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Best Bets Jan. 9/10: What to watch

1/9/2012

MONDAY, JAN. 9

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH F.A. CUP

Leeds United at Arsenal

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.


Thierry Henry, the greatest scorer in Arsenal's long, rich history, returns to the Gunners on loan from the New York Red Bulls in time for a third-round clash. The winner gets Aston Villa. Replay: FSC, 5 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MEN'S/WOMEN'S FRIENDLIES

Fullerton Rangers vs. FC Hasental, 3:45 p.m.

Canadian national team vs. Los Alamitos Vikings, 7 p.m.

Titan Stadium (Cal State Fullerton)


So Cal's newest NPSL team, from Fullerton, stages a doubleheader, with the Rangers taking on a league rival in the opener and a WPSL side from Los Al helping Canada's Olympic qualifying preparations in the nightcap.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP

Cardiff City at Crystal Palace

Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m.


Second-tier rivals tangle to determine an unlikely finalist in the Carling Cup, England's No. 2 cup competition. A flu bug rampaging the roster might do more harm to Palace than the Welshmen. Replays: 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.

SPANISH COPA DEL REY

Real Madrid at Malaga

GolTV, 1 p.m.

The La Liga title is in reach for Real, which pulled five points ahead of archrival Barcelona over the weekend, and the Merengues want the cup crown, too. They bring a 3-2 lead, built on late goals by Sami Khedira, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema, from the first leg in the round-of-16 series. Awaiting in quarterfinals? Yep, Barca.

Also

Real Sociedad at Mallorca, ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.