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Best Bets Feb. 10/11: What to watch

2/10/2012

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 (as is the Montreal-L.A. Blues 45-minute exercise to follow). Fans must be content with this one instead.

SATURDAY, FEB. 11

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Liverpool at Manchester United

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m.


Expect a tense afternoon at Old Trafford, where Liverpool's Luis Suarez meets up again with United's Patrice Evra, whose claim he'd been racially abused by the Uruguayan forward led to an eight-game ban that just ended. Replays: ESPN Deportes, noon and 6 p.m.

Also

Arsenal at Sunderland, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Chelsea at Everton, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

Newcastle at Tottenham, Fox Soccer Channel, 9:30 a.m.

Queens Park Rangers at Blackburn, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.

Stoke City at Fulham, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

Wigan Athletic at Bolton, Fox Soccer Plus, 3 p.m.

Championship

Portsmouth at Blackpool, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Bayer Leverkusen at Borussia Dortmund

GolTV, 6:30 a.m.


Robert Lewandowski has scored or assisted 20 league goals for first-place Dortmund, which welcomes a Ruhr rival trying to keep hold of a Europa League slot.

Also

Kaiserslautern at Bayern Munich, ESPN Deportes, 6:45 a.m.

Schalke 04 at Borussia Mönchengladbach, GolTV, 3 p.m.

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Ituano at Palmeiras, ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.

Australian A-League

Brisbane Roar at Wellington Phoenix, Fox Soccer Channel, 8 p.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A

AC Milan at Udinese

Fox Soccer Plus, 8:55 a.m./Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.

The Rossoneri have done well to stick within a point of unbeaten Juventus despite four losses. Success at fourth-place Udinese will be tougher without suspended Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Replay: Fox Soccer Plus, midnight.

Also

Palermo at Cagliari, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. and midnight; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Spanish La Liga

Atletico Madrid at Racing Santander, ESPN Deportes, 8:50 a.m. and 1 a.m.

Barcelona at Osasuna, GolTV, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Athletic Bilbao at Real Betis, GolTV, 1 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Guadalajara at Monterrey

Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2:55 p.m.

Here are two giants looking for a path back toward the top. Chivas, playing so young a squad, is last in the standings, one of two clubs without a win through five games. Monterrey is middle-of-the-pack after missing the Apertura playoffs, far below standard.

Also

Gallos Blancos at Jaguares, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.

UANL Tigres at San Luis, Galavision, 4:55 p.m.

Estudiantes Tecos at Pachuca, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Toluca at Atlante, Galavision, 6:55 p.m.

America at Atlas, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 7 p.m.

Beach Soccer Cancun

Mexico vs. Spain, Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.

United States vs. El Salvador, Fox Deportes, midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS PRESEASON

Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire

Oxnard College, noon


The Goats return to Ventura County to take on the Fire, another club looking to find its way back to the playoffs. The Fire send a second group against the Ventura County Fusion at 2 p.m.