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Best Bets Aug. 6/7: What to watch

SATURDAY, AUG. 6

  • TELEVISION

CLUB FRIENDLY

Barcelona (Spain) vs. America (Mexico)

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 1 p.m.

The pressure's on America in this World Football Challenge friendly after its archrival, Guadalajara, buried Europe's champs in Miami.

Also

Valencia (Spain) vs. Liverpool (England), Fox Soccer Channel, 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m. and 5 and 11 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, noon and 1 a.m.

Arsenal (England) vs. Benfica (Portugal), ESPN Deportes, 9:55 a.m. and 4:55 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Pumas UNAM at Guadalajara

Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.

Chivas took care of European champ Barcelona in a friendly Wednesday, thanks to two fabulous Marco Fabian de la Mora strikes. Now they go after Mexico's reigning champ, which is off to a surprising 3-0-0 start after toppling Monterrey.

Also

Pachuca at Gallos Blancos de Queretaro, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3 p.m.

Atlante at Cruz Azul, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.

Club Tijuana at Santos Laguna, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Morelia at Monterrey, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 7 p.m.

English Championship

Leeds United at Southampton, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Doncaster at Brighton & Hove Albion, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.

French Ligue 1

Lorient at Paris Saint-Germain, Fox Deportes, noon and midnight

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Coritiba at Flamengo, GolTV, 2:30 and 8:30 p.m.

German Bundesliga

Schalke 04 at VfB Stuttgart, GolTV, 4:30 p.m.

FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP

Saudi Arabia vs. Nigeria

ESPNU, 5:45 p.m.

Both countries are through to the group stage after destroying Guatemala and beating Croatia, and the winner here -- or the Africans, if it's a tie -- wins Group D.

Also

Australia vs. Spain, ESPNU, 2:45 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake

MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

These are MLS's two most talented sides, but neither has been living up to anything close to that -- and RSL, shut out by Columbus and Sporting Kansas City in successive games, is enduring an injury crisis.

Also

Chivas USA at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at D.C. United, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union, MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.

Seattle Sounders at Sporting Kansas City, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Direct Kick, 7:30 p.m.

FC Dallas at Galaxy, Prime Ticket, 8:30 p.m.

USL Premier Development League

Championship: Laredo Heat at Kitsap Pumas, Fox Soccer Channel, 4:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

FC Dallas at Galaxy

Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.

L.A. looked awful Wednesday night in Portland, but that shouldn't matter here, in a showdown with FC Dallas for the top spot in the West. This might be the premier regular-season matchup in MLS this season, and the Galaxy must win or the first tiebreaker goes the Hoops' way should the teams finish finish the season even on points.

TV: Prime Ticket, 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, AUG. 7

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH COMMUNITY SHIELD

Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Fox Soccer Channel, 6:30 a.m.

The traditional kickoff to the English season pits these archrivals, United the reigning Premier League champ and City fresh off their F.A. Cup triumph. Replays: Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.; FSC, 5 p.m.

English Championship

Cardiff City at West Ham United, Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Borussia Mönchengladbach at Bayern Munich

ESPN Deportes, 8:25 a.m.

Michael Bradley was hoping he'd still be in England or maybe to Italy by now, but instead he's back with 'Gladbach, which doesn't want him -- and he doesn't want to be there. Die Fohlen, who narrowly escaped relegation to the second division while he was away on loan to Aston Villa, start this season against the biggest name in German soccer, looking to regain the title after finishing third last year.

Also

Nürnberg at Hertha Berlin, ESPN Deportes, 6:25 a.m.

Dutch Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven at AZ Alkmaar, ESPN Deportes, 10:30 a.m.

French Ligue 1

Saint-Etienne at Girondins Bordeaux, Fox Soccer Plus, noon and 1 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago Fire at Vancouver Whitecaps

Galavision, 4 p.m.

Only two teams in MLS have as few as two wins, and these are them. The Fire, which has tied 13 of 21 matches, are looking to make a move behind new pick-ups Pavel Pardo and Sebastian Grazzini.

Women's Professional Soccer

Sky Blue FC at Philadelphia Independence, Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m. and midnight

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

UANL Tigres at Estudiantes Tecos

TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.

Former Galaxy standout Herculez Gomez is finding his way with suburban Guadalajara's Estudiantes, who stunned mighty America on Wednesday in Mexico City. Tigres, a title favorite, hasn't offered much through three games.

Also

Atlas at Toluca, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 10 a.m.

Jagures de Chiapas at Puebla, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Corinthians at Atletico Paranaense, GolTV, noon