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Best Bets Feb. 4/5: What to watch

SATURDAY, FEB. 4

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Fulham at Manchester City

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m.

Clint Dempsey scored a cracker this week, his 16th of the year for Fulham, and there's lots of chatter that he's headed to a big club come summer. Let's see what he can do against a big club, EPL leader Man City.

Also

Blackburn at Arsenal, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 4:55 a.m.

Sunderland at Stoke City, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Everton at Wigan, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

Bolton at Norwich City, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.

Wolverhampton at Queens Park Rangers, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

Swansea City at West Bromwich Albion, Fox Soccer Plus, 3 p.m.

Championship

Millwall at West Ham United, Fox Soccer Plus, 4:25 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Southampton at Birmingham City, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA

Espanyol at Athletic Bilbao

ESPN Deportes, 8:50 a.m.

Eight clubs are within five points in the battle for that last Champions League berth and both Europa League berths next season, and right now these two have the Europa slots.

Also

Real Madrid at Getafe, ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m., 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Real Sociedad at Barcelona, GolTV, 1 and 7 p.m.

German Bundesliga

VfB Stuttgart at Bayer Leverkusen, ESPN Deportes, 7 a.m.

Bayern Munich at Hamburger SV, GolTV, 9:30 a.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A

Inter Milan at AS Roma

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

The title is probably out of reach for Inter, but third place, with good fortune, is a reasonable goal, and it comes with the Champions League. The Romans are one spot (and five points) behind their guests, but they have a game in hand. Replay: FSC, 8 p.m.

Also

Catania at Cesena, Fox Soccer Plus, 8:55 a.m. and midnight

Australian A-League

Newcastle Jets at Sydney FC, Fox Soccer Channel, 10 p.m.

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Ituano at Portuguesa, ESPN Deportes, 11 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Pumas UNAM at Santos Laguna

Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Santos ended Antonio Mohamed's unbeaten run at Tijuana last weekend, its third straight win leaving the Torreon club atop the standings. Pumas, still finding itself after dismantling last year's Clausura champs, has only two wins in its last 10 league matches.

Also

Atlante at Gallos Blancos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2:55 p.m.

San Luis at Monterrey, Galavision, 2:55 p.m.

Jaguares at Cruz Azul, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 3 p.m.

Morelia at Guadalajara, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.

Liga de Ascenso

Irapuato at Altamira, GolTV, 5 p.m. and midnight

SUNDAY, FEB. 5

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United at Chelsea

Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.

Man City was unbeaten into December but have lost three since, the last this week against Everton, and suddenly United looks like it might win the EPL title. Beating fourth-place Chelsea is key. Replays: Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 4 and 8 p.m.

Also

Aston Villa at Newcastle, Fox Soccer Channel, 5:25 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 5:30 a.m.

Championship

Nottingham Forest at Derby County, Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A

Napoli at AC Milan

Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday's 2-0 loss at Lazio harmed Milan's title hopes, and the Rossoneri probably need a win here -- in sub-freezing chill -- to keep pace with unbeaten Juventus. Replay: Fox Deportes, noon.

Also

Lazio at Genoa, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:25 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Siena at Juventus, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and midnight

Dutch Eredivisie

FC Utrecht at Ajax Amsterdam, ESPN Deportes, 3:25 a.m.

German Bundesliga

VfB Stuttgart at Freiburg, ESPN Deportes, 6:25 a.m.

French Ligue 1

Lille at Sochaux, Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m.

Lyon at Olympique Marseille, Fox Soccer Plus, noon

Spanish La Liga

Villarreal at Sevilla, GolTV, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Valencia at Atletico Madrid, ESP Deportes, 6 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

UANL Tigres at America

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 2 p.m.

It was nice to see Jonathan Bornstein in action, and playing well, in Tigres' Copa Libertadores games, but now that the Apertura champ is out, will he be back with the club's U-20s. America is among four unbeatens left in the Clausura after finishing 17th.

Also

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

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

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Palmeiras at Santos, GolTV, 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Argentine Primera B Nacional

River Plate at Almirante Brown, GolTV, 1 p.m. and midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS PRESEASON

Colorado Rapids at Ventura County Fusion

Oxnard College, 11 a.m.

The Rapids have new leadership and a lot of returning talent -- healthier, they hope -- as they prepare for the 2012 campaign with a stint in Southern California. It starts against the PDL's Fusion, who beat Chivas USA nine days earlier.