Best Bets April 14/15: What to watch/where to go
THURSDAY, APRIL 14
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
Benfica (Portugal) at PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Eduardo Salvio scored twice in Benfica's 4-1 romp in the first leg of this quarterfinal series, a difference that is probably too much for PSV to overcome. But the Dutchmen will try.
Porto (Portugal) at Spartak Moscow (Russia), GolTV, 2 p.m.
Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) at FC Caracas (Venezuela)
Fox Deportes, 4:30 p.m.
The Argentines probably need to knock off the Group 4 leader in their group-stage finale to nab one of the round-of-16 berths, but Caracas needs only a draw. And if Chile's Universidad Catolica loses, a draw is good enough for Velez, too.
Deportes Tolima (Colombia) at Guarani (Paraguay), Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.
Gremio (Brazil) at Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia), Fox Deportes, 6:30 p.m.
Leon de Huanuco (Peru) at Junior (Colombia), Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Chicago Fire at Portland Timbers
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 8 p.m.
The expansion Timbers play their first home game as an MLS club, and if you don't think this has whipped Portland into a frenzy, you just don't know what the Timbers mean to this town.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15
Nottingham Forest at Norwich City
Fox Soccer Plus, 11:40 a.m.
This is a crucial battle in the fight for promotion to the English Premier League, with Norwich sitting third, just one point from automatic ascension, and Forest in seventh, one points from the playoffs. Replays: 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Union Espaņola at Universidad Catolica, Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.