Best Bets Dec. 25/26: What to watch




Championship Roundup

ESPN Deportes, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Who wouldn't want to be glued to the set all day watching 2011's title showdowns? With Spanish-language commentary? Perfect with eggnog. Here's the seven-game full slate:

English F.A. Cup

Manchester City vs. Stoke City, 7 a.m.

Copa Libertadores

Santos (Brazil) vs. PeƱarol (Uruguay), 9 a.m.

Copa Sudamericana

Universidad de Chile (Chile) vs. LDU Quito (Ecuador), 11 a.m.

UEFA Champions League

Barcelona (Spain) vs. Manchester United (England), 1 p.m.

English F.A. Community Shield

Manchester City vs. Manchester United, 3 p.m.

UEFA SuperCup

Barcelona (Spain) vs. FC Porto (Portugal), 5 p.m.

FIFA Club World Cup

Barcelona (Spain) vs. Santos (Brazil), 7 p.m.


Brisbane Roar at Gold Coast United

Fox Soccer Channel, 12:30 a.m. (Monday)

The Roar were cruising atop the A-League when November ended, but four straight losses has dropped them to third, six points off the lead. Gold Coast is in last, but at least it has won this month. Replay: Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. (Monday)




Aston Villa at Stoke City

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

Darren Bent is sorry for causing such a stir by doing his Christmas shopping while his teammates were losing last weekend at Liverpool -- he was injured -- but that's hardly the biggest problem facing Villa these days. They've won just once in their last six games, falling to 12th, a lot closer to relegation than Europe. And their Boxing Day foe had won four in a row before running into Man City on Wednesday.


Fulham at Chelsea, Fox Soccer Channel, 5 a.m.and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 5 a.m.

Wigan Athletic at Manchester United, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 6:55 a.m.

Wolverhampton at Arsenal, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Manchester City at West Bromwich Albion, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.

Blackburn at Liverpool, Fox Deportes, 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m.

Everton at Sunderland, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and midnight; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.


West Ham United at Birmingham City, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:25 a.m.