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Thursday's Sport: Brazil enter the fray

There are four more games from the World Cup in Qatar on Thursday and all eyes will be fixed on Brazil as they begin their challenge for a sixth title.

It is 20 years since the South American giants last won the World Cup, and having seen continental rivals Argentina slip up in their opener, Brazil will be extra-eager to overcome Serbia.

It's also a busy day for NFL fans, with the traditional Thanksgiving Day programme providing plenty of action. 

Neymar and Co start World Cup journey

What: Brazil v Serbia

Where: Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar

When: 19.00, Thursday 24th November

How to watch: BBC1 

Odds: Brazil 1/2, Draw 10/3, Serbia 11/2

Two decades is a long time to wait for Brazil when it comes to winning a World Cup. The record five-time winners of the World Cup get their campaign underway when they face a Serbia side who will be desperate to get out of the group stages.

Having topped the South American qualifying section, Brazil will enter the World Cup with confidence and their array of attacking talent is led by Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar and Vinicius Jr of Real Madrid, while Richarlison of Tottenham and Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus show the sheer depth of talent within Tite's squad.

Serbia aren't short on options either, they qualified ahead of Portugal and Aleksandar Mitrovic should test out the Brazilian rearguard with his physical qualities. Brazil to win and both teams to score is 11/5.

Ronaldo can focus on the football

What: Portugal v Ghana 

Where: Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar

When: 16.00, Thursday 24th November

How to watch: ITV

Odds: Portugal 2/5, Draw 15/4, Ghana 15/2

It has been a turbulent couple of weeks for Cristiano Ronaldo, whose time at Manchester United ended by mutual consent on Tuesday. 

The veteran forward will aim to make headlines on the field of play as Portugal begin their World Cup journey by facing Ghana. In what is set to be Ronaldo's final time gracing the World Cup stage, he's 3/1 to open the scoring in his tournament opener. 

Thursday's World Cup action begins at 10.00 when Switzerland are 8/11 to overcome Cameroon in Group G, while at 13.00 the Education City Stadium sees Uruguay and South Korea clash in the Group H opener.

Cowboys continue Thanksgiving tradition

What: New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

When: 21:30, Thursday 24th November 2022

How to watch: Sky Sports NFL, NFL Game Pass

Odds: NY Giants 13/4, DAL Cowboys 4/17

Thanksgiving Day in the United States means the traditional football feast is being served with a triple-header of NFL action.

Nothing is quite as traditional as the Dallas Cowboys lining out on the final Thursday in November.

Their match-up in Arlington with the New York Giants marks the 45th consecutive Thanksgiving Day contest the Cowboys have hosted and this time it's against a division rival.

The two teams have identical 7-3 records and both appear to be jostling at the front of the queue for Odell Beckham Jr's signature as he prepares to make his return to an NFL roster.

Before them at 17.30 the Buffalo Bills are at Ford Field to take on the hosting Detroit Lions, while the action concludes in the early hours of Friday morning with a clash between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis from 01.20.

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