The football you should be watching on TV in November
November is set to be a big month both domestically and in Europe with the Premier League taking shape and a number of clubs looking to book a place in the Champions League knock-out stages.
The FA Cup proper kicks off this weekend as sides from League 1 and 2 join the world’s oldest national club football competition.
And international football returns with World Cup play-offs and friendlies that will hopefully be remembered for something other than whether the players wore poppies or not.
Welcome to Cable.co.uk’s monthly round up of the top football matches to watch on TV.
Spurs v Real Madrid, Champions League, BT Sport, Wednesday 1 November 7.45pm
Tottenham picked up a creditable draw in the Bernabéu a fortnight ago and are hoping star striker Harry Kane will be fit to play in this monster game at Wembley after missing the 1-0 defeat to Man Utd with a hamstring injury.
Dele Alli returns for Spurs following a three-game suspension.
Real also suffered defeat at the weekend (a 2-1 loss to Girona). Defender Raphael Varane and goalkeeper Keylor Navas should start despite picking up knocks.
Wolves v Fulham, Championship, Sky Sports, Friday 3 November 7.45pm
The most difficult league to predict keeps throwing up surprises. Just as Wolves were starting to look unbeatable and even managed to keep a clean sheet against Man City, they went and lost to new league leaders Sheffield Utd.
Fulham continue to sit mid-table having failed to back up impressive wins at Forest and QPR in September. Draws at home to Preston and Bolton and defeat at Villa have dampened play-off hopes for now.
It feels like this should be a home banker but you just never know.Arsenal after winning the FA Cup last season
Hyde v MK Dons, FA Cup 1st Round, BBC Two, Friday 3 November 7.55pm
One of only two sides left in the FA Cup who began in the preliminary rounds of the competition, Hyde are playing in the first round for the first time since 1994.
Hyde sit fourth in the Evo-Stik North having gone unbeaten in their first 11 matches of the season and are prime candidates for a shock result against MK Dons, who haven’t exactly set League 1 alight this season.
Middlesbrough v Sunderland, Man City v Arsenal and Chelsea v Man Utd, Premier League, Sky Sports, Sunday 5 November from 12.15pm
A cracking line-up of football on Sky starts with a local derby between two northeast sides that would have hoped to be doing better following relegation from the Premier League.
Attention then switches to the Premier League, where league leaders Man City take on Arsenal in what could be one of the most free-flowing games of the season so far.
Then we head to the home of reigning champions Chelsea to see whether Jose Mourinho parks the proverbial bus at his old club.
England v Germany, International Friendly, ITV, Friday 10 November 8pm
England went through World Cup qualifying unbeaten but many will see this as a bigger test for Gareth Southgate’s men despite it being 'just a friendly'.
You only need to go back to March for England’s last game against Germany, a game that felt like a Lukas Podolski testimonial and in which the former Arsenal man scored a fittingly brilliant winner in his last international.
Germany’s last trip to Wembley, in November 2013, also finished 1-0 with Per Mertesacker the unlikely match winner.
England v Brazil, International Friendly, ITV, Tuesday 14 November 8pm
England continue to build toward Russia 2018 when Neymar and co come to town
England continue to warm up for the World Cup with another of the FA’s prestige friendlies, this time against the five-time winners Brazil.
The two nations last met four years ago when they played out a 2-2 draw in the first game at the new Maracana Stadium in Rio.
Arsenal v Spurs, Premier League, Sky Sports, Saturday 18 November 12.30pm
The Premier League returns with the north first London derby of the season and the first to take place in the league at Wembley.
Harry Kane, incredibly, has already scored six goals in this fixture as Spurs have gone six Premier League games unbeaten against their rivals.
But Arsene Wenger knows a thing or two about this fixture himself – this will be his 51st north London derby and the Gunners boss went unbeaten in eight years at one point, avoiding defeat to Tottenham between 2000 and 2008.
Juventus v Barcelona, Champions League, BT Sport, Wednesday 22 November 7.45pm
There’s some cracking-looking ties in this round of Champions League matches but this, between two of Europe’s most famous old clubs, stands out.
Barca won the reverse fixture 3-0 and, although both teams may have qualified for the next round before this game, it’ll be interesting to see how Juve approach this one.
Liverpool v Chelsea, Premier League, Sky Sports, Saturday 25 November 5.30pm
We don’t yet know if Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will still be above Liverpool when the Italian takes his men to Anfield, but we know the Jurgen Klopp has an excellent record against top six sides and we know this fixture has provided us with some brilliant games in the past few years.
Celtic v Motherwell, Betfred Cup Final, BT Sport, Sunday 26 November 3pm
Brendan Rodgers' Celtic could have broken the British record of games unbeaten by the time they meet Motherwell
The first chance for British teams to win some silverware will be contested between Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park. At the time of writing, Celtic are unbeaten in 62 games domestically and will be strong favourites for this game.
But Motherwell have done well under boss Stephen Robinson and will be giving it all to get their hands on a first trophy since 1991.
How can I watch the Champions League?
In order to watch UCL games you'll need a a. There's various ways of doing that, because nothing in this life is simple.
It's easiest and cheapest if you're already a BT TV customer, in which case you can add all the BT Sport channels to your package for £3.50 a month.
BT broadband customers can currently get the BT Sport app free for three months and watch on your mobile or tablet – or stream to your TV if you've got Apple TV or Chromecast. From month four of the 12-month contract the app costs £7 a month.
If you want to watch a, it's currently free for three months if you take a 12-month contract and you're already a BT broadband customer. From month four it will cost you £10 a month. For non-BT broadband customers its £25.99 a month.Gary Lineker fronts BT Sport's live Champions League coverage
TalkTalk customers can also get BT Sport free for three months and then pay £22.99 for the rest of the 12-month contract, plus a £20 activation fee. Or £22.99 for one month and a £35 activation fee.
If you're with Virgin Media you can add BT Sport to your TV package for £18 a month.
There is another option if you're an EE pay monthly mobile customer and you haven't already taken advantage of a 'free BT Sport offer'. If this is you, you can get BT Sport free for three months then a fiver a month after that.
What about the Premier League, EFL and La Liga?
A BT Sport subscription will get you 42 live Premier League games this season, but if you want more you'll need Sky Sports.
Sky TV customers can currently get a for an extra £20 a month or Sky Sports Football on its own for £18 a month if you're not bothered about other sports.
BT TV customers can make sure they see all of the Premier League games by getting Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Extra for £27.50 a month, or £33.50 a month if they want to watch in HD.
a have to pay £34 to get Sky Sports added to their TV package while for Virgin customers its £31.95 to watch in standard definition and an extra £7 on top of that for HD.
Virgin also bundles both a in some of its bigger TV packages.
If you're looking for a bit more flexibility, you may want to consider a a. These get you access to all the Sky Sports channels but without tying you into a long contract.
A day pass costs £6.99, a week pass is £10.99 and a rolling monthly pass is £33.99.
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