Bets of Jan. 4/5: What to watch/where to go

January, 3, 2011
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TUESDAY, JAN. 4

  • TELEVISION

SPANISH COPA DEL REY
Barcelona at Athletic Bilbao
ESPN Deportes, 9:55 a.m.

The world's mightiest side -- with FIFA World Player of the Year finalists Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi -- was held to a 0-0 draw in its home leg in the Spanish cup's round of 16.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Stoke City at Manchester United
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, noon

Eighth-place Stoke hasn't won away since late September. Now they've got to take on unbeaten Manchester United? With Wayne Rooney starting to reach form? Good luck. Replays: FSC, 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.
Also
West Bromwich Albion at Fulham, ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m.
Birmingham City at Blackpool, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m., 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5
  • TELEVISION

SPANISH COPA DEL REY
Valencia at Villarreal
ESPN Deportes, 9:30 a.m.

The best matchup in the Spanish cup's round of 16, one worthy of a semifinal at least, comes down to 90 (or 120) minutes after a 0-0 draw in the first leg.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Manchester City at Arsenal
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Man City is on the rise -- only one loss in its last 14 games, second place in the EPL (even on points with crosstown rival Man United) -- and now they're, reports say, bringing in Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko (for nearly $41.8 million!). Arsenal is third, just two points behind the leaders. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.
Also
Liverpool at Blackburn, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m., 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tottenham at Everton, ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.
Chelsea at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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