Best Bets Dec. 7/8: What to watch/where to go




Valencia at Manchester United

Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Man United has been just about perfect in the Champions League, shutting out every foe and winning every game but the opener, a scoreless draw (naturally) against Rangers FC. Valencia has been more exciting, scoring 13 goals, although 10 of them came against Turks Bursaspor. Both sides' spots in the knockout phase are secure. Replays: Fox Soccer Channel, 4 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 8 p.m.

Other games

Tottenham at FC Twente, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.

Rubin Kazan at Barcelona, Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.

Inter Milan at Werder Bremen, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 10 p.m.




Al Wahda vs. Hekari United

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.

Tournament host United Arab Emirates' top club takes on Oceania's champion … from soccer powerhouse Papua New Guinea. One of the charms of FIFA's top club event is everyone gets to play -- and the winner here gets a go at Asia's champ.


Auxerre at Real Madrid

Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Any semblance of invincibility Real Madrid possessed disappeared with that 5-0 loss to Barcelona, but this game is about Group G's entry into the UEFA Europa League's round of 32. It's either Auxerre -- France's answer to the Green Bay Packers (small town, big tradition) -- or Ajax Amsterdam, and the result here and in Ajax's match at AC Milan. Replays: Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.

Other games

Schalke 04 at Benfica, Fox Soccer Channel, 6 p.m.

Partizan Belgrade at Arsenal, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m., 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 1:30 p.m.

Chelsea at Olympique Marseille, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 4 p.m.

AS Roma at CFR Cluj, Fox Soccer Channel, 10 p.m.


Goias at Independiente

Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

The Brazilians head to Argentina with a 2-0 advantage, thanks to first-half goals by Rafael Moura and Otacilio Neto in the first leg. That Independiente hasn't won a home leg in the knockout phase doesn't bode well for its chances.