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May 2/3: What to watch, where to go

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Newcastle United at Chelsea

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

One of the biggest showdowns of the season, with European spots possibly on the line. Newcastle is fifth, good for a Europa League berth, and is even on points with fourth-place Tottenham, which is in Champions League territory. Chelsea is sixth, which gets you nowhere -- but the Blues are just a point behind Newcastle. Replay: FSC, 5 p.m.

Also

Tottenham at Bolton, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Scottish Premier League

Dundee United at Rangers, Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA

Real Madrid at Athletic Bilbao

GolTV, 1 p.m.

A victory gives Real the Spanish title with two games to go. This is more vital for the Basques, who dropped a point back in the fight for Europa League spots next season. They've already reached the Europa title game this year. Replay: midnight.

Also

Espanyol at Granada, ESPN Deportes, 6 a.m.

Real Sociedad at Atletico Madrid, ESPN Deportes, 8:55 a.m.

Malaga at Barcelona, ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Real Betis at Sevilla, GolTV, 11 a.m.

Italian Serie A

Lecce at Juventus, Fox Soccer Plus, 2 and 8 p.m.

Atalanta at AC Milan, Fox Soccer Plus, 4 p.m.

French Ligue 1

Saint-Etienne at Paris Saint-Germain, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at Seattle Sounders

KDOC/Channel 56, 7 p.m.

This might regularly be the best matchup in Major League Soccer, but because it's a midweek game between weekend games, it's possible both sides will be missing first-choice players. Either way, it's one of the essential battles on the schedule. Replay: KWHY/Channel 22, 8 p.m.

Also

Colorado Rapids at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.

D.C. United at San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Direct Kick, 7:30 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Monterrey at Club Tijuana

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 8:30 p.m.

The Xolos make their first-division playoff debut, taking on Monterrey -- seeking its third title in seven campaigns -- before a sellout crowd at Estadio Caliente a few miles south of the border. The quarterfinal second leg is Saturday in Monterrey.

Also

America at Pachuca, KFTR (Telefutura/Channel 46), 6:25 p.m.

Liga de Ascenso

Leon at Lobos BUAP, GolTV, 3:15 p.m.

Copa Libertadores

Union EspaƱola (Chile) at Boca Juniors (Argentina), Fox Deportes, 3:30 and 11 p.m.

Corinthians (Argentina) at Emelec (Ecuador), Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 3

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

West Ham United at Cardiff City

Fox Soccer Plus, 11:40 a.m.

The Hammers just missed automatic promotion to the Premier League, finishing two points behind champion Reading and runner-up Southampton. That makes them the top seed in the four-team playoff for the third spot, starting with this two-leg semifinal. Replay: 12:30 a.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Santos Laguna at Jaguares de Chiapas

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 5 p.m.

The last seven No. 1 seeds have lost in their opening playoff series in Mexico's top division. Thirteen of the last 20 regular-season winners have failed. So that makes Jaguares the favorite over a Santos side that was dominant in the Clausura.

Also

Morelia at UANL Tigres, Univision Deportes, 6:55 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Universidad de Chile (Chile) at Deportivo Quito (Ecuador)

Fox Deportes, 5 p.m.

Quito, with Matias Alustiza scoring six goals (four in the finale against Guadalajara), survived a tough Group 7 to get to the knockout stage in South America's club championship, edging out Uruguay's Defensor Sporting for a spot. U de Chile won its group, which wasn't quite so competitive.

Also

Lanus (Argentina) at Vasco da Gama (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 2:30 p.m.