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This Week's Sport: World Cup set for exciting conclusion

After an action-packed month of football in Qatar, the World Cup comes to an end on Sunday with France, Argentina, Croatia and Morocco still in the running.

Away from the World Cup, there are notable fixtures set to play out in cricket, darts, snooker, rugby union, golf and boxing.

As ever, bet365 have plenty of options for you to follow the sport with action available on the Live Golf Tracker and the Sports Live Streaming platform.

Monday 12th December

Championship: Baggies bouncing under new boss

What: Sunderland v West Brom
Where: Stadium of Light, Sunderland
When: 20:00, Monday 12th December 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports Football
Odds: Sunderland 19/10, Draw 9/4, West Brom 6/4

The Championship is back in full swing and the first round of full fixtures after the World Cup break concludes on Monday with Sunderland hosting West Brom.

Sunderland have enjoyed a strong start to life back in the second tier and they head into this clash sitting 11th, while West Brom are 22nd and hoping to start climbing clear of a relegation battle.

There's plenty of reason to be positive for West Brom, though, after showing signs of improvement since Steve Bruce was replaced by Carlos Corberan in the dugout.

The Baggies have won three of their four games under the Spaniard and have kept clean sheets in each of their last three - that's as many as they earned in the 16 before he arrived at the Hawthorns.

Although Sunderland have caught the eye, the majority of their points (17) have come on the road this campaign and they could be in for a difficult evening when a revitalised West Brom visit.

Defender Kyle Bartley has scored in West Brom's last two games and he could be worth considering at 17/2 To Score Anytime.

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Tuesday 13th December

World Cup: Croatia looking for another South American scalp

What: Argentina v Croatia
Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
When: 19:00, Tuesday 13th December 2022
How to watch: BBC1 and ITV1
Odds: Argentina 3/4, Draw 23/10, Croatia 9/2

After beating pre-tournament favourites Brazil on penalties in the quarter-finals, Croatia come up against another South American giant in the shape of Argentina in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Croatia lost to France in the 2018 World Cup final and will be hoping their experience can carry them through in Lusail on Tuesday.

Argentina have come a long way since losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their opening game at the tournament with Lionel Messi, who is 11/4 to finish as the Top Goalscorer at the World Cup, chipping in with four across his five appearances. 

Vatreni beat Argentina 3-0 in the group stage of the 2018 edition in Russia and they've been defensively solid again in Qatar - conceding just two goals within 90 minutes in five outings.

But Argentina, who have netted nine times at the competition, should put that strong record under threat as they look to reach the final for the first time since 2014.

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Wednesday 14th December

World Cup: France face Morocco test

What: France v Morocco
Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
When: 19:00, Wednesday 14th December 2022
How to watch: BBC1 and ITV1
Odds: France 8/15, Draw 13/5, Morocco 7/1

Defending champions France have rolled through the competition without much fanfare as they look to become just the third nation - after Italy and Brazil - to retain their crown.

A tie with Morocco, who made history by becoming the first African nation to reach the semi-finals, looks easier on paper than it does in reality.

Morocco have only conceded once at the World Cup, defender Nayef Aguerd putting through his own net, and they've kept clean sheets in knockout fixtures with Spain and Portugal to reach this point.

Injuries and fatigue appear to be catching up with the Atlas Lions, however, and the absence of Romain Saiss in the heart of defence severely weakens them.

With Olivier Giroud, priced at 15/8 To Score Anytime, as he attempts to add to his four strikes and Golden Boot leader Kylian Mbappe, available at 5/4 To Score Anytime, in attack, France should have the firepower to prevail.

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Thursday 15th December

Darts: PDC World Championship gets underway

What: PDC World Darts Championship
Where: Alexandra Palace, London
When: 15th December - 3rd January 2023
How to watch: Sky Sports Darts
Odds: Michael van Gerwen 5/2, Gerwyn Price 6/1, Michael Smith 15/2, Peter Wright 10/1, Luke Humphries 14/1 

There are four fixtures lined up on the opening day of the 2023 PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Mickey Mansell and Ben Robb kick off the competition ahead of Kean Barry and Grant Sampson, while Jermaine Wattimena and Nathan Raffety square off.

Defending champion Peter Wright, who is 10/1 To Win Outright, has been seeded through to the second round and will face the winner of Mansell and Robb to close out the night.

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Golf: DP Tour heads to Mauritius

What: Mauritius Open
Where: Mont Choisy Le Golf, Mauritius
When: Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th December
How to watch: Sky Sports Golf and bet365's Live Golf Tracker

After two years away, the Mauritius Open returns on Thursday when the spectacular Mont Choisy Le Golf course makes its international tournament debut.

Denmark's Rasmus Hojgaard won the title in 2019 when it was hosted at Heritage Golf Club but he won't be in attendance to defend his crown this time around.

As ever, you can follow all of the action on bet365's Live Golf Tracker.

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Friday 16th December

Rugby union: Leinster looking to build on strong start

What: Leinster v Gloucester
Where: RDS Arena, Dublin
When: 20:00, Friday 16th December 2022
How to watch: BT Sport

Leinster have lifted the Champions Cup on four occasions but they fell agonisingly short as runners-up last season, losing to La Rochelle.

They've made a strong start to this campaign after running out emphatic 42-10 winners at Racing 92 and they have their sights set on Gloucester, who saw off Bordeaux Begles 22-17 in their opener.

Elsewhere, Bordeaux will attempt to bounce back when they take on Sharks at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Friday.

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Saturday 17th December

Football: Bhoys back in action

What: Aberdeen v Celtic
Where: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
When: 12:30, Saturday 17th December 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports Football
Odds: Aberdeen 7/1, Draw 4/1, Celtic 1/3

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic will be hoping to record a ninth successive league win when they return to action at Aberdeen on Saturday.

The Bhoys have won 14 of their 15 fixtures this term and they already boast a nine-point lead over second-placed Rangers.

Aberdeen are third and a further eight points back, but they do have a strong home record with six wins and just one defeat.

Recent meetings have gone Celtic's way, they are unbeaten in 18 against Aberdeen across all competitions and have won each of the last four.

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Sunday 18th December

World Cup: Top honours up for grabs

What: World Cup final
Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
When: 15:00, Sunday 18th December 2022
How to watch: BBC1 and ITV1
Odds: France 11/10, Argentina 17/10, Croatia 15/2, Morocco 9/1

We'll know by the close of play on Wednesday which two teams will be battling it out for glory on the biggest stage in international football.

France, Argentina, Croatia and Morocco have fought hard to reach the semi-finals and are hoping to put in one final push to reach the showpiece event in Lusail.

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