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Best Bets Feb. 14/15: What to watch

2/14/2012

TUESDAY, FEB. 14

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Barcelona (Spain) at Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

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

The world's best team isn't going to win its league championship -- Real Madrid is 10 points ahead (!) in La Liga -- but remains the team to beat for Europe's title. A positive result in this round-of-16 first leg puts Barca one step from a quarterfinal showdown with, yes, Real Madrid. Replay: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 and 9 p.m.; FSC, 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

Also

APOEL (Cyprus) at Lyon (France), Fox Sports West, 11:30 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 and 8:30 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Boca Juniors (Argentina) at Zamora (Venezuela)

Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Mighty Boca looks to keep pace with Fluminense against a little-known side that won its first league title last year in a Group 4 opener.

Also

Deportivo Quito (Ecuador) at Defensor Sporting (Uruguay), Fox Deportes, 10:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS PRESEASON

Galaxy vs. Montreal Impact

Home Depot Center University Field 1 (Carson), 10:30 a.m.

The Galaxy's only home preseason match open the public -- for a $5 donation -- is the champs' initial meeting with Major League Soccer's newest club.

Also

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo, Oxnard College, 10 a.m.

Chivas USA vs. Montreal Impact, Home Depot Center University Field 2 (Carson), 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Arsenal (England) at AC Milan (Italy)

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

Robin van Persie has been nearly unstoppable for the Gunners, perhaps England's best chance in the European club championship now that Manchester United and Manchester City have dropped down to the Europa League. Replays: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 and 9 p.m.; FSC, 5 p.m.

Also

Benfica (Portugal) at Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), Fox Soccer Channel, 8:55 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Flamengo (Brazil) at Lanus (Argentina)

Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

A Group 2 opener in South America's club competition, with both sides looking to match Ecuador's Emelec, winner of the group's first match.

Also

Universidad de Chile (Chile) at Atletico Nacional (Colombia), Fox Deportes, 5 a.m.

Santos (Brazil) at The Strongest (Bolivia), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS PRESEASON

Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers

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

The Timbers have been the most impressive of the sides training in Southern California, with four goals in a romp over the Galaxy and two more to beat Houston -- at a time most attacks are lagging far behind defenses. This is the Fire's lone game at HDC.