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Best Bets Feb. 5/6: What to watch/where to go

2/5/2011

SATURDAY, FEB. 5

  • TELEVISION

SPANISH LA LIGA

Atletico Madrid at Barcelona

GolTV, 1 p.m.

Lionel Messi has 37 goals and 18 assists in 32 games, all competitions, for Barcelona this season. In the past three campaigns, the Argentine god has 122 goals and 47 assists in 136 matches. Astounding. Replay: 7:30 p.m.

Also

Deportivo La Coruña at Getafe, ESPN Deportes, 8:55 a.m.

Levante at Villarreal, GolTV, 11 a.m. and midnight

Italian Serie A

Sampdoria at Udinese, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 a.m. and midnight

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

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Fulham at Aston Villa

Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

We're looking for Michael Bradley to make his EPL debut in this one, and with so many prominent Americans present. Brad Friedel and Eric Lichaj are now his Aston Villa teammates, and Clint Dempsey features, of course, for Fulham. We're guessing Villa owner Randy Lerner, also an NFL owner (Cleveland Browns), will have another engagement this weekend. Replay: Fox Soccer Plus, 3 p.m.

Also

Sunderland at Stoke City, ESPN2, 4:30 a.m.

West Bromwich Albion at Manchester City, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m.

Arsenal at Newcastle United, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

Manchester United at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Channel, 9:30 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Blackpool at Everton, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 and 9 p.m.

Bolton at Tottenham, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

Championship

Norwich City at Burnley, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Pachuca at Monterrey

Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 3 p.m.

Fall champ Monterrey is struggling, with three losses in its first four Clausura clashes, but this could be the game to set things right. Pachuca, with former Galaxy forward Herculez Gomez a regular off the bench, was pounded last weekend by Cruz Azul and has scored just once since the 67th minute of the opener.

Also

Atlante at Guadalajara, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.

Jaguares at Cruz Azul, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 5 p.m.

UANL Tigres at Santos Laguna, Galavision, 5 p.m.

Estudiantes Tecos at San Luis, TelFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 7 p.m.

COLOMBIAN LIGA POSTOBON

Once Caldas at Chico

GolTV, 5:30 p.m.

The reigning champ opens the Apertura on the road, with, yes, Juan Carlos Osorio in charge. Osorio, who Wednesday signed on as Honduras' national team coach, claims everything is structured so he can do both jobs. We'll see.

Also

Independiente Santa Fe at Deportes Tolima, GolTV, 3:15 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEB. 6

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Liverpool at Chelsea

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.

Spanish star Fernando Torres just made the move from Liverpool to Chelsea -- and now he'll try to shut down his former club, which has bounced back after a horrid start to the campaign and now sits seventh (at .500) in the EPL, just two spots from a Europa Cup berth next season. Replay: Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Also

Birmingham City at West Bromwich Albion, Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m.

Championship

Cardiff City at Swansea City, Fox Soccer Plus, 7:30 a.m. and 1 a.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Atlas at Toluca

Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 10 a.m.

Toluca is coming off successive shutouts of Pachuca, Jaguares and Tigres, and if it can find a little more offense -- just four goals in four Clausura games -- it's a legitimate contender. Atlas lost to America after winning its first three, and maybe we find out here if the Guadalajara club is for real.

Also

Pumas UNAM at Puebla, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 10 a.m.

Gallos Blancos at America, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 2 p.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A

AS Roma at Inter Milan

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Inter has lost just once in nine outings since Leonardo took charge, and now they're third in Serie A, seven points behind first-place AC Milan (with a game in hand). Roma won the first meeting back in September. Replay: Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.

Also

Catania at Bologna, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.

AC Milan at Genoa, Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and midnight

Spanish La Liga

Malaga at Sevilla, ESPN Deportes, 7:55 a.m.

Real Sociedad at Real Madrid, ESPN Deportes, 9:55 a.m.

Hercules at Valencia, GolTV, noon

French Ligue 1

Girondins Bordeaux at Lyon, Fox Soccer Plus, noon