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Monday's Sport: World Cup action gathers pace

The World Cup dominates the sporting action on Monday, although there are also three race meetings to enjoy in the afternoon.

However, it is set to be football all the way for the next month and there are three matches to be played in Qatar on Monday, with both England and Wales involved in the action.

Gareth Southgate’s side feature in the first match of the day when they take on an Iran team who should not be under-estimated.

England aim to get off to a flier

What: England v Iran, World Cup Group B

Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar

When: 13:00, Monday 21st November, 2022

How to watch: BBC1

Odds: England 1/3, Draw 15/4, Iran 10/1

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is guaranteed to have his side well-organised and, as England come into the tournament without a victory in six matches, it looks set to be a low-scoring affair with a 1-0 victory for Southgate’s team probably good value at 4/1.

England will need to be wary of Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi who are game-winning forwards while they will know only too well that they often start tournaments slowly - in 2018 they edged past Tunisia 2-1 thanks to a last-gasp Harry Kane goal.

Mane's absence could be crucial

What: Senegal v Netherlands, World Cup Group A

Where: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

When: 16:00, Monday 21st November 2022

How to watch: ITV1

Odds: Senegal 6/1, Draw 3/1, Netherlands 8/15

Senegal will still be reeling from the news that Sadio Mane will miss the tournament and his absence hands the initiative to Netherlands in the second Group B match on Monday.

The Bayern Munich star helped lead his team to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations title earlier this year, scoring the winning penalty in their victory over Egypt in the final.

Head coach Aliou Cisse will find it difficult to replace Mane and the Dutch have enough quality to get off to a winning start on what they hope will be a successful time in Qatar.

Wales need to keep it tight

What: USA v Wales, World Cup Group B

Where: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar

When: 19:00, Monday November 21, 2022

How to watch: ITV1

Odds: USA 7/5, Draw 2/1, Wales 9/4

The final match of the day sees Wales take on USA, In what looks set to be a tight Group B, it will be imperative not to lose the first game and Robert Page’s side will need to be at their best to contain a dangerous USA outfit.

It is Wales’ first World Cup since 1958, but USA will also be keen to impress after missing out on the action in Russia four years ago.

A draw may well suit both countries but the class and guile of Gareth Bale, 5/2 to score at any time in the match, could prove to be the difference between two evenly-matched sides.

Meanwhile, if the World Cup is of no interest to you, there are three horse racing meetings taking place across the UK on Monday afternoon - at Kempton, Musselburgh and Ludlow.

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