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March 11/12: What to watch, where to go

SUNDAY, MARCH 11

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

West Bromwich Albion at Manchester United

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

This won't go down among Man U's more memorable seasons, especially in Europe, but the Red Devils sit just two points off archrival Man City's lead and are 6-0-1 in EPL play since that loss at Newcastle at the start of January. Replay: FSC, 8 p.m.

Also

Manchester City at Swansea City, Fox Soccer Plus, 7 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.

Wigan Athletic at Norwich City, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 a.m.

Championship

Leeds United at Middlesbrough, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Hannover 96 at Werder Bremen

GolTV, 7:30 a.m.

Steve Cherundolo and Die Roten sit just a point behind Bremen in the battle for Germany's last Europa League berth, and their northern rivals are coming off 1-0 losses to Nuremberg and Hertha Berlin, both lesser sides.

Dutch Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven at NAC Breda, ESPN Deportes, 4:25 a.m.

Spanish La Liga

Mallorca at Valencia, ESPN Deportes, 7:50 a.m.

Barcelona at Racing Santander, GolTV, 10 a.m and 7 p.m.

Athletic Bilbao at Osasuna, GolTV, 1:30 p.m. and midnight

Italian Serie A

Lecce at AC Milan, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.

Bologna at Lazio, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 12:30 p.m.

Udinese at Novara, Fox Soccer Plus, 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.

French Ligue 1

Caen at Montpellier, Fox Soccer Plus, 12:55 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Estudiantes Tecos at Pumas UNAM

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

This is sort of Tecos' farewell tour. Barring a miracle, the Owls are headed down to the Liga de Ascenso at season's end. Pumas, well off its championship form of a year ago, just hope to make the playoffs.

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Palmeiras at Botafogo, ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m.

Argentine Primera Division

Independiente at Boca Juniors, GolTV, 3:30 and 9 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas

NBC Sports Network, noon

Thierry Henry is back for the Red Bulls as the new season begins, but not yet Rafa Marquez, who has a suspension to serve for throwing the ball at Landon Donovan in the playoff opener. FC Dallas' David Ferreira won't play after picking up an Achilles injury.

Also

Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA, Prime Ticket and Galavision, 4 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA

Home Depot Center (Carson), 4 p.m.

The Goats did not have a good preseason, and although that means nothing here, in their league opener, there seem more questions than answers to start Robin Fraser's second campaign. The last time the Dynamo were in the house, MLS's big trophy was up for grabs. They didn't win it.

TV: Prime Ticket and Galavision

MONDAY, MARCH 12

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Newcastle United at Arsenal

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 12:55 p.m.

Talk around north London centers on whether an agreement to nab German forward Lukas Podolski from Cologne -- and whether he's stepping in because Robin van Persie is exiting -- has been finalized. And the Gunners' amazing almost-comeback from a four-goal deficit in last week's Champions League clash with AC Milan.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Philadelphia Union at Portland Timbers

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 6:30 p.m.

Portland has perhaps MLS's most rabid fan base, and it will be out in force for the rising Timbers' league opener against Philly's youngsters.