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Best Bets Feb. 2/3: What to watch

THURSDAY, FEB. 2

  • TELEVISION

ITALIAN SERIE A

Chievo Verona at Novara

Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.

They're calling Michael Bradley “General” for his command in Chievo's midfield. This one's must-win for the Flying Donkeys -- Novara is all but sure for the drop. Replays: 5 p.m. and midnight.

BRAZILIAN CAMPEONATO PAULISTA

Guarani at São Paulo

GolTV, 1:30 p.m.

The Galaxy lost Juninho to São Paulo, and he hasn't made the 18-man game roster for the first three state tournament matches, all victories. Guarani has won two of its first three.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Union Española (Chile) at UANL Tigres (Mexico)

Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

Los Alamitos' Jonathan Bornstein made his first competitive appearance for Tigres' first team since May in the first leg, a 1-0 loss in Chile. Overcome the deficit, and Mexico's champs join Bolivar (Bolivia), Junior (Colombia) and Universidad Catolica (Chile) in Group 3.

Also

Peñarol (Uruguay) at Caracas FC (Venezuela), Fox Deportes, 3:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEB. 3

  • TELEVISION

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Atlas at Estudiantes Tecos

Galavision, 6 p.m.

The most vital regular-season race this Clausura is between these Guadalajara rivals. One of them, it appears, is headed down to the second-tier Liga de Ascenso, and this could make the difference. Atlas has a four-point lead in the relegation table.

Liga de Ascenso

Irapuato at Altamira, GolTV, 5 p.m.

Antalya Cup

Final, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS PRESEASON

FC Hasental at Chivas USA

Home Depot Center Field 4 (Carson), 11 a.m.

Blair Gavin returns and Oswaldo Minda debuts as the Goats take on an NPSL team from Thousand Oaks in their second preseason encounter, tentatively scheduled for a field next to Avalon Boulevard.