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March 31/April 1: What to watch

3/31/2012

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.