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Friday's Sport: Last-chance saloon in Qatar

The group stage of the World Cup in Qatar comes to an end on Friday, with six nations still harbouring hopes of staking a claim for one of the final two last-16 berths. 

Portugal are assured of progression in Group H, while the same is true of Brazil in Group G - but all the remaining countries have something to play for in today's two double-headers. 

Away from the World Cup, Sandown's Tingle Creek Festival gets under way for horse racing fans, while table-sports enthusiasts have Scottish Open Snooker and day two of pool's Mosconi Cup to relish.

Ghana out for belated revenge

What: Ghana v Uruguay, World Cup Group H

Where: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

When: 15.00, Friday 2nd December 2022

How to watch: BBC2

Odds: Ghana 15/4, Draw 14/5, Uruguay 8/11

Little doubt that this is the very scenario the Ghanaians dreamt about when the World Cup draw was made, as they can end Uruguay's hopes of qualifying if they avoid defeat in Al Wakrah. 

Back in 2010, Luis Suarez famously handled on the goal line deep into extra-time before Uruguay won a penalty shootout and denied Ghana a famous World Cup semi-final appearance. 

The pain still lingers and now 35-year-old Suarez comes up against a squad keen to exact some revenge. 

Uruguay haven't scored a goal in the tournament and if they cannot rectify that, Ghana will progress unless South Korea defeat already-qualified Portugal in the other game. At that point, it will be calculators at the ready. 

For Uruguay, the equation is simply, defeat Ghana and if Portugal avoid a loss - they go through. 

Serbia and Switzerland to scrap it out

What: Serbia v Switzerland

Where: Stadium 974, Doha

When: 19:00, Friday 2nd December

How to watch: ITV

Odds: Serbia 13/8, Switzerland 9/5, Draw 23/10

Switzerland are in the box-seat going into the final game against Serbia in Doha. A win puts them through, while a point is going to be enough unless Cameroon stun tournament favourites Brazil in the other game.

It's 13/8 the Serbs though it was Switzerland - 9/5 shots here - that won 2-1 when they met four years ago, a match that heightened some bad blood between them.

This could therefore be another rousing affair in a World Cup where tensions have largely remained cool on the fields of play. 

Switzerland have only conceded once in two games, while Serbia played out a 3-3 draw last time against Cameroon - throwing away a two-goal lead - which might come back to haunt them.

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Ghana v Uruguay and South Korea v Portugal: Ian Wilkerson's World Cup betting tips

Serbia v Switzerland and Cameroon v Brazil: Steve Davies' World Cup betting tips

'It's just like watching Brazil' - only it isn't

What: Cameroon v Brazil

Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar

When: 19:00, Friday 2nd December

How to watch: ITV

Odds: Cameroon 8/1, Brazil 1/3, Draw 9/2

Exciting attacking football has long been something we come to expect when Brazil rock up at the World Cup but Tite's present incarnation have not lived up to that stereotypical tag in Qatar.

They haven't scored before the 62nd minute in either game and had only seven minutes to spare when they broke the Swiss resistance last time. 

This formidable unit however boast the enviable record of not having conceded a single shot on target over the course of their first two games - ensuring 8/1 Cameroon look up against it in pursuit of the win they need to stand a chance of progressing. 

Horse Racing: Maximilian goes for Ballymore glory

What: Ballymore Winter Novices' Hurdle

Where: Sandown Park 

When: 2.20, Friday 2nd December

How to watch: Racing TV and bet365 live Sports Streaming

Odds: Maximilian 7/4, Man At Work 11/4, Henri The Second 10/3, Henry's Friend 8/1, Park This One 10/1, I'd Like To Know 14/1

Day one of Sandown's Tingle Creek Festival is headlined by the Ballymore Winter Novices' Hurdle, a Grade 2 contest with a decent record of throwing up a smart winner. 

Cheltenham Festival ambitions may reveal themselves for the Donald McCain-trained Maximilian if he comes through this unscathed. He's won all four starts under rules so far and is trading at 33/1 for the Cotswolds contest bearing the same name as this afternoon's Sandown feature. 

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