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Best Bets Nov. 3/4: What to watch

11/3/2011

THURSDAY, NOV. 3

  • TELEVISION

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Udinese (Italy) at Atletico Madrid (Spain)

GolTV, 1 p.m.


The Little Zebras are off to a terrific start, second in Serie A and on top midway through the Group I slate in Europe's No. 2 club competition. Atletico, which won this competition two seasons ago, lost the first meeting, two weeks ago in Udine, on two late goals.

Also

Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) at Paris Saint-Germain (France), GolTV, 11 a.m.

UEFA Champions League

Lille (France) at Inter Milan (Italy), Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 11 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 6 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo

ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.

The Dynamo are healthy, confident, have much more than MVP candidate Brad Davis -- and they're looking like a good bet to make it to the MLS Cup final. Philly must overcome a 2-1 deficit from their home leg in the first-round playoff series.

Also

New York Red Bulls at Galaxy, ESPN2, 8 p.m.

College women

Washington State at Washington, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m. and midnight

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Libertad (Paraguay) at LDU Quito (Ecuador)

Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

Every top-eight seed but one advanced to the quarterfinals of South America's No. 2 club competition, and that's because Liga de Quito did enough in their home leg to upset defending champion Independiente.

Also

Vasco da Gama (Brazil) at Universitario (Peru), Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

U de Chile (Chile) at Arsenal de Sarandi (Argentina), Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN

Cal State Northridge at Long Beach State

George Allen Field (Long Beach), 2 p.m.


CSUN stunned the 49ers during the regular season, a loss that, it turns out, cost them the Big West Conference title. The rematch is a semifinal in the conference tournament, which Long Beach might need to capture to get into the NCAA tournament.

Also

UC Davis at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.

Redlands at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 7 p.m.

Pomona-Pitzer at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Claremont), 7 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York Red Bulls at Galaxy

Home Depot Center (Carson), 8 p.m.

The Red Bulls put heavy pressure on L.A. after falling behind in the first leg, but if there was any question about Omar Gonzalez's MLS Defender of the Year candidacy, it's gone now. A draw is all the Galaxy needs to reach their third straight Western Conference final.

TV: ESPN2, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOV. 4

  • TELEVISION

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

VfB Stuttgart at FSV Mainz 05

ESPN Deportes, 12:25 p.m.


Sixth-place Stuttgart is unbeaten in its last six games, league and cup, and within reach of the No. 2 spot. Mainz has lost six of 11 games and appears at risk for relegation.

UEFA Europa League

FC Zurich (Switzerland) at Lazio (Italy), GolTV, 5 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN

Cal Poly at UC Santa Barbara

Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

California's biggest college rivalry game typically draws five-figure crowds, and they usually get to see a sizzler. Now we all do. All that's at stake is where UCSB will seeded in the Big West Conference tournament.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Jaguares at Morelia

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 7:10 p.m.

The club from Chiapas is having a wonderful season, second place and playoff-bound heading into the final regular-season game of the Apertura. Morelia, after beating Santos in Wednesday's resumption of a gunbattle-halted clash, is on the bubble and can clinch a playoff spot with a win.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN

USC at UCLA

Drake Stadium (Westwood), 7 p.m.


You know what they say about rivalry games, and no So Cal college soccer rivalry approaches this one. Yes, the Bruins are among the nation's best sides -- just one loss, ranked fourth in the nation -- and USC has suffered through a difficult, disappointing campaign. Means nothing here.

Also

The Master's at Azusa Pacific (Azusa), 2 p.m.

San Francisco at Pepperdine (Malibu), 3 p.m.

College men

Portland at Loyola Marymount (Westchester), 3 p.m.