March 31/April 1: What to watch

March, 30, 2012
3/30/12
11:45
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SATURDAY, MARCH 31
  • TELEVISION
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Sunderland at Manchester City
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 6:55 a.m.

City has faded, falling three points behind Manchester United atop the EPL table, since captain Vincent Kompany went down five games ago with a hamstring injury. Now he's back.
Also
Chelsea at Aston Villa, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.
Arsenal at Queens Park Rangers, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:55 a.m.
Norwich City at Fulham, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m.
Stoke City at Wigan Athletic, Fox Soccer Plus, 1:30 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion at Everton, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and midnight; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
Bolton at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:30 p.m.
Championship
Southampton at Blackpool, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 a.m.
Scottish Premier League
Rangers at Motherwell, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:55 a.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA
Levante at Valencia
ESPN Deportes, 1 p.m.
Three points separate third-place Valencia from fifth-place Levante, part of an eight- to 11-team battle for the final Champions League and Europa League slots.
Also
Granada at Racing Santander, GolTV, 9 a.m. and midnight
Real Madrid at Osasuna, ESPN Deportes, 11 a.m.
Athletic Bilbao at Barcelona, GolTV, 1 and 5 p.m.
German Bundesliga
Bayern Munich at Nuremberg, GolTV, 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Italian Serie A
AC Milan at Catania, Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.
Lazio at Parma, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
French Ligue 1
Dijon at Girondins Bordeaux, TV5Monde, 9:55 a.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Morelia at UANL Tigres
Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 6 p.m.
Only two teams have scored more goals than second-place Morelia (21) in the first dozen Clausura games. Nobody's surrendered fewer goals than third-place Tigres (7), which sits just a point off the lead.
Also
San Luis at Cruz Azul, ESPN Deportes, 3:55 p.m.; Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 4 p.m.
Puebla at Gallos Blancos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.
Pumas UNAM at Atlas, Galavision, 7:30 p.m.
Jaguares at Atlante, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 8 p.m.
Argentine Primera B Nacional
Ferrocarril Oeste at River Plate, GolTV, 3 and 9 p.m.

CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
Mexico vs. Canada
Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 6 p.m.
El Tri's U-23s can return to the Olympics after missing out four years ago with a victory in the semifinals at Kansas City.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Real Salt Lake at Portland Timbers
MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.
Javier Morales
and Alvaro Saborio are expected back in the starting lineup for RSL, which looks to bounce back from last week's loss to Chivas against a hit-and-miss Timbers side.
Also
Columbus Crew at Toronto FC, MLS Direct Kick, 11 a.m.
Montreal Impact at New York Red Bulls, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps at Philadelphia Union, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.
New England Revolution at Galaxy, NBC Sports Network, 8 p.m.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New England Revolution at Galaxy
Home Depot Center (Carson), 8 p.m.

The Galaxy returns after a bye last week in better shape after a difficult start to the campaign. Whether Landon Donovan will be with them is uncertain.
TV: NBC Sports Network.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1
  • TELEVISION
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
United States at Japan
ESPN2, 3:25 a.m.

A prep for the London Olympics pitting two medal favorites -- another rematch of last year's Women's World Cup final.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Liverpool at Newcastle United
Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m.
Liverpool aches to return to its days of glory, but five losses in the last six games shows it's going to take time. That's Kenny Dalglish's message, too, and he might switch things up at Newcastle, which is fighting for a Europa Cup berth.
Also
Swansea City at Tottenham, Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.
Championship
Reading at West Ham United, Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.
Scottish Premier League
St. Johnstone at Celtic, Fox Soccer Plus, 7:30 a.m.
Hibernian at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Fox Soccer Pluys, 9:30 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids
Galavision, 4 p.m.
The Fire are primed to battle for a playoff berth, and perhaps more, after missing the postseason the past two seasons, and they look to build on their victory last week against winless Philly. The Rapids got decked by New York, but without Pasadena-born Jeff Larentowicz in midfield, there wasn't much they could do.
Also
Sporting Kansas City at Chivas USA, KDOC/Channel 56 and KWHY/Channel 22, 6 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Monterrey at America
Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 2 p.m.
These giants have 6-2-4 records and sit fourth and fifth in the standings, secure in the playoff race and close enough to make a run at the three clubs battling hardest for the league title.
Also
Santos Laguna at Toluca, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 10 a.m.
Guadalajara at Estudiantes Tecos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.
Liga de Ascenso
Veracruz at Toros Neza, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 11:55 a.m.
Brazilian Campeonato Paulista
Corinthians at Oeste, GolTV, 12:30 p.m.
Argentine Primera Division
Boca Juniors at Estudiantes La Plata, GolTV, 3:30 and 9 p.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A
Napoli at Juventus
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
Unbeaten Juve has fallen four points behind AC Milan with nine games to go, but The Old Lady is coming off impressive victories over Fiorentina and Inter Milan. Napoli is fourth, looking to catch Lazio for the final Champions League spot.
Also
Novara at AS Roma, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:25 a.m. and 1 a.m.
Genoa at Inter Milan, Fox Soccer Channel, 6 a.m. and midnight; Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.
Dutch Eredivisie
AZ Alkmaar at Vitesse Arnhem, ESPN Deportes, 6 a.m.
German Bundesliga
Schalke 04 at 1899 Hoffenheim, GolTV, 8:30 a.m. and midnight
Spanish La Liga
Espanyol at Villarreal, ESPN Deportes, 10 a.m.
Getafe at Atletico Madrid, GolTV, 10:30 a.m.
French Ligue 1
Lyon at Stade Rennes, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Sporting Kansas City at Chivas USA
Home Depot Center (Carson), 6 p.m.

The Goats knocked off one Supporters' Shield leader last week with their victory over Real Salt Lake. Now they take on RSL's successor atop MLS's overall table.
TV: KDOC/Channel 56 and KWHY/Channel 22.
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