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This Week's Sport: New Year starts in style

The first full week of the New Year will see plenty of sporting action take place, including the crowning of the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship winner.

There is also plenty of football to enjoy from across the Premier League, Scottish Premiership and FA Cup, while the first PGA Tour event of the year will see many of the world's top golfers head to Kapalua Resort, Hawaii for the Tournament of Champions.

As ever, bet365 will have plenty of options for you to follow all the sport, with select action available on the Sports Live Streaming platform.

Monday 2nd January

Football: Bees out to sting resurgent Reds

What: Brentford v Liverpool 
Where: Gtech Community Stadium, Brentford, London 
When: 17:30, Monday 2nd January 
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League 
Odds: Brentford 19/4, Draw 10/3, Liverpool 8/15

Brentford and Liverpool have both enjoyed impressive festive periods, with the Bees following up a home draw with Tottenham by beating West Ham on the road, while the Reds have claimed back-to-back league successes over Aston Villa and Leicester

That should make Monday's meeting at the Gtech Community Stadium all the more intriguing, while neutrals will be hoping to see the same excitement as was witnessed during last season's corresponding fixture, a match that finished 3-3. 

A repeat of that scoreline, at odds of 50/1, perhaps seems unlikely this time around, but this should be an entertaining clash between two sides seemingly moving in an upward trajectory.

Football: Old Firm blockbuster at Ibrox

What: Rangers v Celtic 
Where: Ibrox, Glasgow 
When: 12:30, Monday 2nd January 
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Football 
Odds: Rangers 11/5, Draw 5/2, Celtic 6/5

The second Old Firm showdown of the season will see Rangers look to close the gap on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic, with Ange Postecoglou's table toppers currently sitting nine points clear after winning 12 league matches on the spin. 

Rangers are also in good form, registering four wins from four since Michael Beale's appointment as manager, but the scars will still be there for the Gers from their 4-0 loss to Celtic earlier this season. 

Another Celtic win, which can be backed at 6/5, would arguably mean the Bhoys have one hand on the title, but Rangers are 11/5 to claim the derby spoils and perhaps set up a thrilling second half of the season.

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Tennis: Djokovic among star attractions in Adelaide

What: Adelaide International 1 
Where: Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide 
When: Monday 2nd January - Sunday 8th January 
Odds: Novak Djokovic 8/11, Daniil Medvedev 9/2, Felix Auger-Aliassime 15/2, Holger Rune 11/1, Andrey Rublev 12/1

Many of the world's best tennis stars, on both the ATP and WTA Tours, will step up their preparations for the upcoming Australian Open at this week's Adelaide International 1. 

Novak Djokovic is the main draw in the men's competition, with the 21-time Grand Slam winner 8/11 to go all the way in Adelaide, although he will face a stern test from the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Felix Auger-Aliassime, as well as British stars such as Andy Murray

World number two Ons Jabeur could well be the one to beat in the women's draw, with the Tunisian receiving a bye into the second round alongside second seed Aryna Sabalenka.

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Tuesday 3rd January

Football: Leaders set for crunch clash

What: Arsenal v Newcastle 
Where: Emirates Stadium, London 
When: 19:45, Tuesday 3rd January 
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League 
Odds: Arsenal 5/6, Draw 14/5, Newcastle 3/1

The game of the day in the Premier League will undoubtedly come at the Emirates Stadium where leaders Arsenal will entertain third-place Newcastle

These two sides have lost just twice in the league combined this season, but something may have to give on Tuesday, with the Gunners 5/6 to extend their lead at the top, while the Magpies can be backed at 3/1 to blast their way into the title race. 

There are three further matches taking place in the Premier League on Tuesday, with Everton hosting Brighton and Leicester taking on Fulham

Both those games kick-off at 19:45, while the 20:00 start will see Manchester United face Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

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Darts: World Championship final at Ally Pally

What: 2023 PDC World Darts Championship 
Where: Alexandra Palace, London 
When: 20:00, Tuesday 3rd January 
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Arena 
Odds: Michael van Gerwen 21/20, Michael Smith 10/3, Gerwyn Price 9/2, Jonny Clayton 10/1, Dimitri Van den Bergh 18/1

The biggest night of the year in darts will come on Tuesday when the World Championship final takes place at Alexandra Palace, but who will succeed Peter Wright as champion? 

With the semi-finals to come on Monday it is still anyone's guess who will be lifting the trophy come the end of Tuesday's best-of-13 legs clash.

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Wednesday 4th January

Football: Spurs aim to boost top-four hopes

What: Crystal Palace v Tottenham 
Where: Selhurst Park, London 
When: 20:00, Wednesday 4th January 
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League 
Odds: Crystal Palace 23/10, Draw 5/2, Tottenham 23/20

Tottenham face a battle to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, but they can boost those hopes by claiming a victory at Selhurst Park against London rivals Crystal Palace in the pick of Wednesday's games from the top flight. 

Elsewhere, the focus is very much on the battle to survive, when bottom-of-the-table Southampton host Nottingham Forest

Out-of-form West Ham will travel to Leeds in another game that affects the wrong end of the table, as does the Midlands derby at Villa Park between Aston Villa and Wolves.

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Thursday 5th January

Football: City head to the Bridge

What: Chelsea v Manchester City 
Where: Stamford Bridge, London 
When: 20:00, Thursday 5th January 
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League 
Odds: Chelsea 4/1, Draw 11/4, Man City 4/6

Manchester City's title hopes were dented following their draw with Everton on New Year's Eve and Pep Guardiola's side will face another stern test of their credentials when they head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea

Graham Potter's men are facing their own battle to finish in the top four this season so there will be plenty at stake in west London on Thursday night. 

City have won the last three meetings between the two sides to nil and they can be backed at 4/6 to collect another three points in the Full Time Result market.

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Golf: 2023 starts in style on PGA Tour

What: Tournament of Champions 
Where: Kapalua Resort, Hawaii 
When: Thursday 5th January - Sunday 8th January 
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Golf

The first PGA Tour event of 2023 will be held at Kapalua Resort, Hawaii this week, with the Tournament of Champions taking place. 

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FA Cup: All You Need To Know

It will be a top-class field teeing up at the event, with 17 of the world's top 20 set to compete, including Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Patrick Cantlay. 

Cameron Smith was the winner last year, with the Australian claiming a one-stroke victory. He, of course, would go on to be crowned Open champion at St Andrews later in the year.

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Friday 6th January

Football: Old Trafford the venue for cup clash

What: Manchester United v Everton 
Where: Old Trafford, Greater Manchester 
When: 20:00, Friday 6th January 
How to watch: ITV1 
Odds: Man Utd 1/2, Draw 7/2, Everton 5/1

The FA Cup third round gets underway on Friday night with an all-Premier League tie between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford. 

United are 12-time winners of the FA Cup, last lifting the trophy in 2016, while the most recent of Everton's five successes came some 28 years ago, although they did beat the red half of Manchester in that final.

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Rugby Union: Sarries head to Kingsholm

What: Gloucester v Saracens 
Where: Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester 
When: 19:45, Friday 6th January 
How to watch: BT Sport 1

Premiership leaders Saracens will head to Gloucester on Friday night looking to extend their advantage at the top of the standings by claiming an 11th win in 12 matches. 

The contest at Kingsholm is the first of five taking place in the Premiership across the weekend, with Newcastle Falcons hosting Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints visiting Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, while on Sunday Harlequins host Sale and Bristol head to London Irish.

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Saturday 7th January

Football: FA Cup third round day

What: Liverpool v Wolves 
Where: Anfield, Liverpool 
When: 20:00, Saturday 7th January 
How to watch: ITV4 
Odds: Liverpool 3/10, Draw 17/4, Wolves 17/2

FA Cup third round Saturday is always one of the most iconic days in the football calendar and this year will be no different, with 22 ties taking place across the day. 

There is plenty of scope for shocks, including at the Technique Stadium where National League Chesterfield will be hoping to get the better of West Brom from the Championship. 

The pick of the games will be at Anfield where holders Liverpool will take on Wolves in an all-Premier League tie.

Sunday 8th January

Football: City and Chelsea meet again

What: Manchester City v Chelsea 
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester 
When: 16:30, Sunday 8th January 
How to watch: BBC1 
Odds: Man City 1/2, Draw 10/3, Chelsea 9/2

Three days on from their Premier League meeting, Manchester City and Chelsea will lock horns once again, this time at the Etihad Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup. 

That is one of eight third-round ties taking place across Sunday, with another of the highlights potentially coming at Villa Park where Unai Emery's Aston Villa will be hoping to avoid being on the receiving end of a cup shock when they host League Two high-flyers Stevenage.

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American Football: Final day of regular season

What: 2022 NFL season 
Where: United States 
When: 8th September 2022 - 8th January 2023 
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and NFL 
Odds: BUF Bills 7/2, PHI Eagles 9/2, KC Chiefs 9/2, SF 49ers 6/1, CIN Bengals 15/2

The final day of the regular season in the NFL will take place on Sunday, with all 32 teams in action at 18:00 and there will be plenty at stake with the remaining playoff places still up for grabs. 

Reaching the postseason will leave teams potentially just three wins away from Super Bowl LVII and they will all be hoping to emulate the LA Rams, who beat the Cincinnati Bengals in last season's showpiece.

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Snooker: The Masters gets underway

What: The Masters 2023 
Where: Alexandra Palace, London 
When: Sunday 8th January - Sunday 15th January 
How to watch: BBC 
Odds: Ronnie O'Sullivan 10/3, Neil Robertson 4/1, Judd Trump 9/2, Mark Selby 8/1, Mark Allen 12/1 

The opening Triple Crown event of 2023 will get underway on Sunday, with the Masters taking place at Alexandra Palace, as the world's best compete for one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport. 

Neil Robertson is the defending champion after beating Barry Hawkins in last year's final and he is 4/1 to defend his crown, but nobody has won the tournament more often than seven-time victor Ronnie O'Sullivan, who is 10/3 to land the title for the first time since 2017.

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