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Best Bets Dec. 30/31: What to watch

FRIDAY, DEC. 30

  • TELEVISION

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Houston Dynamo at Galaxy

ESPN Classic, 9 a.m.

MLS Cup 2011 might have been David Beckham's final competitive match with the Galaxy -- we'll know more about that soon. He was superb against the Dynamo, and so were Robbie Keane and goalscorer Landon Donovan.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Newcastle United at Liverpool

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

One point separates sixth-place Liverpool (8-3-7) from seventh-place Newcastle (8-4-6), and the Reds will be without Luis Suarez, who is suspended after a nasty gesture to Fulham fans earlier this month -- and faces eight more games off in a racism probe. Replay: FSC, 5 p.m.

Australian A-League

Perth Glory at Newcastle Jets, Fox Soccer Channel, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 31

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Aston Villa at Chelsea

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

Three straight draws have added to the damage four losses already inflicted on fourth-place Chelsea's championship hopes, and the Blues are 11 points off the lead heading into a must-win clash with Villa, which has six ties in nine road games. Replays: Fox Deportes, 1 p.m.; FSC, 3 p.m.

Also

Blackburn at Manchester United, ESPN2, 4:30 a.m.; ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Queens Park Rangers at Arsenal, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Tottenham at Swansea City, Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.

Wolverhampton at Bolton, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Fulham at Norwich City, Fox Soccer Channel, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11 a.m.

Wigan Athletic at Stoke City, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.

Championship

Portsmouth at Leicester City, Fox Soccer Plus, 4:10 a.m. and 3 p.m.