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Best Bets Dec. 18/19: What to watch

SUNDAY, DEC. 18

  • TELEVISION

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

Barcelona (Spain) vs. Santos (Brazil)

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 2:30 a.m.

Barca looks to repeat as FIFA's club champion with a battle against Neymar and the South American champs in the title game. Replays: Fox Deportes, 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.; FSC, 4 p.m.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Arsenal at Manchester City

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.

EPL leader Man City looks to bounce back from elimination from the UEFA Champions League and a first league loss, last weekend against Chelsea. The fifth-place Gunners haven't lost in league play since Oct. 2.

Also

Manchester United at Queens Park Rangers, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Liverpool at Aston Villa, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m.

Sunderland at Tottenham, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

Championship

Southampton at Portsmouth, Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A

Udinese at Lazio

Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.

The Scudetto race, in a nutshell: Two teams with 30 points, two with 28, and a gap to everyone else. Rome's Lazio is one of the teams with 28. Udine's Udinese has 30.

Also

AS Roma at Napoli, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Inter Milan at Cesena, Fox Soccer Channel, midnight

German Bundesliga

Mainz 05 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, GolTV, 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Spanish La Liga

Real Sociedad at Racing Santander, ESPN Deportes,10:40 a.m.

Malaga at Valencia, GolTV, 12:30 and 7 p.m. and midnight

French Ligue 1

Lille at Paris Saint-Germain, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m.

COLOMBIAN LIGA POSTOBON

Once Caldas at Junior

GolTV, 2:30 p.m.

Junior, from Barranquilla, won the regular-season title and has weaved through the playoffs into the fall title series, where third-place Once Caldas', winner of the same competition last year, awaits. The second leg is Wednesday in Manizales.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

INDOOR SOCCER

Tacoma Stars at Anaheim Bolts

Anaheim Convention Center, 6 p.m.

The Bolts would be looking for their fifth straight win had they held on to a four-goal lead Friday night in Turlock. That they didn't makes this one all the more vital.

MONDAY, DEC. 19

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

Birmingham City at Crystal Palace

Fox Soccer Plus, 11:40 a.m.

Midtable clubs, both above .500 and closer to the playoff zone than relegation, meet in a match that's important if either is going to make a run toward Premier League promotion. Replays: 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.