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Friday's Sport: Ally Pally drama continues

Friday's sporting action will be highlighted by day nine of the PDC World Darts Championship, as the second round draws to a conclusion at Alexandra Palace.

There is also a double-header of football action to enjoy from the Scottish Premiership, including Rangers' trip to Dingwall to take on Ross County, while rugby union fans can take in two matches from the Gallagher Premiership.

Darts: Cross headlines afternoon session

What: World Darts Championship 
When: 15th December 2022 - 3rd January 2023 
Where: Alexandra Palace, London 
How to watch: Sky Sports 
Odds: Michael van Gerwen 9/4, Michael Smith 5/1, Gerwyn Price 6/1, Peter Wright 10/1, Josh Rock 10/1, Luke Humphries 16/1

The last day of action from the World Darts Championship before the Christmas break will see the final eight second-round matches take place, with 2018 champion Rob Cross headlining the afternoon session.

Cross will be up against fellow Englishman Scott Williams and he is 4/9 to book his place in the last 32 for the fourth time and come out on top as Match Winner, while his opponent is 7/4 to advance.

The evening session will see seventh-seed Jonny Clayton take to the oche - the Ferret is 1/7 to get the better of Danny van Trijp, while UK Open champion Danny Noppert is 1/7 to beat Canada's David Cameron in their Match Winner market.

Masters champion Joe Cullen will then round off the evening by taking on Ricky Evans and the RockStar can be backed at 1/4 in Match Winner to ensure he will be returning to Ally Pally after Christmas.

Scottish Premiership: Rangers out to maintain perfect start under Beale

What: Ross County v Rangers 
Where: Victoria Park, Dingwall 
When: 19:30, Friday 23rd December 
How to watch: Sky Sports Football 
Odds: Ross County 15/2, Draw 9/2, Rangers 1/3

It has been an eventful start to life as Rangers manager for Michael Beale, as although he has won both his matches in charge, the Gers have had to come from behind in both, claiming 3-2 victories over Hibernian and Aberdeen.

The latter of those successes was particularly eventful, as Beale's men were trailing 2-1 heading into second-half stoppage time only for substitute Scott Arfield to strike in both the 95th and 97th minutes.

That dramatic win briefly saw Rangers close the gap on Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership to six points, but the leaders have since extended that advantage back to nine by virtue of their midweek win over Livingston.

Rangers will now be looking to respond with victory at struggling Ross County on Friday night and recent history suggests the Gers, who are 1/3 in the Full Time Result market, should prevail, as they have won 13 of the last 14 meetings between the two sides.

Friday's other match from the Scottish Premiership will see two of the bottom four go head-to-head, with ninth-placed Motherwell 21/20 to beat Kilmarnock in 11th on home soil. Killie can be backed at 13/5 in the Full Time Result market with the draw 12/5.

Rugby Union: Premiership top two in action

What: London Irish v Saracens 
Where: Gtech Community Stadium, Brentford 
When: 19:45 Friday 23rd December 
How to watch: BT Sport 1 and Ultimate 
Odds: London Irish 12/5, Tie 22/1, Saracens 1/3

Leaders Saracens are among the teams in action in the Gallagher Premiership, as they head across the capital to take on London Irish.

Sarries were beaten in last season's Premiership final by Leicester Tigers, but they appear determined to go one better this time around, although this will be their first match in the league since defeating Northampton Saints on November 13th.

London Irish were winners over Newcastle Falcons in their last Premiership fixture, but they remain second bottom and it is hard to envisage them disrupting the league leaders.

Sarries are 1/3 to make it 10 wins from 10.

Second-placed Sale Sharks will also be on the road on Friday, as they head to Newcastle looking to bounce back from Sunday's Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse.

Saracens and Harlequins are the only teams to have beaten Sale in the Premiership this season and the Sharks are 4/7 to get the better of the struggling Falcons, who are 6/4 to register just their fourth win of the campaign.

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