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Soccer on TV: NWSL season kicks off with Angel City’s opening game; AC Milan tries to keep pace with the Serie A title

The NWSL season kicks off on Friday with Angel City making its first regular season opener against the North Carolina Courage. It will be a big test for Angel City after they finished the Challenge Cup on a high note by defeating the Portland Thorns. The title race will continue to take center stage in England as Liverpool and Manchester City cannot be parted in a battle that looks set to continue until the final day. After Inter Milan weekday blunderAC Milan control their destiny for the scudetto, but they will need to see off Fiorentina as La Viola look to bounce back after a shock loss to Udinese.

Here’s what we’re looking at this weekend:

5. Angel Cityvs. North Carolina Courage

Date: Friday April 29 | Weather: 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network | Live broadcast: Paramount+

Why watch: The NWSL season kicks off on Friday when one of the two expansion franchises, Angel City FC, plays its first home game of the regular season. It will be a good test against a Courage team that snuck into the playoffs last season and has improved during the offseason. Angel City had the Challenge Cup to get things ready and although they had a rocky start to the tournament, it turned out to be a good experience as the defense made some headway when they posted a shutout win against the Portland Thorns. Can they carry that into the season?

4. Leeds United v Manchester City

Date: Saturday April 30 | Weather: 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time
TELEVISION: NBC | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try it for free)
Caesars sports betting odds: Leeds United +900; Draw +450; Man City -335

Why watch: The race for the Premier title is on a knife edge. Manchester City have a one point lead over Liverpool but they cannot afford a slip with the Reds playing Newcastle United. Leeds have improved since Jesse Marsch took over and look set to avoid relegation, but getting a home win over Man City would be monumental for them. Anything is possible when teams come to Elland Road.

3. AC Milan vs. Fiorentina

Date: Sunday May 1 | Weather: 9 a.m. Eastern Time
TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try it for free)
Caesars sports betting odds: AC Milan -155; Draw +280; Florence +460

Why watch: The race for the Serie A title is in the hands of AC Milan. Win and the scudetto belongs to the Rossoneri. It’s not the first and it may not be the last time they’ve been in control of their own destiny, as Inter Milan have always seemed to find their way back into the mix. After Fiorentina lost 4-0 in midweek, they will want a rebound win because they have a shot at a place in Europe behind Lazio on goal difference alone and Roma on two points. It must be a very close match.

2. Houston Dynamo vs. Austin FC

Date: Saturday, April 30 | Weather: 1:30 p.m. ET
Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try it for free)
Caesars sports betting odds: Houston Dynamo +135; Draw +290; Austin F.C. +195

Why watch: A Texas derby always keeps things interesting, and this time is no different, as all three teams in the state have improved and are currently in a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Houston has been led by its defense while Austin leads the league in scoring after scoring 20 goals after only eight games played. Sebastian Driussi leads the league in scoring with six goals, while Diego Fagunsdez has the most assists in the league with five, putting the Dynamo’s defense to the test. Will they be able to stand firm?

1. West Ham United v Arsenal

Date: Sunday May 1 | Weather: 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
TELEVISION: United States | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try it for free)
Caesars sports betting odds: West Ham +340; Draw +285; Arsenal-128

Why watch: Seeing how David Moyes approaches this match will be fascinating. A loss will essentially eliminate West Ham from a chance of breaking into the top four while also increasing Arsenal’s chances of staying. With Spurs game after game on Sunday, Mikel Arteta will know exactly what he needs as Arsenal could have a chance to go five points clear of fifth with four games remaining.

honorable mentions

(All times US/Eastern)

Friday April 29: A game to watch in…

  • Spain: Seville vs. Cadiz, 3:00 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 it for free)
  • Argentina: students vs. Aldosivi, 6:00 p.m. (Paramount +)

Saturday April 30: A game to watch in…

  • NWSL: Portland Thorns vs. Kansas City Current, 6 p.m. (Paramount+)
  • MLS: CF Montreal vs. Atlanta United, 4:00 p.m. (ESPN +)
  • England: Newcastle United vs. Liverpool, 7:30am (US & fuboTV — Free Trial)
  • Spain: Real Madrid vs. Espanyol, 10:15 a.m. (ESPN+)
  • Italy: Napoli vs. Sassuolo, 9 a.m. (Paramount+)
  • Germany: Augsburg vs. Cologne, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN +)
  • France: Lens vs. Nantes, 11 am (beIN Sports and fuboTV — Free trial)
  • Argentina: Sarmiento vs. River Plate, 8:30 p.m. (Paramount +)
  • Brazil: America Mineiro vs. Atl├ętico-PR, 3:30 p.m. (Paramount +)

Sunday May 1: A game to watch 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, 9am (Peacock)
  • Spain: Barcelona vs. Mallorca, 3:00 p.m. (ESPN +)
  • Italy: Rome vs. Bologna, 2:45 p.m. (Paramount+)
  • France: Olympique Marseille vs. Olympique Lyon, 2:45 pm (beIN Sports and fuboTV — Try it for free)
  • Brazil: Corinthians vs. Fortress, 3pm (Paramount+)