Best Bets Dec. 8/9: What to watch/where to go
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8
FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
Al Wahda vs. Hekari United
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.
Tournament host United Arab Emirates' top club takes on Oceania's champion … from soccer powerhouse Papua New Guinea. One of the charms of FIFA's top club event is everyone gets to play -- and the winner here gets a go at Asia's champ.
Auxerre at Real Madrid
Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
Any semblance of invincibility Real Madrid possessed disappeared with that 5-0 loss to Barcelona, but this game is about Group G's entry into the UEFA Europa League's round of 32. It's either Auxerre -- France's answer to the Green Bay Packers (small town, big tradition) -- or Ajax Amsterdam, and the result here and in Ajax's match at AC Milan. Replays: Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.
Schalke 04 at Benfica, Fox Soccer Channel, 6 p.m.
Partizan Belgrade at Arsenal, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m., 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 1:30 p.m.
Chelsea at Olympique Marseille, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 4 p.m.
AS Roma at CFR Cluj, Fox Soccer Channel, 10 p.m.
Goias at Independiente
Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.
The Brazilians head to Argentina with a 2-0 advantage, thanks to first-half goals by Rafael Moura and Otacilio Neto in the first leg. That Independiente hasn't won a home leg in the knockout phase doesn't bode well for its chances.
THURSDAY, DEC. 9
ENGLISH F.A. CUP
Charlton Athletic at Luton Town
Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m.
The Premier League sides don't enter until next month's third round, but here's one of the matchups that make this 139-year-old competition so special. Luton Town, from the fifth-tier Conference, played third-tier League 1 power Charlton to a draw in London in the first second-round meeting. The replay's its chance for an upset. Replay: 5 p.m.
Ajax Amsterdam at AC Milan
Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m.
Two longtime powers -- although Ajax has faded greatly since the Bosman ruling -- face off in a Group G finale from Wednesday. Replay: Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.