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Monday, February 14, 2011
Best Bets Feb. 14/15: What to watch/where to go


MONDAY, FEB. 14

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea at Fulham
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m.

Chelsea has 13 EPL games remaining on its schedule and sits 13 points behind Manchester United -- with a game in hand. Time to start carving into that deficit? Nah. Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti announced last week that his team, in fifth place, is out of the title race and aiming for a top-four finish, to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Clint Dempsey has three goals in the past two weeks for Fulham.

TUESDAY, FEB. 15


UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Tottenham (England) at AC Milan (Italy)
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Serie A leaders Milan did just enough to get through the group phase in Europe's club championship and find themselves as one of the teams to watch if Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United fall short. Tottenham conquered Inter Milan in the group phase. Replays: Fox Deportes and Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.; FSC, 5 p.m.
Also
Schalke 04 (Germany) at Valencia (Spain), Fox Soccer Channel, 2 and 8:30 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Newcastle United at Birmingham City
Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m.
The Geordies have settled into midtable mediocrity after making some early noise. Birmingham has resided there all season. Replays: 5:30 and 9 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES
Nacional (Uruguay) at America (Mexico)
Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.

The Mexico City giant opens its slate in South America's club championship with a Group 3 opener against the longtime Montevideo powerhouse, the second game of a televised doubleheader (with countrymen San Luis in action in the opener, below).
Also
Libertad (Paraguay) at San Luis (Mexico), Fox Deportes, 4:30 p.m.
Caracas FC (Venezuela) at Velez Sarsfield (Argentina), 11 p.m.