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Best Bets Dec. 16/17 What to watch

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Round of 16 draw

Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.

The group-play survivors are paired up for February's start to the knockout phase in the best club competition on the planet. The group winners, including stunning Cypriots APOEL, will be assigned a runner-up. The others in the mix: champions Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Benfica, and runners-up AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Olympique Marseille, Lyon, Napoli, CSKA Moscow, Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Basel. Replay: Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

FC Cologne at Bayern Munich

ESPN Deportes, 11:25 a.m.

Is there any forward as hot as Bayern's Mario Gomez? The German sharpshooter has 22 goals in 22 matches this season, 15 in 15 in Bundesliga play.

Australian A-League

Sydney FC at Newcastle Jets, Fox Soccer Channel, 10:30 a.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Norwich City at Everton

Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m.

Here's a look at Landon Donovan's home away from home. Everton, which he'll join in just a couple of weeks, is struggling -- 12th place, at 5-8-1 -- and could use a win over the Canaries, who just beat Newcastle. Replays: Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Also

Swansea City at Newcastle United, ESPN Deportes, 6:55 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Bolton at Fulham, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m.

Stoke City at Wolverhampton, Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

Chelsea at Wigan Athletic, Fox Soccer Channel, 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m.

West Bromwich Albion at Blackburn, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.

Championship

Middlesbrough at Cardiff City, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Werder Bremen at Schalke 04

ESPN Deportes, 1 p.m.

The best title race in Europe's big five always seems to belong to the Bundesliga, and the top five clubs are within five points just shy of the season's midpoint. Schalke is third and Werder fifth.

Also

Borussia Dortmund at Freiburg, GolTV, 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Italian Serie A

Cagliari at Chievo Verona, Fox Soccer Plus, 8:55 a.m.

Siena at AC Milan, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA

Real Madrid at Sevilla

GolTV, 1 p.m.

Real lost its hold on first place with last week's loss to Barcelona, but Jose Mourinho believes the Merengues will be No. 1 again soon. “If we beat Sevilla, we will be leaders at Christimas,” he says. Replay: 5 p.m.

Also

Espanyol at Sporting Gijon, GolTV, 9 a.m.

Real Zaragoza at Athletic Bilbao, ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m. and 5 p.m.

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

Kashiwa Reysol (Japan) vs. Al-Sadd (Qatar)

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

Neither of Asia's representatives were expected to make it into the semifinals of FIFA's official club championship, but once there, neither figured to go any further. They didn't and meet for third place.

Also

Barcelona (Spain) vs. Santos (Brazil), Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 2:30 a.m. (Sunday)