MNT Dec 18, 2009
After a dramatic win in the Europa League, Clint Dempsey and Fulham have learned their fate in the knockout round. They'll meet 2009 UEFA Cup champions Shakhtar Donetsk in a two-legged playoff. If the Cottagers can get by the Ukranian outfit, they'll meet either Ajax or Juventus in the Round of 16. In domestic action, Fulham meet champions Manchester United this weekend. You can see the game live on Setanta at 10 a.m. ET on Setanta.
Jozy Altidore and Hull City travel south to London to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium live at 12:30 p.m. on FSC.
Also on Saturday: Jay DeMerit and Watford take on Peterborough United; DaMarcus Beasley and Rangers meet Motherwell; Michael Bradley and Borussia Möenchengladbach travel to face Bundesliga-leaders Bayer Leverkusen; Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play host to VFL Bochum; Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes meet Paris Saint-Germain.
Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves face Burnley in a six-pointer on Sunday. After a mid-week loss to champions Manchester United, Wolves are back in action (albeit with a totally different lineup) in a game which could have major implications for the end of the season. See the game live at 8:30 a.m. on Setanta.
Jonathan Spector and West Ham meet Chelsea in a London derby. Chelsea look to get back on track while West Ham need points to escape the danger area. You can watch the game from Upton Park at 11 a.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.
Everton were also in the UEFA Europa League draw on Friday, with Sporting Lisbon coming out of the hat for the Toffees. While Tim Howard and Everton are through to the next round in the continental competition, their fortunes have been a bit different in domestic action. Everton goes for its first win in six games against Birmingham, a team looking for its sixth straight win. Pro Tip: If you want to impress people at your holiday party this weekend, ask them who is top of the Premier League form table. If anybody gets it right, they're a keeper. You can watch Everton vs. Birmingham on delay on Fox Soccer Channel at 5 p.m.