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Best Bets April 27/28: What to watch/where to go

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Barcelona (Spain) at Real Madrid (Spain)

FX and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

The world's greatest rivalry, part 4 of 5, pits the Spanish giants in the first leg of a European Cup semifinal. The last meeting, in the Copa del Rey final, went to Madrid, and Barca has all but clinched the La Liga title. That leaves a chance to play for the biggest prize of all still on the docket. Replay: Fox Soccer Channel, 2 and 5 p.m.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Bolton at Fulham

Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m.

Two mid-level clubs in a late-season clash, but any chance to see American star Clint Dempsey in action is a good one. Replay: 5 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

America (Mexico) at Santos (Brazil)

Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

The Aguilas pulled out a tight group in South America's club championship, but this trip to Brazil for a round-of-16 first leg comes at a most inopportune time. America is fighting for its playoff life with just one game to go in the Mexican Primera Division, and the travel isn't going to help.

Also

Universidad Catolica (Chile) at Gremio (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

Junior (Colombia) at Jaguares de Chiapas (Mexico), Fox Deportes, 3:30 p.m.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Monterrey (Mexico) at Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

This could be one of the signposts for American soccer, with Major League Soccer's best club looking to win the regional title -- for the first time since the switch to the “league” format -- and qualify for December's Club World Cup. The 2-2 draw in Mexico in the first leg and a 34-game home unbeaten streak give Real Salt Lake a mighty advantage. Replay: midnight.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS RESERVE FRIENDLY

UC Santa Barbara at Chivas USA

Home Depot Center Training Fields (Carson), 3 p.m.

Chivas' reserve players, trialists and academy stars take on one of country's top college teams on an as-yet undetermined field at the HDC complex.

THURSDAY, APRIL 28

  • TELEVISION

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Villarreal (Spain) at Porto (Portugal)

GolTV, 2 p.m.

Three of the four semifinalists in Europe's No. 2 competition are Portuguese, but the favorite is the Yellow Submarine, with New Jersey-born Italian star Giuseppe Rossi.

Also

Sporting Braga (Portugal) at Benfica (Portugal), GolTV, noon and midnight

COPA LIBERTADORES

Internacional (Brazil) at Peñarol (Uruguay)

Fox Deportes, 3:30 p.m.

The Uruguayans have won South America's club championship five times, more than any of the other 15 clubs still alive as the Libertadores heads into the the knockout phase. Internacional has just two, including last year's.

Also

Cerro Porteño (Paraguay) at Estudiantes de La Plata (Argentina), Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Cruzeiro (Brazil) at Once Caldas (Colombia), Fox Deportes, 1:30 p.m.

Libertad (Paraguay) at Fluminense (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.