Best Bets Dec. 11/12: What to watch/where to go
SATURDAY, DEC. 11
SPANISH LA LIGA
Villarreal at Getafe
ESPN Deportes, 8:55 a.m.
Villarreal is the best team in Spain not called FC Barcelona or Real Madrid, and their big star is an American. Sadly, it's not Jozy Altidore, but rather Giuseppe Rossi, the New Jersey-born and -bred forward who chose Italy's national team over ours. Replay: 5 p.m.
Almeira at Sevilla, GolTV, 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and midnight
Atletico Madrid at Deportivo La Coruņa, 1 and 9 p.m.
Liverpool at Newcastle United
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m.
Liverpool's medical staff says Steven Gerrard -- the best of all English players -- is ready to go, but Reds boss Roy Hodgson says no way. That's good news for the Geordies, who haven't won in more than a month. Replay: Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.
Manchester City at West Ham United, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 6:55 a.m.
Sunderland at Fulham, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion at Aston Villa, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m.
Wigan at Everton, Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.
Blackpool at Stoke City, Fox Soccer Plus, 3 p.m.
FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
Al Wahda vs. Seongnam Ilhwa
Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.
United Arab Emirates' top team crushed the Oceania champions to reach the quarterfinals of FIFA's club championship, but they'll find South Korea's premier club -- the Asian champs -- a far tougher foe. The winner gets Euro champ Inter Milan in the semis. Replay: Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.
SUNDAY, DEC. 12
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea at Tottenham
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.
There's been a bit of hand-wringing at Chelsea, with four losses in the first 16 games -- and that leaves the Blues just two points behind fellow Londoners Arsenal, who are on top with, yes, four losses. Lot more parity in the EPL these days, it seems. Who else has four losses? That's right, fifth-place Tottenham, London's No. 3 team. Replay: Fox Deportes, 5 p.m.
Birmingham City at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m.
Blackburn at Bolton, Fox Soccer Plus, 7:30 a.m.
Lazio at Juventus
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
The second-place Romans head to Turin to take on the third-place Old Lady, and both are looking for Serie A leader AC Milan to falter. How good is Fabio Quagliarella? We think Lazio is about the find out. Replay: Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.
AC Milan at Bologna, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:30 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.
Bari at AS Roma, Fox Soccer Channel, 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.
NCAA Final: Louisville vs. Akron
ESPN2, 1 p.m.
Virginia was pretty good back when Bruce Arena was in charge, and those San Francisco teams of the 1970s and '80s were truly special. But give it up for Akron, which is in its second successive NCAA final. Only No. 1 Louisville sits between the Zips and a trophy, and we're guessing it's either a classic or an Akron romp.
- ON LOCAL FIELDS
NCAA College Cup Final
Louisville vs. Akron
Harder Stadium, UC Santa Barbara (Goleta), 1 p.m.
What could be better than No. 1 (the Cardinals) vs. No. 2 (the Zips)? That both sides like to play attractive, flowing, attacking soccer. And a title game in warm weather. Worth the hike north.