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December Sport Preview

As 2022 draws to a conclusion there's plenty of sporting action to look forward to in December.

Here's a look at the pick of the action, including the small matter of a World Cup final in Qatar, an all-British heavyweight boxing clash and the highly-anticipated return of the Premier League.

Thursday 1st December 

International Cricket: England take on Pakistan in Rawalpindi

What: Pakistan v England, 1st Test

Where: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan

When: 04:30, Thursday 1st December

How to watch: Sky Sports

Odds: Pakistan 5/4, Draw 9/4, England 9/4

All being well with illness in the England camp, captain Ben Stokes and his side will face Pakistan in the opening Test at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on the first day of the month.

Thursday's encounter, which could be potentially delayed by a few days, is set to be England's first Test in Pakistan for 17 years in a landmark Test match.

After the success of the white-ball side at the T20 World Cup, it's a chance for England's red-ball players to impress before the end of the year.

Saturday 3rd December

Boxing: Fury and Chisora clash in London

What: Tyson Fury v Derek Chisora

Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

When: 22:00 (approximate fight time), Saturday 3rd December

How to watch: BT Sport Box Office

Odds: Fury 1/20, Chisora 9/1

There's a British heavyweight showdown to look forward to at the start of the month with Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora squaring off in London.

A first outing since his win over fellow Brit Dillian Whyte in April, Fury is back in the ring to face Chisora after failing to thrash out terms with Anthony Joshua.

Fury has already recorded two previous wins against Chisora and is a heavy favourite at 1/20 to make it a hat-trick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Thursday 15th December

Darts: Ally Pally lights up for Christmas

What: World Darts Championship

Where: Alexandra Palace, London

When: Thursday 15th December – Monday 2nd January, 2023

How to watch: Sky Sports

Odds: Michael van Gerwen 11/4, Gerwyn Price 6/1, Michael Smith 15/2, Peter Wright 9/1, Josh Rock 16/1, Rob Cross 25/1

The World Darts Championship has become a key fixture in the festive sporting landscape and the action begins at Alexandra Palace in London on Thursday 15th December, with the final in the New Year. 

Michael van Gerwen hasn't raised the Sid Waddell Trophy since 2019 but the Dutchman is in sparkling form and is 11/4 tournament favourite. 

He's already won four major televised events in 2022, including the Premier League, Matchplay, and Grand Prix and he looks the man to beat.

Defending champion Peter Wright has not won anything of real note since his Ally Pally win in January, while world number one Gerwyn Price has flattered to deceive by his own high standards. 

Veteran Raymond van Barneveld got all the way to semi-finals as he rolled back the years at November's Grand Slam and is 80/1 for glory in London.

Lots of eyes will be on Michael Smith, last year's beaten finalist, who beat Barney in Wolverhampton before hoisting his maiden major TV crown. 'Bully Boy' has got the monkey off his back now and is 15/2 to fulfil what many believe to be his destiny in becoming champion of the world. 

Sunday 18th December

World Cup: Destination of trophy to be decided

What: World Cup final

Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar

When: 18:00, Sunday 18th December

How to watch: BBC1 & ITV

One of the most watched sporting events in the world occurs in December, with eyes across the globe to descend on the Lusail Iconic Stadium for the World Cup final.

The last two teams standing will go head to head in a bid to lift the famous trophy in Qatar this winter.

France were the reigning champions leading into the tournament, while Brazil were the pre-competition favourites.

But who will be crowned champions on 18th December?

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Monday 26th December

Premier League: Arsenal have head start in title race

What: Arsenal v West Ham

Where: Emirates Stadium, London

When: 20:00, Monday 26th December

How to watch: Amazon Prime

Odds: Arsenal 4/9, Draw 10/3, West Ham 11/2

After the dust has settled on the World Cup in Qatar it's back to Premier League action for England's top 20 teams, with the schedule resuming on Boxing Day.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are leading the way in the top flight, with a five-point gap between themselves and reigning English champions Manchester City.

All eyes will be on the Emirates Stadium for the late kick-off on Boxing Day to see if the Gunners can hit the ground running after the distraction of the World Cup.

The north London outfit were on an eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League before the tournament in Qatar and are 4/9 to pick up where they left off with a win over the Hammers.

Horse Racing: Boxing Day showpiece launches Festive feast

What: King George VI Chase 

Where: Kempton Park, Sunbury-on-Thames, United Kingdom

When: 3.05, Monday 26th December

How to watch: Racing TV, ITV Racing & bet365 Sports Streaming Service

Odds: Bravemansgame 11/10, Hitman 3/1, L'homme Presse 7/2, Envoi Allen 5/1, Protektorat 12/1 

Christmas is a venerable feast of action for fans of National Hunt racing and it all kicks off on Boxing Day at Kempton Park with the Grade 1 King George VI Chase – the midwinter highlight for staying chasers. 

Paul Nicholls has won the race more times than anyone else and the champion trainer has 11/10 Bravemansgame in the mix this time as well as stablemate Hitman at 3/1

L'homme Presse is Britain's shortest-priced Gold Cup contender and 7/2 for King George glory, while hopes of a rare Irish win in the Kempton contest could be led by 5/1 Envoi Allen for Henry De Bromhead.

Superstar in the making Constitution Hill is slated to run in the Christmas Hurdle earlier on the same card, while the Welsh Grand National is on 27th December and four days of high-class festive racing comes from Leopardstown starting on the 26th. 

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