Best Bets Jan. 20/21: What to watch

January, 19, 2012
1/19/12
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FRIDAY, JAN. 20
  • TELEVISION
GERMAN BUNDESLIGA
Bayern Munich at Borussia Mönchengladbach
GolTV, 11:30 a.m.

Germany's league returns from winter break with a real battle, between frontrunning Bayern and fourth-place Gladbach, which was a surprise leader early in the season.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
America at Estudiantes Tecos
Galavision, 6 p.m.
The beloved Aguilas, trying to bounce back to respectability after the horrific Apertura showing, have already won on the road against one patsy. Here's another.
Also
San Luis at Morelia, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 5:55 p.m.
Liga de Ascenso
Leones Negros at Altamira, GolTV, 5 p.m.

2012 OLYMPIC WOMEN'S QUALIFYING
United States vs. Dominican Republic
Universal Sports, 7:30 p.m.
The U.S. women begin their march toward London in a Group B opener of the CONCACAF tournament in Vancouver. Anything other than a lopsided win will be a shock.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21
  • TELEVISION
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea at Norwich City
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m.

The Blues sit fourth and have more to worry about with what's behind them, especially with London rival Arsenal, than catching Manchesters City and United and Tottenham, which look like a top-three to finish with. Norwich has been a pleasant surprise in its first season back in the top flight.
Also
Newcastle United at Fulham, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m. and midnight
Blackburn at Everton, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion at Stoke City, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 a.m.
Liverpool at Bolton, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m.
Swansea City at Sunderland, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.
Aston Villa at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.
Australian A-League
Gold Coast United at Sydney FC, Fox Soccer Channel, 10 p.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA
Sevilla at Real Betis
ESPN Deportes, 12:55 p.m.
Sevilla sits just one point out of a European cup berth for next season and look to end a three-game league road losing streak.
Also
Granada at Espanyol, ESPN Deportes, 8:55 a.m.
Getafe at Racing Santander, GolTV, 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Atletico Madrid at Real Sociedad, GolTV, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
German Bundesliga
VfB Stuttgart at Schalke 04, ESPN Deportes, 6:45 a.m.
Italian Serie A
Juventus at Atalanta, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Club Tijuana at Guadalajara
Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.
The Xolos have four points from their first two Clausura games and remain unbeaten since Antonio Mohamed took charge in the middle of the fall Apertura. Survival is looking better all the time, and a positive result -- upset victory or draw -- against Chivas could position Tijuana for much more.
Also
Pachuca at Cruz Azul, ESPN Deportes, 2:55 p.m.; Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 3 p.m.
Pumas UNAM at Monterrey, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3 p.m.
Atlas at Gallos Blancos, Galavision, 3 p.m.
Jaguares at Santos Laguna, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.
Brazilian Campeonato Paulista
Mirassol at Corinthians, ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m.
Argentine preseason
Boca Juniors vs. Independiente, Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Venezuela at United States
Galavision, 6 p.m.
Jurgen Klinsmann
takes a mostly domestic team to Glendale, Ariz., for the Yanks' 2012 opener, a match that means little except to the players hoping to show the coaching staff that they deserve a chance when the World Cup qualifying campaign begins in June.

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