Thirsty Thursday Weekend Fútbol Preview and EPL Pool Update – EPL Round 8

We are back!  As you know, this is your weekly post to remind you to put the EPL tips in, tell you who is winning, and to give you the weekend’s fútbol schedule so that you could plan your weekend activities accordingly. 

I am also using it to keep you up to speed on how we are doing on the two NFL Commentist competitions and to remind to put your tips in prior to tonight’s TNF game.

Before I begin, I want to give credit for all the hot lady soccer fan pictures to the Fútbol Babes Twitter account. Those folks do the Lord’s Work and deserve a follow from you.


EPL Tipping Pool Standings

PlaceTipperRound TipsRound MarginTotal TipsTotal Margin
2Son of Spam71397
3Reverend Mayhem90398
4Mr. Ayo91377
6Game Time Decision61368
9Joliet Jake Delhomme81359
13King Hippo633011
16Yeah Right612911
17Don T722710

I think, for the first time in all of the time in which DFO has been running tipping contests, we got a completely perfect week from a tipper. That, of course, means getting all the tips correct and getting the margin to zero. The person doing that was….. me.

It’s kinda lame that I got this on the same week that Litre_cola got a perfect 10 for 10 week in tipping! His margin was only 1. Ordinarily, all the accolades would have gone to him. As it is, we can both bask in the afterglow of 10 for 10 tipping.

There was a lot of movement elsewhere in the pool as many people had good weeks while others struggled.

If you want to join the pool, there is still plenty of time as we’ve only just completed Round 7 out of 38. It’s free to play and all you have to do is create an account with ESPN Australia. It’s a different ESPN from here, so your normal ESPN login will not work:


Weekend Schedule

I’m being told that Canadian viewers only need to sign up for DAZN and they can get all the coverage of all the world’s fútbol leagues in one place.


Foxes again?

In the US, NBC holds the rights to the EPL, so you’ll be able to see games on their networks and the NBC Sports Gold package. Here are the games on tap this weekend (all times Pacific and home teams always listed first):

Friday, October 4, 2019

No game scheduled

Saturday, October 5, 2019

4:30 AM – Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

7:00 AM – Burnley v Everton

7:00 AM – Liverpool v Leicester City

7:00 AM – Norwich City v Aston Villa

7:00 AM – Watford v Sheffield United

9:30 AM – West Ham United v Crystal Palace

Sunday, October 6, 2019

6:00 AM – Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth

6:00 AM – Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

6:00 AM – Southampton v Chelsea

8:30 AM – Newcastle United v Manchester United

Monday, October 7, 2019

12 Noon – No game scheduled


In the US and Canada, BeIn Sports is the rights-holder for La Liga, so you can find all the games there. Here is this week’s schedule (all times Pacific and home teams always listed first):

Friday, October 4, 2019

12 Noon – Real Betis v Éibar

Saturday, October 5, 2019

4:00 AM – Leganés v Levante

7:00 AM – Real Madrid v Granada

9:30 AM – Valencia v Deportivo Alavés

12:00 Noon – Osasuna v Villarreal

Sunday, October 6, 2019

3:00 AM – Mallorca v Espanyol

5:00 AM – Celta de Vigo v Athletic de Bilbao

7:00 AM – Real Valladolid v Atlético Madrid

9:30 AM – Real Sociedad v Getafe

12:00 Noon – Barcelona v Sevilla

Monday, October 7, 2019

No game scheduled


Liga MX games are aired in the United States on TUDN, and the varied Univision networks. Fox Sports Deportes also has selected games (all times Pacific and home teams always listed first):

Friday, October 4, 2019

7:00 PM – Morelia v Necaxa

7:00 PM – Tijuana v Atlas

Saturday, October 5, 2019

3:00 PM – León v Veracruz

3:00 PM – Cruz Azul v América

5:00 PM – Tigres UANL v Santos Laguna

7:00 PM – Guadalajara v Pumas UNAM

Sunday, October 6, 2019

10:00 AM – Toluca v Puebla

5:00 PM – Juárez v Atlético San Luis

6:00 PM – Querétaro v Monterrey


In the United States, Fox Sports has the rights to the Bundesliga, so you can find games on the Fox Sports networks. Here is the weekend schedule (you know the drill..):

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:30 AM – Hertha BSC v Fortuna Düsseldorf

Saturday, October 5, 2019

6:30 AM – Bayern Munchen v Hoffenheim

6:30 AM – Bayer Leverkusen v RB Leipzig

6:30 AM – Freiburg v Borussia Dortmund

6:30 AM – Paderborn v Mainz 05

9:30 AM – Schalke 04 v Köln

Sunday, October 6, 2019

4:30 AM – Borussia Mönchengladbach v Augsburg

6:30 AM – Wolfsburg v Union Berlin

9:00 AM – Eintracht Frankfurt v Werder Bremen

Monday, October 7, 2019

No game scheduled


BeIn Sports is the rights-holder for Ligue 1. Luckily, BeIn Sports has like 8 channels through their BeIn Sports Connect app, so you can see most of the games live:

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:45 AM – Amiens SC v Olympique Marseille

Saturday, October 5, 2019

8:30 AM – PSG v Angers SCO

11:00 AM – Dijon v Strasbourg

11:00 AM – Montpellier v Monaco

11:00 AM – Toulouse v Bordeaux

11:00 AM – Brest v Metz

11:00 AM – Nantes v Nice

Sunday, October 6, 2019

6:00 AM – Lille v Nîmes

8:00 AM – Rennes v Reims

12:00 Noon – Saint Étienne v Olympique Lyonnais


¡Dios Mío!

ESPN has the rights to Serie A. All games are available on the ESPN+ package:

Friday, October 4, 2019

11L45 Brescia v Sassuolo

Saturday, October 5, 2019

6:00 AM – SPAL v Parma

9:00 AM – Hellas Verona v Sampdoria

11:45 AM – Genoa v Milan

Sunday, October 6, 2019

3:30 AM – Fiorentina v Udinese

6:00 AM – Atalanta v Lecce

6:00 AM – Bologna v Lazio

6:00 AM – Roma v Cagliari

9:00 AM – Torino v Napoli

11:45 AM – Inter v Juventus

Monday, October 7, 2019

No game scheduled.


As I like to say on the AFL Beat:


Le fin

Enjoy the weekend!




Just in time for the NFL Thursday Night Football Extravaganza, here is your reminder to put in your tips for the NFL Tipping Pool and for the DFO Eliminator Challenge. Links are below:

Tipping Pool:

Eliminator Challenge:

After Week Four, there are still 14 Commentists left in the Eliminator Challenge as we had a bloodbath this last weekend. Tough luck to Don T, King Hippo, and Haywood Jablowme who placed his/her faith in the Indianapolis Colts to beat the lowly Raiders and were duly rewarded.

Not to be outdone, Packblaze, Litre_cola, Sally Can’t Dance, pitbullxx2, and I all picked the Rams to beat the Bucs at home and got kicked right out of the contest. Good luck to the illustrious 14 that live to pick another week!

As for the NFL Tipping Pool, here are the standings:

PTipperRound TipsRound MarginTotal TipsTotal Margin
1King Hippo8114251
2Game Time Decision7134051
4Son Of Spam773934
5Reverend Mayhem6113942
6Yeah Right823948
10Why Eagles Why743430
12Don T6173452
13The King In Yellow6113343

A big hearty well done to Litre_cola and Sharkbait, who got the top scores this week! There was movement all over the table as this was a rough week for tipping! Please remember that you get a 5 point bonus for picking all games correctly, so you can catch up quick!

As I mentioned above,





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Senor Weaselo

I’d say hot churro vendors but at least in NYC subways it’s a law that they’re old Hispanic ladies.


Same with the tamale ladies

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I keep waiting and waiting for something special from Everton. Even bargaining down to competence ain’t worked.

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Can’t wait for Spurs to disappoint me again.