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Best Bets June 7/8: What to watch

TUESDAY, JUNE 7

  • TELEVISION

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Finland at Sweden

ESPN Deportes, noon

A win on home ground enables the Swedes to keep pace with Group E frontrunner Netherlands and some distance on the rest of the field. The Finns must upset their Nordic rival to keep alive any reasonable hope of advancing.

Also

Germany at Azerbaijan, ESPN Deportes, 9:55 a.m.

International friendly

Romania at Brazil, ESPN Deportes, 5:45 p.m.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Canada at United States

Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

The Yanks begin their quest for the regional nations title -- and a berth in the 2013 Confederations Cup -- in Detroit against their rivals from the north, who believe they can provide a real battle. The U.S. wants something better than it got from last weekend's blowout loss to Spain. Replay: FSC, 8:30 p.m.

Also

Panama vs. Guadeloupe, Galavision, 3 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Orange County Blue Star at L.A. Blues 23

Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.

The Blues look to bounce back from a 5-0 drubbing against Fresno. Blue Star hasn't won since May 7. A pivotal match for two teams trying to stay afloat.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

  • TELEVISION

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Uruguay vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes, 9:25 a.m.

A rematch of a sizzling semifinal from South Africa, with both teams bringing representative sides: 18 Uruguayans from the World Cup roster, including the entire starting XI -- including Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan -- and 13 from Holland's runners-up, but not top star Wesley Sneijder.

Toulon U-20 semifinals

Mexico vs. Colombia, GolTV, 8:30 a.m.

Italy at France, GolTV, 11 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Real Salt Lake at Columbus Crew

MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

MLS Player of the Week Jean Alexandre stepped up and Fabian Espindola found his footing again, and it all bodes well for RSL's bid to regain form. Let's see how they perform in a battle between 2008 and 2009 MLS Cup champs.

Colombian Liga Postobon

Atletico Nacional at Deportes Tolima, GolTV, 4 p.m.

Millonarios at La Equidad, GolTV, 6 p.m.