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Best Bets Oct. 30/31: What to watch/where to go

SATURDAY, OCT. 30

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Tottenham at Manchester United

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

These are tough times for Man U, with back-in-the-flock striker Wayne Rooney now sidelined with an ankle injury -- thank God for Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, eh? All this hand-wringing, and the Red Devils are unbeaten and sit third in the EPL standings, just five points behind Chelsea. Tottenham is fifth, another two points back.

ITALIAN SERIE A

Juventus at AC Milan

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

Nothing can bring down these old powers -- certainly not scandal-imposed relegation to Serie B (as Juve has shown), nor the preeminence of San Siro rival Inter Milan (with AC Milan surging two points ahead of its hated foe -- and just two points in back of Serie A leader Lazio.)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas

Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

A mammoth encounter between defending champion RSL -- a pretty good bet to repeat, even with such a difficult road to the MLS Cup final -- and an FC Dallas side that went 19 games without a loss before visiting the Utahns two weeks ago. FCD hopes to be at full strength for its home leg in the two-game, total-goals series -- for the first time in more than a month.

Other game

New York Red Bulls at San Jose Earthquakes, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 7 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Jaguares de Chiapas at UANL Tigres

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

Just two points separate fourth-place Tigres from eighth-place Jaguares in a fierce battle for playoff positioning with just three games to go. The top eight head to the postseason, and the margin for error is slender, indeed.

Other games

Pumas UNAM at Gallos Blancos de Queretaro, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3 p.m.

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

Guadalajara at Santos, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3 p.m.

Pachuca at Atlas, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 7 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE WOMEN

Occidental at Cal Lutheran

West Field (Thousand Oaks), 1 p.m.

Brittany Clark and Kristina Hulse have combined for 20 goals for the 20th-ranked (D3) Regals, who have won a school record 17 games heading into a showdown with visiting Oxy for the SCIAC title. Both are 9-1-1 in conference, and another meeting in next week's conference tournament title game is expected.

COLLEGE MEN

UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine

Anteater Field (Irvine), 8 p.m.

The 19th-ranked Gauchos won the NCAA title four years ago and will stage this year's College Cup final four, so there's big expectations in Goleta. But the No. 7 Anteaters, who are 13-1-2 with 10 shutouts, might be the better bet to be playing at the finish.

SUNDAY, OCT. 31

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Sunderland at Newcastle United

Birmingham City at Aston Villa

Fox Soccer Plus, 6:30 and 8:30 a.m.

There's nothing like a rivalry game, and here are two from England: the fierce Tyne-Wear Derby, which opens the doubleheader, has been fought since 1898. Aston Villa, with American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, is the big club in Birmingham, but a victory over their Second City Derby rivals would send BCFC ahead of the Villans.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

San Luis at Toluca

Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 11 a.m.

Surprising San Luis and, let's be honest, disappointing Toluca battle for supremacy in Group 2 -- although America has something to say in this race, too. The Tuneros, fifth overall, saw their group lead diminished in a midweek loss to America; Clausura champion Toluca, under new Mexico national team coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre, has won just once in its last four games.

Other games

Monterrey at Morelia, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 11 a.m.

Estudiantes Tecos at America, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.

Atlante at Necaxa, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and ESPN Deportes, 4 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at Seattle Sounders

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.

The Galaxy opens its postseason slate with a real test. Seattle was the hottest team in the second half of the MLS season, and its futile trying to find weak links in its lineup. And no team has better depth. Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle and David Beckham need to be on top of their games if L.A. is going to head home for next week's second leg with an advantage.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN

Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount

Sullivan Field (Westchester), 2:30 p.m.

The Lions face a showdown next week with Portland, their co-leader in the West Coast Conference, but first things first. Third-place Santa Clara is the only unbeaten side in WCC play. LMU's advantage: a balanced attack led by red-hot David Ponce (Foothill Ranch/Trabuco Hills HS) and primary provider Rafael Baca (Lawndale/Animo Leadership HS).