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Saturday's Sport: Pivotal day for Argentina in Qatar

The first Saturday of the World Cup could prove pivotal, with Argentina, France and Denmark among the teams in action on another busy day in Qatar.

There are four matches in total, while there is also domestic football to enjoy with 15 ties from the second round of the FA Cup.

Away from football, the Autumn rugby union internationals reach their conclusion, while it is also a big day on the racing calendar, with prestigious meetings to come from Newcastle and Newbury which can be followed on our Sports Live Streaming platform

World Cup: Argentina have to deliver

What: Argentina v Mexico
Where: Lusail Stadium, Lusail
When: 19.00, Saturday 26th November
How to watch: ITV1
Odds: Argentina 8/15, Mexico 11/2, Draw 3/1

Argentina were being tipped by many to be crowned world champions in Qatar, but Lionel Messi and co were left stunned by their 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening Group C fixture and they now face an uphill battle just to reach the knockout stages.

The danger is real for Lionel Scaloni's side, as if they were to lose to Mexico then their elimination would be confirmed.

The good news for La Albiceleste is they will be facing a Mexico side that looked pretty toothless in their goalless group opener with Poland and Argentina are priced at 8/15 to get back on track with a victory.

World Cup: Saudis hope for repeat performance

What: Poland v Saudi Arabia
Where: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
When: 13:00, Saturday 26th November
How to watch: ITV1
Odds: Poland 7/10, Saudi Arabia 15/4, Draw 5/2

By the time Argentina and Mexico kick off in Lusail, Saudi Arabia could have already booked their place in the knockout stages, as victory for Herve Renard's side over Poland would be enough to see them advance with a game to spare.

However, after producing one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history, it may be difficult for the Green Falcons to deliver a repeat performance.

Poland were disappointing in their goalless draw with Mexico, although they would have won the match had Robert Lewandowski not missed a second-half penalty.

The Barcelona forward is still yet to score a World Cup goal, but he is 6/5 to finally end that wait against the Saudis.

World Cup: Underdogs face pivotal contest

What: Tunisia v Australia
Where: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar
When: 10:00, Saturday 26th November
How to watch: BBC One
Odds: Tunisia 11/10, Australia 11/4, Draw 9/4

Tunisia and Australia were seen as the underdogs in Group D heading into the tournament and while the Socceroos somewhat lived up to that billing by losing to France 4-1, the North Africans impressed to claim a goalless draw with Denmark.

That 0-0 stalemate has set Tunisia up nicely heading into this encounter, as a win would put the Eagles of Carthage in a strong position to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the very first time, while leaving Australia on the brink of elimination.

This will be the first meeting between these two sides since 2005.

World Cup: Depleted France seeking revenge

What: France v Denmark
Where: Stadium 974, Doha
When: 16.00, Saturday 26th November
How to watch: ITV1
Odds: France 3/4, Denmark 15/4, Draw 14/5

France came into the World Cup without a string of injured players including Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema, while they lost defender Lucas Hernandez to a serious knee injury during their opening victory over Australia.

However, that 4-1 success underlined the strength and depth that head coach Didier Deschamps has at his disposal and the defending champions can seal their passage into the last 16 with a victory over Denmark.

The Danes underwhelmed during their stalemate with Tunisia, but Kasper Hjulmand's side did win home and away against France during the recent Nations League campaign.

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Rugby Union: England and Wales round off autumn internationals

What: England v South Africa
Where: Twickenham Stadium, London
When: 17:30, Saturday 26th November
How to watch: Amazon Prime
Odds: England 8/13, Tie 20/1, South Africa 11/8

It has been an up and down autumn for England, who recovered from defeat to Argentina by beating Japan before playing out a thrilling 25-25 draw with New Zealand last weekend.

Eddie Jones' side will now round off the year by facing South Africa in a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final - which the Springboks won - with England 8/13 to gain their revenge at Twickenham.

Wales are also in action, with Wayne Pivac's men looking to bounce back from their surprise defeat to Georgia last time out when they take on Australia at the Principality Stadium.

Horse Racing: Prestige action from Newcastle and Newbury

What: Fighting Fifth Hurdle
Where: Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, Newcastle
When: 2.10, 26th November
How to watch: Sky Sports Racing and bet365's Sports Live Streaming

There is a busy Saturday of racing action to enjoy, not least from Newcastle where the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle takes centre stage.

Last season's outstanding novice hurdler Constitution Hill is expected to be the one to beat in that one for trainer Nicky Henderson.

Day two of Newbury's Winter Carnival is also scheduled, with the highlights from the Berkshire track including the Gold Cup at 3.05.

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