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Best Bets Nov. 10/11: What to watch/where to go

11/10/2010

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United at Manchester City

ESPN2 and Deportes, 11:55 a.m.

Unbeaten Man U is within two points of Chelsea after Liverpool emphatically toppled the EPL leader, but archrival Man City is just another two spots (and three points) behind. Whether it can stay with the hated Red Devils will depend on which City shows up: the one that beat Chelsea, or the one that got throttled by Arsenal. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.

Other games

Fulham at Chelsea, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Liverpool at Wigan, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Arsenal at Wolverhampton, ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A

Palermo at AC Milan

Fox Soccer Plus, 4 p.m.

The big news out of Milan, at least for our purposes, is the practice brawl between Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic and American defender Oguchi Onyewu. Uh, we're going with “Gooch” in that one, but it'd be nice if he could make it onto the field for the second-place Rossoneri.

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Newell's Old Boys at LDU Quito

Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

The defending champions from Ecuador look to reach the final four of South America's No. 2 club competition, but Argentina's Newell's will have the edge if it finds the net. The first leg was 0-0, and the away-goals rule is in effect.

Other game

Atletico Mineiro at Palmeiras, Fox Deportes, 3:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

Cal State Fullerton at UC Irvine

Anteater Stadium (Irvine), 7 p.m.

Seventh-ranked UC Irvine has twice dominated their cross-county rivals, and there's little the Titans can do to keep the Anteaters from Saturday's Big West Conference tournament title game, likely another showdown with UC Santa Barbara.

THURSDAY, NOV. 11

  • TELEVISION

ITALIAN SERIE A

Sampdoria at Parma

Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.

Sixth-place Sampdoria has lost just once and is on a seven-game unbeaten streak, with four shutouts in the span, plus a 1-1 draw with mighty Inter Milan. Parma needs to turn things around quickly; il Crociati have just one win and are 18th among 20 clubs. Stopping Antonio Cassano will be a start. Replay, 5 p.m.

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Goias at Avai FC

Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Hard to go wrong with an all-Brazil matchup, even when neither club is among the country's elite. The winner here heads to the semifinals in South America's No. 2 club competition after a 2-2 draw in the first-leg.

Other game

Deportivo Tolima at Independiente, Fox Deportes, 4:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN

Brigham Young at UCLA

Drake Stadium (Westwood), 5:30 p.m.

Maybe it's all the success UCLA has had over the years -- the Bruins have been to the past seven and eight of the past 10 College Cup final fours -- but what a gift from the NCAA! It's been a rough season, but you can't ask for a much better NCAA Division I tournament opening quartet than this one, and at home, too. The Bruins (12-7-1) have better talent than their record suggests, and this is one of the best teams BYU (16-3-2) has fielded, so it's no gimme, but they could have gotten dumped on like archrival USC, which was sent to Notre Dame. The second game of the twinbill: Central Florida (14-4-3) vs. Fresno State (9-8-5) at 8 p.m.

COLLEGE WOMEN

Redlands at Chapman

Chapman Stadium (Orange), 5 p.m.

The Panthers (12-6-0), who have posted three straight shutouts and count on an attack led by Aimee Evans and Val Sobol (a combined 23 goals), knew they might be here, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Nobody expected Redlands (10-9-0), which stunned the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's top two sides -- Cal Lutheran and Occidental -- to win the conference tournament. Another win would set a rematch with Cal Lu (18-2-1) in the second round Saturday.