April 21/22: What to watch, where to go

April, 21, 2012
4/21/12
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SATURDAY, APRIL 21
  • TELEVISION
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea at Arsenal
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m.

The Blues are buzzing after beating Barcelona on Didier Drogba's goal in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg, and they're desperate for points against their fellow Londoners. They're sixth, two points behind Tottenham and Newcastle United, which occupy England's last Champions League and lone Europa League slots with five games to go. Too bad a knee injury will keep Drogba out.
Also
Stoke City at Newcastle United, Foc Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.
Sunderland at Aston Villa, Fox Soccer Plus, 7 a.m.
Tottenham at Queens Park Rangers, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m.
Norwich City at Blackburn, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.
Wigan Athletic at Fulham, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.
Swansea City at Bolton, Fox Soccer Plus, 3 p.m.
Championship
Southampton at Middlesbrough, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.
Scottish Premier League
Dundee United at St. Johnstone, Fox Soccer Plus, 4:25 a.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA
Real Madrid at Barcelona
ESPN Deportes, 10:50 a.m./GolTV, 11 a.m.
The two biggest, best clubs on the planet meet for the sixth time this season (with a UEFA Champions League title appearance possible next month, although both must overcome semifinal first-leg losses to do so), and Barša, once 10 points off the pace, can cut Real's lead to a single point with a victory at the Nou Camp. The Catalans are 3-0-2 in the first five encounters. Replays: ESPN Deportes, 3 and 6 p.m.; GolTV, 6 and 10 p.m.
German Bundesliga
Bayern Munich at Werder Bremen, GolTV, 6:30 a.m.
Borussia M÷nchengladbach at Borussia Dortmund, GolTV, 4 and 8 p.m.
Italian Serie A
Udinese at Chievo Verona, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
Novara at Napoli, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.
French Ligue 1
Valenciennes at Montpellier, TV5Monde, 9:55 and 11 a.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Atlas at Guadalajara
Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.
Chivas' surge a few weeks ago is long past -- three straight league losses and a 5-0 failure to bow out of Copa Libertadores -- and Ignacio Ambriz, in charge since January, stepped down Wednesday. Johan Cruyff is involved, and that could lead to big things, but for the moment the Goats are consumed with winning the Clasico Tapatio, the oldest local rivalry in Mexican soccer, dating back 96 years.
Also
Toluca at Gallos Blancos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2:55 p.m.
Club Tijuana at San Luis, Univision Deportes, 2:55 p.m.
Estudiantes Tecos at Cruz Azul, Azteca Amerca (KAZA/Channel 54), 3 p.m.
UANL Tigres at Santos Laguna, Univision Deportes, 4:55 p.m.
Pachuca at Monterrey, Univision Deportes, 6:55 p.m.
Argentine Primera B Nacional
Instituto at River Plate, GolTV, midnight

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Galaxy at Colorado Rapids
KDOC/Channel 56 and KWHY/Channel 22, 6 p.m.
L.A. took a huge step forward last week -- more so how it played than the result, which was a good one -- but Colorado on the road, in elevation, is a greater challenge than a struggling Portland team at HDC.
Also
Chicago Fire at Toronto FC, NBC Sports, 12:30 p.m.
Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.
FC Dallas at Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia Union at Chivas USA, Prime Ticket, 7:30 p.m.; KWHY/Channel 22, 8 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Portland Timbers, MLS Direct Kick, 7:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Direct Kick, 7:30 p.m.

AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE
Perth Glory at Brisbane Roar
Fox Soccer Channel, 9:30 p.m.
The Roar, with Besart Berisha pouring in 17 goals in 29 games, comfortably won the regular season and now look to claim their second successive Grand Final triumph. Perth needed penalties to overcame Central Coast Mariners, last year's runner-up, in the semifinals.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
Fullerton Rangers at FC Santa Clarita Storm
Valencia High School, 6 p.m.

The Fullerton Rangers are 5-0 against NPSL West Division-Southern Conference foes, the last two in league play as they've surged atop the table. Santa Clarita is second in the West-Southern after last week's nine-goal performance.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Philadelphia Union at Chivas USA
Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.
Chivas is 3-0 on the road, outscoring Real Salt Lake, Portland and Toronto FC, 4-1. At home, the Goats are 0-3 without a goal. They'll look to end that skid against a young Union side that won for the first time last weekend.
TV: Prime Ticket (English) and KWHY/Channel 22 (Spanish, 8 p.m.)

SUNDAY, APRIL 22
  • TELEVISION
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Everton at Manchester United
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 4:30 a.m.

The most valuable sports team on earth? That would be Man United, according to Forbes, worth some $2.24 billion. The Red Devils are best in England, too, streaking toward a fifth EPL title in six years. Replays: Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.; FSC, 3 p.m.
Also
Manchester City at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion at Liverpool, Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Championship
Barnsley at Bristol City, Fox Soccer Plus, 4:30 p.m.
Scottish Premier League
Celtic at Motherwell, Fox Soccer Plus, 10 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A
AS Roma at Juventus
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
Two races are affected by this one: Unbeaten Juve sits a point above AC Milan in the Scudetto chase. Roma is four points out of a Champions League spot and just holding on, by two points over Napoli and Inter, to a Europa League slot.
Also
Inter Milan at Fiorentina, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:25 a.m. and 1 a.m.
Bologna at AC Milan, Fox Soccer Plus, 5:55 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 6:30 a.m.
Spanish La Liga
Villarreal at Real Sociedad, ESPN Deportes, 2:55 a.m.
Athletic Bilbao at Racing Santander, ESPN Deportes, 6:50 a.m.
Espanyol at Atletico Madrid, GolTV, 9:30 a.m. and midnight
Real Betis at Valencia, GolTV, 12:30 p.m.
German Bundesliga
Schalke 04 at Augsburg, GolTV, 7:30 a.m.
Freiburg at Hannover 96, ESPN Deportes, 9 a.m.
French Ligue 1
Lorient at Lyon, Fox Soccer Plus, 12:10 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
America at Puebla
Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and ESPN Deportes, 1:55 p.m.
Successive wins over Guadalajara and Santos Laguna nailed down a playoff berth for the Aguilas, who rely heavily on Ecuadoran striker Christian Benitez (11 goals). Even victory could eliminate Puebla from the race.
Also
Jaguares de Chiapas at Pumas UNAM, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 10 a.m.
Liga de Ascenso
Lobos BUAP at Toros Neza, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 11:55 a.m.
Brazilian Campeonato Paulista
Ponte Preta at Corinthians, ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m.
Argentine Primera Division
Boca Juniors at Belgrano, GolTV, 3 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York Red Bulls at D.C. United
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.
Thierry Henry
has seven goals and five assists through six games -- and the Red Bulls are averaging nearly three goals a game. D.C. United's numbers aren't so splendid, but they're just two points behind New York. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m.

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