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Best Bets Jan. 22/23: What to watch

SUNDAY, JAN. 22

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Tottenham at Manchester City

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 5:30 a.m.

Spurs' start to the season wasn't good -- a 3-0 loss to City followed by a one-sided defeat to Man United -- but they've gone from strength to strength since, in great part because of former UCLA/U.S. national team star Brad Friedel's performance in the nets. The third-place Londoners can move within two points of the first-place Blues with a win.

Also

Manchester United at Arsenal, Fox Deportes, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 and 8 p.m.

Championship

Middlesbrough at Coventry City, Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

UANL Tigres at Toluca

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 10 a.m.

Tigres, the reigning champs, have scored just twice in their first two Clausura matches, but that was enough to draw at Cruz Azul and beat Gallos Blancos. Toluca, a declining giant looking to contend again, also is 1-0-1, and a home win would make a statement.

Also

Atlante at Puebla, Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.; Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 11:55 a.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A

Lazio at Inter Milan

Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.

The Romans, among the group chasing first-place Juventus, had won just one of four league games before disposing of Atalanta last weekend. Inter, one spot (and one point) back in fifth, looks for its seventh successive domestic victory. Replays: Fox Deportes, noon; FSC, midnight.

Also

Parma at Bologna, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:25 a.m. and 1 a.m.

AC Milan at Novara, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m.

Cesena at AS Roma, Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m.

Spanish La Liga

Barcelona at Malaga, GolTV, 9 a.m.

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Botafogo at Sao Paulo, GolTV, 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and midnight

2012 OLYMPIC WOMEN'S QUALIFYING

United States vs. Guatemala

Universal Sports, 4:30 p.m.

The U.S. women don't figure to score 14 on the Guatemalans, but their second Group B game at the CONCACAF tournament in Vancouver is just another preliminary for the games that really matter: the group finale vs. Mexico and the semifinal against, likely, Costa Rica.

MONDAY, JAN. 23

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

Leicester City at Southampton

Fox Soccer Plus, 11:40 a.m.

Southampton went into the weekend atop the England's second division, ahead of West Ham United on goal difference, and four points clear in the race for automatic promotion to the Premiership. Richard Lambert's 13 goals and five assists have been key. Replays: 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.