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Saturday's Sport: World Cup knockout ties begin

The World Cup in Qatar continues to take centre stage, even more so on Saturday as the knockout stages of the competition get started.

First up is the meeting of the Netherlands and the United States at the Khalifa International Stadium, before two-time champions Argentina face Australia at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

Aside from football, there are six UK and Ireland race meetings which can be viewed on our Sports Live Streaming platform and golf from the Hero World Challenge and South African Open to follow on the bet365 Live Golf Tracker.

There is also action from the Scottish Open snooker at Meadowbank and three games in the Gallagher Premiership to look forward to.

World Cup: Dutch look to continue progress

What: Netherlands v USA, World Cup
Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
When: 15:00, Saturday 3rd December
How to watch: BBC1
Odds: Netherlands 10/11, Draw 12/5, USA 7/2

The Netherlands progressed from the group stage with seven points from a possible nine, but there is a feeling that there is more to come from the Oranje.

PSV Eindhoven rising star Cody Gakpo has been their star, scoring against Qatar, Senegal and Ecuador, and the Dutch will certainly look to the in-demand forward to lead the way against the United States.

Both Matthijs de Ligt and Nathan Ake are a booking away from a ban, so will need to be careful against a USA outfit who will be hoping that Christian Pulisic recovers from a pelvic injury in time to feature.

The last meeting of these two sides was a friendly back in June 2015 which ended 4-3 to the Stars and Stripes, but this encounter is likely to be far less productive in terms of goals scored.

The Dutch are 4/9 to reach the quarter-finals and are 9/1 to do so after extra-time.

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World Cup: Resolute Australia block Argentina's way

What: Argentina v Australia
Where: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
When: 19:00, Saturday 3rd December
How to watch: BBC1
Odds: Argentina 1/5, Draw 6/1, Australia 14/1

Having lost their opener 2-1 to Saudi Arabia, Argentina avoided the fate of both Germany and Belgium by seeing off Mexico and Poland to advance to the knockout stages.

Next up is a clash with an Australia side who also lost their first game - 4-1 to holders France - before responding superbly to secure 1-0 victories over Tunisia and Denmark to secure their place in the last-16.

These two sides have never previously met in a World Cup finals match, but they did face each other in a two-leg intercontinental play-off for the 1994 tournament, when Argentina edged home 2-1 on aggregate.

Neither side have any fresh major injury problems to contend with and Argentina can be backed at 3/1 to progress by a single-goal margin through to a quarter-final meeting with the winner of the game earlier in the day.

Horse Racing: Tingle Creek the Sandown showpiece

What: Tingle Creek Chase
Where: Sandown
When: 14:55, Saturday 3rd December
How to watch: ITV4, bet365 Sports Live Streaming
Odds: Shishkin 11/10, Greaneteen 15/8, Edwardstone 6/1, Gentlemen De Mee 10/1

The Tingle Creek Chase is the feature event of a busy day in the world of racing, with the Sandown showpiece having attracted a six-runner field full of quality.

Shishkin leads the way hoping to make up for a rare failure at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this year, but faces stiff competition from Greaneteen, who will be bidding to become the 13th winner of this race for trainer Paul Nicholls.

Alan King's Arkle winner Edwardstone adds to the heady mix, while Willie Mullins' Gentleman De Mee certainly cannot be discounted.

Also on the agenda on Saturday in the Becher Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree.

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