Best Bets Nov. 3/4: What to watch/where to go
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Real Madrid at AC Milan
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 12:30 p.m.
Wait, didn't these teams just play. Uh, yeah, two weeks ago -- now they're at it again, with Milan looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat at the Bernabeu -- on Cristiano Ronaldo and Mezut Oezil strikes. The Spaniards are looking something special, and you've got to credit Jose Mourinho (and his clever acquisitions), and if Milan can pull off a win, even a draw, it's going give them an advantage over Ajax Amsterdam in the battle for Group G's second quarterfinal slot.
Spartak Moscow at Chelsea, Fox Soccer Plus, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m.
Arsenal at Shakhtar Donetsk, Fox Deportes, 2:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.
Ajax Amsterdam at Auxerre, Fox Soccer Channel, 10:30 p.m.
- ON LOCAL FIELDS
Concordia at Vanguard
Vanguard Soccer Field (Costa Mesa), 7 p.m.
Official annals have Vanguard's record as 10-7, but don't believe it. The Lios, 15-1-1 on the field this year, forfeited six games because coach Randy Dodge didn't realize he had to sit out a game after getting red-carded in last year's season-ender. Led by Irishman Kevin Cornwall, who has 13 goals and was just selected Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Vanguard responded with a 9-1-0 run through the NAIA's best conference. Now Dodge, the GSAC Coach of the Year, leads his team into the conference tournament, starting with a quarterfinal against its Orange County rival.
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
Napoli at Liverpool
GolTV, 11 a.m.
There's more turmoil off the field -- with Rafa Benitez ripping into Roy Hodgson, and the ongoing drama involving the club's American (and perspective American) owners -- than on, and that's a good thing. The Reds are starting to click, and if the EPL title already is out of reach, Europe's No. 2 club competition is doable. The meeting in Italy two weeks ago produced no goals.
Red Bull Salzburg at Juventus, GolTV, 11 a.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
San Jose Earthquakes at New York Red Bulls
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.
If no heroics are forthcoming from MLS scoring champ Chris Wondolowski, then the Red Bulls, even at less than full strength, are certain to wrap up their first-round playoff series in the friendly confines of Red Bull Arena. If Thierry Henry can play, all the better. San Jose dropped the first leg at home, 1-0.
- ON LOCAL FIELDS
Cal State Northridge at Long Beach State
George Allen Field (Long Beach), 3 p.m.
The 49ers are back on track, in great part because of Shawna Gordon (Rancho Cucamonga/Los Osos HS) -- the Big West Conference's best midfielder -- and a victory here over the visiting Matadors will send it to Sunday's BWC title game against No. 1 seed UC Irvine or Pacific. CSUN's big gun is Farryn Townley (Palmdale/Highland HS), the school's all-time scoring leader.
Pacific at UC Irvine, Anteater Field (Irvine), 7 p.m.