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Saturday's Sport: World Cup third-place play-off an intriguing prospect

Croatia face Morocco in the third-place play-off at the World Cup on Saturday, with both sides hoping to end the tournament on a positive note.

Semi-final defeat disappointment has to be put aside for the time being, as the Khalifa International Stadium plays host to the penultimate game of the tournament.

Away from the World Cup there are four games in the Scottish Premiership and a full round of Championship matches to look forward to, weather permitting.

It is also day three of the World Darts Championship at the Ally Pally, with Simon Whitlock and Dimitri Van den Bergh among the players taking to the oche.

There is also action at the English Open snooker in Brentwood, horse racing which has beaten the weather to follow on our Sports Live Streaming platform and the Mauritius Open golf to keep tabs on with the bet365 Live Golf Tracker.

World Cup: Third place remains a decent prize

What: Croatia v Morocco
Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
When: 15:00, Saturday 17th December
How to Watch: BBC One
Odds: Croatia 27/20, Draw 12/5, Morocco 2/1

Having seen their hopes of ultimate glory in Qatar ruined by Argentina and France respectively, Croatia and Morocco meet in the third-place play-off.

They have already faced each other in the tournament, with a group stage clash ending goalless, although hopefully the game on Saturday afternoon will be a bit more open with the pressure lifted a little.

Both sides have injury concerns over a number of key players, with Vatreni duo Marcelo Brozovic and Josko Gvardiol unlikely to feature.

The Atlas Lions suffered defensive fitness woes in their semi-final and Nayef Aguerd, Romain Saiss and Noussair Mazraoui are all expected to sit out against the Croats.

Due to those absentees and the expectation of both teams trying to put on something of a spectacle, Both Teams to Score is priced at 7/10, with 2018 beaten finalists Croatia 7/10 To Finish 3rd.

Championship: Third and fourth clash at Carrow Road

What: Norwich City v Blackburn Rovers
Where: Carrow Road, Norwich
When: 17:30, Saturday 17th December
How to Watch: Sky Sports Football & Main Event
Odds: Norwich 4/5, Draw 27/10, Blackburn 7/2

Fourth-placed Norwich City welcome third-placed Blackburn Rovers to Carrow Road for a crunch Championship clash at teatime on Saturday.

The Canaries will be hoping to get back to winning ways on home turf, having drawn 0-0 with QPR and lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in their last two games on their own patch.

Rovers also go into the game with questions to answer, having shipped seven goals in defeats to table-toppers Burnley and Preston North End in their last two outings.

City are unbeaten in the last eight meetings of these two sides, have not lost at home to Rovers since August 1999 and are 4/5 to secure all three points this time around.

Darts: Whitlock aiming to turn back time

What: World Darts Championship, Day Three
Where: Alexandra Palace, London
When: From 11.00, Saturday 17th December 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports Arena
Odds: Michael van Gerwen 5/2, Gerwyn Price 6/1, Michael Smith 6/1, Peter Wright 9/1, Luke Humphries 14/1

Simon Whitlock is a former runner-up at both the PDC and BDO world championships, but his performances have waned in recent times as he has only progressed past the second round once in his last eight attempts.

The Australian takes on Christian Perez in the first round at the Ally Pally, with the man from the Philippines making his first appearance at the Worlds since 2015 - Whitlock can be backed at 1/10 to be Match Winner.

Later in the day highly-rated rising star Josh Rock starts out against Jose Justica in round one, while Dimitri Van den Bergh opens up in round two.

The Belgian will be hoping to avoid a repeat of 12 months ago when he crashed out at the hands of Florian Hempel of Germany.

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