their last 5 matches in the competition dating back to their last appearance in the Copa MX. Club America currently sits 3 points behind first-place Atlas in Group 3.

 

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