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It promises to be another superb weekend of sport, with the start of football’s World Cup in Qatar among a string of highlights.

There is also world class rugby from both codes, while the top-level racing action comes from both the UK and Ireland, whilst the Formula 1 season concludes in Abu Dhabi.

The amount of must-see sport means we do not even have space to include the conclusion of the DP World Tour campaign, available to follow through our Live Golf Tracker, and England’s second ODI against Australia.

World Cup: All eyes on Qatar

WhatWorld Cup
WhenSunday 20th November - Sunday 18th December
How to watchBBC and ITV
OddsBrazil 7/2, Argentina 11/2, France 7/1, England 8/1, Spain 8/1

The timing of the World Cup means it may not have had the build-up of its predecessors but the feeling is that things will liven up once the tournament kicks off on Sunday.

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Hosts Qatar are 11/5 to win their first ever World Cup match and make early inroads in Group A against returning Ecuador who are 7/5 to succeed after missing the 2018 edition.

The draw is 21/10 and the Qataris will be hoping to emulate Russia’s exploits of four years ago when an opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia set them on their way to the quarter-finals.

Rugby League World Cup: Could history be made at Old Trafford?

WhatAustralia v Samoa, Rugby League World Cup Final
WhereOld Trafford, Manchester
When16:00, Saturday 19th November
How to watchBBC1, BBC Sport website and iPlayer
OddsAustralia 1/12, Samoa 6/1

Samoa’s shock win over England last Saturday has handed them a shot at history, as they aim to become only the fourth nation to win the Rugby League World Cup.

In their way stand Australia, the mighty Kangaroos having so far battled their way through the tournament, beating New Zealand in the last four in what is already being talked about as one of the greatest matches of all time.

Australia are eyeing their 12th title and their superstar winger Josh Addo-Carr is 7/4 to score two or more tries at Old Trafford, having already crossed 12 times in the tournament.

Rugby Union: All Blacks head to Twickenham

WhatEngland v New Zealand
WhereTwickenham, London
When17:30, Saturday 19th November
How to watchAmazon Prime
OddsEngland 13/10, New Zealand 4/6

It has been a pulsating Autumn Nations Series and the penultimate weekend features arguably the standout match as England host New Zealand.

Red Rose captain Owen Farrell is due to earn his 100th cap in what is the two nations’ first meeting since the 2019 World Cup when Farrell was instrumental in England’s 19-7 semi-final victory in Yokohama.

Elsewhere on Saturday, South Africa will hope to avoid Australia’s fate of last weekend when they face Italy at 13:00. Wales take on Georgia at the same time, with Scotland meeting Argentina at 15:15 and Ireland hosting the Wallabies at 20:00. France then face Japan on Sunday at 13:00.

Horse Racing: Graded action galore

WhatHorse Racing
WhereHaydock, Ascot (Saturday) Punchestown (Sunday)
WhenSaturday 19th November and Sunday 20th November
How to watchRTV, Sky, ITV and bet365’s Sports Live Streaming

Haydock sets the scene for the Betfair Chase at 3.00 and the big question is whether defending champion 4/7 A Plus Tard can be beaten as he again teams up with Rachael Blackmore for Henry De Bromhead.

It is also the 1965 Chase at Ascot (2.05) where L’Homme Presse is 4/7 to make a successful reappearance for Venetia Williams after winning on five of his six outings last season.

Meanwhile at 2.40, little looks likely to upset 1/4 Constitution Hill in the Ascot Hurdle, with jockey Nico de Boinville eyeing a third straight win in the race.

There’s also Graded action over in Ireland, with the highlight of the weekend Sunday’s Morgiana Hurdle where Willie Mullins saddles three of the five entries in search of a record-extending 12th victory.

Formula 1: 2022 season concludes in Abu Dhabi

WhatAbu Dhabi GP
WhereYas Marina Circuit
When13:00, Sunday 20th November 
How to watchSky Sports Main Event and F1
OddsMax Verstappen 6/5, Lewis Hamilton 11/4, George Russell 5/1, Charles Leclerc 13/2, Sergio Perez 11/1

Max Verstappen has dominated the 2022 season and the Red Bull man will be aiming to win his 15th race of the year, extending the record he set with his 14th triumph in Mexico.

The 25-year-old won at the Yas Marina Circuit in both 2020 and 2021 and will be determined to go out in style.

However, improving Mercedes will be pushing Red Bull hard with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, while Ferrari will also be hoping to close out another promising yet ultimately underwhelming campaign in what is always a spectacular night race.

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