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Best Bets Nov. 4/5: What to watch

FRIDAY, NOV. 4

  • TELEVISION

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

VfB Stuttgart at FSV Mainz 05

ESPN Deportes, 12:25 p.m.

Sixth-place Stuttgart is unbeaten in its last six games, league and cup, and within reach of the No. 2 spot. Mainz has lost six of 11 games and appears at risk for relegation.

UEFA Europa League

FC Zurich (Switzerland) at Lazio (Italy), GolTV, 5 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN

Cal Poly at UC Santa Barbara

Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

California's biggest college rivalry game typically draws five-figure crowds, and they usually get to see a sizzler. Now we all do. All that's at stake is where UCSB will seeded in the Big West Conference tournament.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Jaguares at Morelia

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 7:10 p.m.

The club from Chiapas is having a wonderful season, second place and playoff-bound heading into the final regular-season game of the Apertura. Morelia, after beating Santos in Wednesday's resumption of a gunbattle-halted clash, is on the bubble and can clinch a playoff spot with a win.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN

USC at UCLA

Drake Stadium (Westwood), 7 p.m.

You know what they say about rivalry games, and no So Cal college soccer rivalry approaches this one. Yes, the Bruins are among the nation's best sides -- just one loss, ranked fourth in the nation -- and USC has suffered through a difficult, disappointing campaign. Means nothing here.

Also

The Master's at Azusa Pacific (Azusa), 2 p.m.

San Francisco at Pepperdine (Malibu), 3 p.m.

College men

Portland at Loyola Marymount (Westchester), 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOV. 5

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Swansea City at Liverpool

Fox Soccer Plus, noon

The promoted Swans are comfortably mid-table, thanks primarily to decent home form -- they haven't lost at Liberty Stadium -- but the road hasn't been so kind, and Liverpool also is unbeaten at home, one of four such sides in the EPL.

Also

Everton at Newcastle United, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 5:30 a.m.

Chelsea at Blackburn, Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m.

West Bromwich Albion at Arsenal, Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m.

Sunderland at Manchester United, Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m.

Manchester City at Queens Park Rangers, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 10:30 a.m.

Championship

Watford at Middlesbrough, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 p.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA

Valencia at Levante

ESPN Deportes, 1:55 p.m.

Levante has been the big story in the first weeks of the Spanish season, sitting third in the standings with just one loss in their first 10 games -- and 4-0-0 at home. Valencia is fourth, just two points back and with a three-game winning streak.

Also

Sevilla at Mallorca, GolTV, 10 a.m.

German Bundesliga

VfL Wolfsburg at Borussia Dortmund, GolTV, 7:30 a.m.

Hamburger SV at Bayer Leverkusen, ESPN Deportes, 10:25 a.m.

Italian Serie A

Bologna at Palermo, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:55 a.m. and midnight

AS Roma at Novara, Fox Soccer Channel, 12:30 and 9 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 12:30 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Pachuca at Guadalajara

Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 6 p.m.

Chivas is unbeaten in five games since Fernando Quirarte took charge, and a draw or better here ensures them the Apertura regular-season title and top seed/home-field advantage for the playoffs. Pachuca sits fifth and figures to clinch a postseason spot, perhaps even with a loss.

Also

Estudiantes Tecos at Gallos Blancos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.

Atlante at Monterrey, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 4 p.m.

America at Cruz Azul, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Atlas at Santos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 6 p.m.

Toluca at San Luis, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 8 p.m.

Liga de Ascenso

Irapuato at Pumas Morelos, GolTV, 6 p.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Figueirense at Botafogo, GolTV, 2 p.m. and midnight

Colombian Liga Postobon

Atletico Nacional at Cartagena, GolTV, 4 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Redlands

Farquhar Fields (Redlands), 1 p.m.

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's two powers face off in the league's tournament final, with Redlands (guided by former Galaxy coach Ralph Perez) looking to get past the Stags (coached by former Galaxy captain Dan Calichman) after a perfect conference regular season. The winner gets an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Also

Concordia at Azusa Pacific (Azusa), 2 p.m.

Dixie State (Utah) at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 3 p.m.

UC Davis at UC Riverside, 6 p.m.

Cal State Northridge at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

College women

Seattle at Loyola Marymount (Westchester), 1 p.m.