Preview: Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, from March 11-14, 2022




SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv can look forward to extended action from the Premier LeagueLa Liga  and Serie A, with matches scheduled to run from Friday 11 to Monday 14 March 2022.

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(TOP: AC Milan’s Rafael Leao).

The pick of Premier League matches for this round sees Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on the evening of Saturday 12 March. This clash is very much about two teams fighting for a spot in the top four, even though they have yet to fully realise their identities and potential under respective managers Ralf Rangnick and Antonio Conte respectively.

“We know we have to fight to build something important with the situation but it’s important to know the situation,” said Spurs boss Antonio Conte.

“Maybe our fans shouldn’t be disappointed with the [situation] – instead they should try and push us and stay behind us. The players need to find the right atmosphere and feel no pressure about a target that in this moment you can’t reach. I’ve been saying this since my arrival.”

Another intriguing clash sees Chelsea host Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. While the Blues’ class is undeniable, the Magpies have been one of the headline-making teams of recent weeks, enjoying an upturn in form which has significantly boosted their survival hopes and will see them head to London with a measure of confidence that they can cause trouble for the reigning European and World champions.

“It’s a case of just getting the fundamentals right, and that means making sure the work on the training ground is as good and detailed as it can be, and making sure that the team is as organised as it can be,” said Newcastle boss Eddie Howe.

“Then, it’s about trying to develop every single player to the best of my ability, and that’s always been a huge focus of mine. Whether the player is in the team or out of the team, it’s about trying to make sure every player improves.”

Elsewhere in the Premier League this round, champions Manchester City will be in action on Monday night away to Crystal Palace; Liverpool will face a testing game away to Brighton & Hove Albion in the early kick-off on Saturday; and Sunday’s pick is Arsenal welcoming Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium in London.

SuperSport is also the only place to get English commentary on the legendary La Liga, where the top match for this round sees Real Betis host Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Benito Villamarin. Both teams are fighting for a place in continental club football for next season, with Los Verdiblancos setting their sights on the top four and the UEFA Champions League, while Los Leones are targeting the top six and spot in the UEFA Europa or Conference Leagues.

“We know the quality of the opposition, they are enjoying a great season and will have strong support at their home stadium,” said Athletic manager Marcelino García Toral. “We expect to have a difficult encounter, but I have faith in my players’ ability to pick up a good result, even against such a strong team with a great manager in Manuel Pellegrini.”

Real Madrid’s hunt for the title takes them to the beautiful island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean, where they will come up against a Los Piratas team fighting to move away from the lower reaches of the table and establish themselves as mid-tablers.

“A difficult game and soon after we will have played Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the Champions League, which of course makes it difficult, but these are the challenges that we as a big club are used to dealing with,” said Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Barcelona will back themselves to beat Osasuna at the Camp Nou, while champions Atletico Madrid will feel the same for their clash with Cadiz. Sevilla, meanwhile, have a tricky trip away to Rayo Vallecano, who have consistently punched above their weight this season – though lately they have struggled to build momentum.

“It is true that the environment of the beginning affects because everyone is aware of other things. I don’t know how to solve it, I only know that it hurts the team and I can’t say much more,” said Rayo boss Andoni Iraola.

This round in Serie A is all about the top three in the race for the title, with Napoli travelling to Verona, Internazionale will be away to Torino, and AC Milan are at home to Empoli. The Neapolitans, Nerazzurri and Rossoneri will all be chasing a three-point haul in what is arguably Europe’s most exciting major championship race in 2021-22.

One of the key men Napoli will be hoping spearheads their push for a first title in more than three decades is Nigerian Victor Osimhen. The Super Eagles star has had health and injury issues since heading to Naples in 2020, but he has still impressed with his goal scoring acumen and manager Luciano Spalletti is convinced that there is more to come from the striker.

“Osimhen has the qualities and characteristics. It is we who have to improve in something to serve him,” said Spalletti, who wants his midfielders to feed the Nigerian quicker when in possession: “They don’t always go and dribble, we have to play the ball faster and put the defenders to go and defend on his qualities.”

Milan boss Stefano Pioli, meanwhile, also has a rising star in his ranks in the shape of Rafael Leao. The Rossoneri manager recently compared the Portugal international to French great Thierry Henry.

“I believe he can always do better, he must not be satisfied,” Pioli explained. “He reminds me of Henry, but it is true that Rafa must be himself. Leao is an extraordinary player, but he mustn’t rest on his laurels.”

Elsewhere in Italy for this round, capital city clubs Lazio and Roma will be at home to Venezia and away to Udinese respectively, while Atalanta will welcome Genoa to Bergamo – with the latter club desperate to claim some points in their fight against relegation.

Also keep an eye on Juventus, who have a tricky game away to Sampdoria. Bianconeri legend Alessandro Del Piero has called on manager Massimiliano Allegri to play with three forwards to boost their hopes of a top-for finish.

“At times, I see a Juve that will reach the Champions League in the end with [Paulo] Dybala and a centre-forward, with [Alvaro] Morata in the [Mario] Mandzukic role,” Del Piero said. “If Allegri has the ability to keep all forwards on the pitch, he must do so.”

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Premier League broadcast details, 12-14 March 2022

All times CAT

Saturday 12 March

14:30: Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport Maximo 360

17:00: Brentford v Burnley – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv Football

17:00: Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2

17:00: Leeds United v Norwich City – LIVE on SuperSport Action

17:00: Southampton v Watford – LIVE on SuperSport OTT2

19:30: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

Sunday 13 March

16:00: Chelsea v Newcastle United – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

16:00: West Ham United v Aston Villa – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3

18:30: Arsenal v Leicester City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

Monday 14 March

22:00: Crystal Palace v Manchester City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport Maximo 1, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football

 

La Liga broadcast details, 11-14 March 2022

All times CAT

Friday 11 March

22:00: Atletico Madrid v Cadiz – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

Saturday 12 March

15:00: Levante v Espanyol – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

17:15: Granada v Elche – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

19:30: Villarreal v Celta Vigo – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2, SuperSport GOtv La Liga and SuperSport GOtv Football

22:00: Getafe v Valencia – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

Sunday 13 March

15:00: Rayo Vallecano v Sevilla – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

17:15: Real Betis v Athletic Bilbao – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

19:30: Real Sociedad v Alaves – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

22:00: Barcelona v Osasuna – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2, SuperSport Maximo 360, SuperSport GOtv Football and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

Monday 14 March

22:00: Mallorca v Real Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

 

Serie A broadcast details, 12-14 March 2022

All times CAT

Saturday 12 March

16:00: Spezia v Cagliari – LIVE on SuperSport OTT2

16:00: Salernitana v Sassuolo – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

19:00: Sampdoria v Juventus – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

21:45: AC Milan v Empoli – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

Sunday 13 March

13:30: Fiorentina v Bologna – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv Football

16:00: Verona v Napoli – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football

19:00: Udinese v Roma – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2

19:00: Atalanta v Genoa – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

21:45: Torino v Internazionale – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

Monday 14 March

21:45: Lazio v Venezia– LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

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