Saturday Open Thread: Sami Probably Doesn't Fear Failure Edition

Dennis Grombkowski

The FA Cup slate takes center stage in England, while Suso takes a trip to Levante, Fiorentina look to separate themselves further from Inter, and each of Germany's top four are in action, highlighted by Schalke's visit to Sami Hyypia's Bayer Leverkusen.

Something of a relaxing weekend on tap for Liverpool supporters, most of whom have their sights firmly set on Swansea's visit to Anfield next Saturday. Tomorrow's visit to the Emirates is important in its own right, but the league campaign has rightly taken top billing. Not much to do other than wait, though, and there's plenty to follow in the meantime, both in the FA Cup and abroad.

Chelsea's visit to Manchester City is the main event in England, with Sunderland hosting Southampton, Wigan visiting Cardiff, and Charlton Athletic heading to Sheffield Wednesday in the competition's other Saturday matches. Only one to follow in Serie A is Inter's trip to surging Fiorentina, who booked their spot in the Coppa Italia final midweek, while Suso will hopefully get a start for Almeria at Levante and Sami Hyypia's second-place Leverkusen side will try to hold off Schalke in the Bundesliga.

Check out ESPNFC's live scores page or LiveSoccerTV, which has a schedule along with live and repeat viewings on offer through legal providers. Check your local listings and the LiveSoccer schedule page to catch up, and feel free to talk about any and all of it below. Reminder that links to illegal streaming sites will be removed immediately and repeat offenders will be banned.

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