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Best Bets Feb. 8/9: What to watch

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8

  • TELEVISION

SPANISH COPA DEL REY

Valencia at Barcelona

GolTV, noon

Carles Puyol's goal gave Barca a 1-1 draw in its away leg in the national cup semifinals. The victor plays for the trophy in May.

Also

Mirandes at Athletic Bilbao, ESPN Deportes, 1 p.m.

Coppa Italia

Juventus at AC Milan, GolTV, midnight

COPA LIBERTADORES

Cruz Azul (Mexico) at Nacional (Paraguay)

Fox Deportes, 1:30 p.m.

Mexico City's Cruz Azul doesn't have the trophies its quality deserves, and if it's to make a run in South America's club championship, a solid showing on the road in the Group 6 opener will be beneficial. Replay: 6 p.m.

Also

Nacional (Uruguay) at Vasco da Gama (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Corinthians at Mogi Mirim, ESPN Deportes, 3:55 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS PRESEASON

Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact

Home Depot Center Field 4, 10:30 a.m.

The most anticipated game of the postseason, all because it's Dynamo legend Brian Ching -- acquired by Montreal against his will in the expansion draft -- taking on the Dynamo for the first time.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9

  • TELEVISION

ITALIAN COPPA ITALIA

Napoli at Siena

GolTV, 11:45 a.m.

Tuscan side Siena is the outsider in a powerful final four in Italy's cup competition, but after squeaking past Palermo and Chievo Verona to reach the semifinals, a win at home in the first leg could fuel a date with Juventus or AC Milan in May.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Olimpia (Paraguay) at Emelec (Ecuador)

Fox Deportes, 6:30 p.m.

The Paraguayans celebrate the 10th anniversary of their last South American club title -- and third overall -- with a Group 3 opener in Guayaquil.

Also

Junior (Colombia) at Union Española (Chile), Fox Deportes, 11 a.m.

Juan Aurich (Peru) at Internacional (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Bolivar (Bolivia) at Universidad Catolica (Chile), Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Comerical at São Paulo, GolTV, 3:45 p.m.