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Monday's Sport: Arsenal in action in final FA Cup tie

The final tie of the FA Cup third round is the highlight of the sporting world on Monday, with Premier League leaders Arsenal heading to the Kassam Stadium to take on League One Oxford United.

There is also one game in La Liga as Osasuna travel to the San Mames to take on Athletic Bilbao, as well as two fixtures in Serie A.

There are also three race meetings which can be followed on our Sports Live Streaming platform, with action coming from Taunton, Ayr and Wolverhampton.

Meanwhile, the Masters snooker continues at the Alexandra Palace and two of the biggest names in the sport take to the table, with both Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins in action on Monday.

FA Cup: Gunners all-change for Oxford exam

WhatOxford United v Arsenal
WhereKassam Stadium, Oxford
When20:00, Monday 9th January
How to watchITV1 and bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsOxford 10/1, Draw 8/1, Arsenal 1/6

Arsenal have enjoyed a superb season to date, as they stand five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after losing just one of the 17 top-flight games they have played so far this season.

In contrast, the U’s are down in 15th place in League One after winning only one of their last five games, with boss Karl Robinson shorn of the services of Kyle Joseph, Sam Baldock and Marcus Browne due to injury.

Mikel Arteta has plenty of options to choose from and is likely to hand starts to a number of fringe players, including Matt Turner, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney, Fabio Vieira and Mohamed Elneny, while Emile Smith Rowe could be involved after recovering from a groin problem.

These two sides have only met once since the 1980s, with the Gunners winning a meeting at the same stage of the FA Cup 2-0 in January 2003 - when a Dennis Bergkamp strike and a Scott McNiven own goal settled the issue.

Snooker: Rocket enters Masters fray

WhatRonnie O'Sullivan v Luca Brecel
WhereAlexandra Palace, London
When13:00, Monday 9th January
How to watchBBC2 and Eurosport 2
OddsRonnie O’Sullivan 1/3, Luca Brecel 12/5

Ronnie O'Sullivan tops the bill at the Ally Pally on Monday, with his afternoon Masters opener against Luca Brecel looking like an intriguing contest.

O'Sullivan has reached the Masters final on an incredible 13 occasions, claiming the title a record seven times, the last of which came in 2017 - when he defeated Joe Perry 10-7.

His last final appearance came in 2019, when he was defeated 10-4 by Judd Trump, and the Rocket will no doubt be eager to thrill his home crowd in the capital once again.

His opponent, Belgian Brecel, is enjoying a fine season, having won the Championship League and reached the final of the English Open, where he was defeated 9-6 by Mark Selby.

The two players have only met three times previously, with O'Sullivan leading the head-to-head record 2-1.

After O'Sullivan and Brecel have completed their match, the evening session sees John Higgins take on Jack Lisowski in what should be another high-quality encounter.

Higgins has two Masters titles to his name, triumphing in 1999 and 2006, while he has lost in the final on three further occasions - including in 2021 when Yan BIngtao claimed a 10-8 success.

The Scot holds a 6-2 winning record against Lisowski, with their last meeting coming in the quarter-finals of the World Championship last year, when Higgins won 13-12 in a final-frame thriller.

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