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Best Bets Feb. 9/10: What to watch

2/9/2012

THURSDAY, FEB. 9

  • TELEVISION

ITALIAN COPPA ITALIA

Napoli at Siena

GolTV, 11:45 a.m.


Tuscan side Siena is the outsider in a powerful final four in Italy's cup competition, but after squeaking past Palermo and Chievo Verona to reach the semifinals, a win at home in the first leg could fuel a date with Juventus or AC Milan in May.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Olimpia (Paraguay) at Emelec (Ecuador)

Fox Deportes, 6:30 p.m.

The Paraguayans celebrate the 10th anniversary of their last South American club title -- and third overall -- with a Group 3 opener in Guayaquil.

Also

Junior (Colombia) at Union Española (Chile), Fox Deportes, 11 a.m.

Juan Aurich (Peru) at Internacional (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Bolivar (Bolivia) at Universidad Catolica (Chile), Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Comerical at São Paulo, GolTV, 3:45 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10

  • TELEVISION

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

SC Freiburg at VfL Wolfsburg

ESPN Deportes, 11:25 a.m.


Things are getting desperate for Freiburg, the Black Forest club that once employed local boy Paul Caligiuri. The Breisgau-Brasilianer are last in Germany's top league, three points deep into the relegation zone. And Wolfsburg posted shutouts in its first two home games since the end of winter break.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Santos Laguna at Morelia

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 5:55 p.m./Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.


Unbeaten Santos -- a potential semifinal opponent if the Galaxy beats Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals -- has won four in a row to open a three-point lead after just five games, but the Monarcas are starting to hit stride, with two wins (over San Luis and at Guadalajara) in their last three games.

Liga de Ascenso

Leon at Leones Negros, GolTV, 6:45 p.m.

Copa Libertadores

Alianza Lima (Peru) at Libertad (Paraguay), Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.

Argentine Primera Division

Olimpo at Boca Juniors, GolTV, 4:15 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS PRESEASON

Portland Timbers vs. Montreal Impact

Home Depot Center Field 4 (Carson), 10:30 a.m.


The MLS Cup rematch -- Galaxy vs. Houston -- kicks off at the same time on the other side of the HDC complex, but it's a closed-door match. Fans must be content with this one instead.