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Friday's Sport: Jos Buttler looks to lead England to ODI success

It's another packed day of sport on the final Friday of January, with international cricket, FA Cup football, Australian Open tennis and Masters darts to look forward to.

The highlights of the day see England's ODI tour of South Africa get underway, while the Premier League's top two - Manchester City and Arsenal - meet in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

There are also a number of race meetings to follow on our Sports Live Streaming platform, Snooker Shoot Out action continuing in Leicester and golf from the Dubai Desert Classic and the Farmers Insurance Open to follow on the bet365 Live Golf Tracker.

Cricket: Archer back for 50-over world champions

WhatSouth Africa v England, 1st ODI
WhereMangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
When11:00, Friday 27th January
How to watchSky Sports Cricket & Main Event, bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsSouth Africa 6/4, England 8/15

England begin their preparations for their defence of their one-day World Cup title with a three-match ODI series in South Africa.

With the tournament in India nine months away, England will hope to start the calendar year on the right foot with a series win over the Proteas.

Jos Buttler’s men, buoyed by victory in the T20 World Cup last year, have been boosted by the return to fitness of pace bowler Jofra Archer, who has not played international cricket since March 2021.

The Proteas, meanwhile, have slipped to sixth in the ODI world rankings, but their selectors have stuck by under-pressure skipper Temba Bavuma.

FA Cup: Title rivals ready for Etihad showdown

WhatManchester City v Arsenal, FA Cup fourth round
WhereEtihad Stadium, Manchester
When20:00, Friday 27th January
How to watchITV1
OddsMan City 3/4, Draw 16/5, Arsenal 16/5

Manchester City and Arsenal take a break from the Premier League title race when they face each other at the Etihad Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Gunners hold a five-point advantage in the league, but they head to a ground where they have lost on their last five competitive visits.

This FA Cup encounter comes three weeks before they go head-to-head in the Premier League at the Emirates, in what looks like something of a must-win clash for Pep Guardiola’s Citizens.

Australian Open: Djokovic on course for tenth Melbourne title

WhatNovak Djokovic v Tommy Paul
WhereMelbourne Park, Melbourne
WhenFrom 08:30, Friday 27th January
How to watchEurosport, Discovery+
OddsNovak Djokovic 1/20, Tommy Paul 10/1

Novak Djokovic has dropped just one set en-route to the semi-finals of the Australian Open, as he prepares to take on American Tommy Paul for a place in Sunday’s final.

The world number one, seeded four in Melbourne, needed just two hours and three minutes to see off fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the quarters, winning 6-1 6-2 6-4.

The unseeded Paul has beaten the likes of Roberto Bautista Agut and Ben Shelton to make it to this stage and this is the first time he will have faced Djokovic.

Darts: Cullen out to defend Masters title

WhatThe Cazoo Masters
WhereMarshall Arena, Milton Keynes
WhenFrom 19:00, Friday 27th January
How to watchITV4
OddsMichael van Gerwen 9/4, Michael Smith 4/1, Gerwyn Price 5/1, Peter Wright 8/1, Jonny Clayton 12/1

Joe Cullen was the surprise winner of last year’s Masters event, winning his first televised tournament and he is back to defend his title in 2023.

‘The Rock Star’ Cullen will face Chris Dobey in his first-round clash - which is one of four all-English match-ups in Milton Keynes. The winner of that clash will face another Englishman, Luke Humphries, in round two.

Michael van Gerwen is looking for his sixth Masters title and the Dutchman will enter at the second round stage, when he will face either Jose de Sousa or Gabriel Clemens, who play their first-round match on Friday evening.

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