Metro’s Best Free Kick Football: Sunday, July 9

Go ahead and watch Man City vs Everton on TV, but be prepared for a long wait.

This afternoon, Manchester City will go head-to-head with Everton for the first time since the 2006-07 season, per website Everton will host City at Goodison Park, and expect to clinch the title. The story at this early point is that Everton, once a great club, is now just a side that plays one man, Romelu Lukaku.

Saturday night is where things get really crazy, as Manchester United comes to Merseyside. Here’s a look at some of the key matches to watch.

As far as time, we’re targeting a 6:30 ET kickoff in Baltimore. Kick-off information can be found on the home site for the Baltimore Ravens.

Playoff contenders Manchester City vs. Everton will start at 3:30 ET on NBCSN, as well as the station’s U.S. feeds.

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona

With Juventus’ 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid on Saturday night, that puts Barcelona atop the table, two points ahead of Bayern Munich. It also changes the depth of the Spanish league, especially in the midfield, which means that Sunday’s Real Madrid visit to Spain could be very interesting.

Barcelona still can win the league, but the team is getting down to the wire of the season. Bayern hosts Madrid in two weeks, and Barca visits Athletic Bilbao. The Bavarians also host Dynamo Kiev and Juventus in mid-September. The Catalans host Olympiakos on Sept. 30, and then go on the road for their last two league games, facing Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

Tottenham vs. Brighton

Tottenham visit Brighton, and is trying to hold on to fourth place in the Premier League table. Stranger things have happened, but the home team carries most of the advantage at Brighton, because the south coast is notorious for having horrible weather. In past seasons, the home side has averaged more than three goals per game, and will try to put Spurs on the ropes on Saturday.

Bournemouth vs. Stoke

It’s a pivotal match for Bournemouth, who are looking to move out of the relegation zone after beating Watford in midweek. With Arsenal’s shaky form, the Cherries have a fighting chance at avoiding the drop, and a win against Stoke would help tremendously.

Southampton vs. Crystal Palace

The Premier League season has only been going for a few weeks, but Crystal Palace is already top of the pile for the oddsmakers. The Eagles are the only side not in the bottom three, and will be forced to shake off that streak in their opener vs. Southampton. It’s not entirely out of the question that Palace, who play bottom-of-the-table Burnley on Saturday, could go on a big run.

Manchester United vs. Liverpool

This is a pivotal match for Manchester United, and arguably the toughest matchup of the Sunday slate. Expect to see Jurgen Klopp as furious as ever as he attempts to knock United off the top of the table.

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