Best Bets Nov. 20/21: What to watch, where to go
SUNDAY, NOV. 20
SPANISH LA LIGA
Real Madrid at Valencia
ESPN Deportes, 4 a.m.
Only one unbeaten left in Spain's top league -- Barcelona, naturally -- but the top spot belongs to mighty Real, which has won its last 10 games, all competitions, eight of them by at least three goals. Valencia has lost just one in La Liga and sits third. Replay: noon.
Getafe at Sporting Gijon, ESPN Depoters, 6:55 a.m.
Athletic Bilbao at Sevilla, ESPN Deportes, 8:55 a.m.
Levante at Atletico Madrid, GolTV, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Italian Serie A
Cesena at Bologna, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:25 a.m.
Palermo at Juventus, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.
Lecce at AS Roma, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. and midnight; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
1899 Hoffenheim at Hamburger SV, GolTV, 8:30 a.m. and midnight
French Ligue 1
Nancy at Paris Saint-Germain, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m.
AZ Alkmaar at Excelsior, ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.
Liverpool at Chelsea
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.
The Reds and Blues figure to be among the teams giving closest chase to Manchesters City and United, and maybe Chelsea makes it a real race. Replays: Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.; FSC, 8 p.m.
Bolton at West Bromwich Albion, Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.
Bristol City at Millwall, Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m.
Brighton & Hove Albion at Southampton, Fox Soccer Plus, 5 p.m.
MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
UANL Tigres at Pachuca
Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.
Tigres was third in the Apertura, just two points behind first-place Guadalajara and one point back from Cruz Azul, and they hope this is a better position than they occupied last tournament, when they finished first and promptly lost in their playoff opener. Pachuca survived the final week of the season to snag its berth.
Santos Laguna at Jaguares, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 2 p.m.
Uruguayan Primera Division
Peņarol at Nacional, GolTV, 1 p.m.
Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras
Atletico Mineiro at Corinthians, GolTV, 3 and 9 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Houston Dynamo at Galaxy
ESPN and Galavision, 6 p.m.
Is this David Beckham's last MLS match? Can Houston overcome MVP finalist Brad Davis' absence? Are the Galaxy the finest side in MLS history? Will set pieces determine this one (and if so, will the Dynamo's size be decisive)? Lots of questions to be answered at MLS Cup 2011, with both clubs seeing their third titles.
- ON LOCAL FIELDS
Long Beach State vs. San Diego
Drake Stadium (Westwood), 2 p.m.
A victory here sends the 49ers to the elite eight and a battle with Duke or Ohio State for one of four berths in Kennesaw, Ga. They might not have expected to face USD, which has upset UC Irvine and quartet host UCLA on penalties to reach the final 16.
Chico State vs. Abilene Christian at Cal State L.A. (University Heights), 2 p.m.
Houston Dynamo at Galaxy
Home Depot Center (Carson), 6 p.m.
L.A. hasn't lost at HDC this season, and a packed house -- scalpers are making a killing -- looks to cheer on the home team to the MLS Cup title. The Galaxy have won twice before, in 2002 and 2005, but this is probably the finest team in club history, so not winning would be more than just a disappointment.
TV: ESPN and Galavision
Delaware at UCLA
Drake Stadium (Westwood), 7 p.m.
The fourth-ranked Bruins' big star is Chandler Hoffman, who has scored 15 goals, but English defender Andy Rose is having as fine a campaign as anyone in blue. Delaware hasn't been to the NCAAs in four decades, but they upset powerful Virginia in the first round.
St. Mary's at UC Irvine, 5 p.m.
MONDAY, NOV. 21
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Aston Villa at Tottenham
ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m.
Brad Friedel, who's provided a nice backbone as Spurs have reeled off an eight-game unbeaten streak to settle in at fifth in the EPL, takes on his previous club, the eighth-place Villans.