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Monday's Sport: Australian Open begins in Melbourne

The Australian Open starts on Monday and dominates the sporting action on what is otherwise a quiet start to the new week.

In the world of football there are games in La Liga and Serie A, while the highest-profile game in England comes from League One as Port Vale play host to Peterborough United.

The final NFL Wild Card round playoff match takes place just as Monday turns into Tuesday, with the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium.

There are also three race meetings, with all the action from Punchestown, Hereford and Wolverhampton available on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Tennis: Swiatek begins bid for Melbourne glory

WhatIga Swiatek v Jule Niemeier
WhereMelbourne, Australia
WhenMonday 16th January
How to watchEurosport, discovery+ and bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsIga Swiatek 1/12, Jule Niemeier 7/1

Iga Swiatek is an 11/5 shot to claim the Australian Open title, having entered the year as the undoubted player to beat in the women's game.

The 21-year-old Pole already has three Grand Slam titles to her name, having claimed both the French and US Open crowns in 2022.

However, she could face a potential banana skin in the first round in Melbourne, as she takes on German Jule Niemeier, who took her to three sets in their fourth-round meeting at Flushing Meadows a matter of months ago.

Niemeier also reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last summer and clearly has the potential to provide a tough test.

Across in the men's draw both seventh seed Daniil Medvedev and third seed Stefanos Tsitspieas are in action, against Marcos Giron and Quentoin Halys respectively.

The early hours of Tuesday morning see five-time Melbourne runner-up Andy Murray take on former Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini, with the Italian 3/10 to progress to the second round.

NFL: Brady could face end of the line

WhatDallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WhereRaymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
When01:15, Tuesday 17th January 2023
How to watchSky Sports NFL, NFL Game Pass & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsDAL Cowboys 5/7, TB Buccaneers 6/5

Veteran quarterback Tom Brady has won a record 35 post-season games during his career, going all the way to claim seven Super Bowl victories.

However, despite having home advantage, his Tampa Bay Buccaneers go into this clash with the Cowboys as the underdogs, with the Dallas franchise 5/7 to progress to the next round of the playoffs.

It is, though, more than a decade since the Cowboys won in Tampa, while the regular season meeting between these two sides in Texas ended 19-3 to the Bucs on the opening weekend of the campaign.

Dallas QB Dak Prescott was kept to 134 yards passing and no touchdowns that day, while Brady threw for 212 yards and one touchdown.

Football: Vale Park in the spotlight

WhatPort Vale v Peterborough United
WhereVale Park, Burslem
When20:00, Monday 16th January 2023
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Football
OddsPort Vale 9/5, Draw 12/5, Peterborough 6/4

There is no game in either the Premier League or the Championship on Monday evening, so the League One game between Port Vale and Peterborough United takes centre stage.

Both sides are hoping to force their way into the play-off picture and 11th-placed Vale have impressed at Vale Park in recent times, winning their last three League One matches on home turf - all by 1-0 scorelines.

They can be backed at 7/2 to win by a one-goal margin on Monday evening, with a 1-0 home win available at 8/1.

The Posh, meanwhile, have won only one of their last seven league games and have not tasted victory on the road in League One since a 2-1 success at Oxford United on 22nd October.

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