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Sunday's Sport: All to play for in showpiece finale

Four weeks of thrilling and breathtaking action reaches its climax on Sunday when France take on Argentina in an eagerly-anticipated World Cup Final.

Both teams will be attempting to win the tournament for a third time, Les Bleus having triumphed in 1998 and 2018 while Argentina lifted the trophy in 1978 and 1986.

It could prove to be a fairytale finish to the World Cup for the irrepressible Lionel Messi, 6/4 to Score At Any Time in the final, while on the other hand France have the chance to win the competition for a second successive time - quite an achievement.

Les Bleus seek successful defence

What: Argentina v France, World Cup final
Where: Lusail Stadium, Qatar
When: 15:00, Sunday 18th December
How to watch: Live on BBC One and ITV
Odds: Argentina 17/10, France 9/5, Draw 21/10

Didier Deschamps’ side beat Argentina 4-3 in the last-16 in Russia in what was widely regarded as the game of the 2018 World Cup and France went on to secure a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.

This time Argentina saw off the Croats 3-0 in the semi-final while France were made to work hard before defeating Morocco 2-0 in the other last-four clash.

Argentina arrived in Qatar on a 36-match unbeaten run but contrived to lose their Group C opener 2-1 to Saudi Arabia before responding by beating Mexico and Poland to reach the knockout stages.

Lionel Scaloni's side secured a 2-1 last-16 win over Australia before progressing on penalties against Netherlands and then easing past Croatia.

Argentina are 10/11 To Lift the Trophy while France are available at 11/1 to Win the Match After Extra Time.

Quins hope for home comforts

What: Harlequins v Racing Metro, European Champions Cup
Where: Twickenham Stoop, London
When: 17:30, Sunday 18th December
How to watch: BT Sport
Odds: Harlequins 8/11, Racing 92 6/5, Draw 20/1

Elsewhere on Sunday there are three European Champions Cup matches to look forward to with the pick of them the evening kick-off between Harlequins and Racing Metro.

Quins opened their European campaign last weekend with a 39-31 defeat to the Sharks but they produced a creditable display in South Africa and are difficult to beat on home soil.

Racing suffered a heavy 42-10 home defeat to Leinster in their opening Pool A fixture and will be keen to get back to winning ways.

That was the French side’s first loss in six matches in all competitions and they are second in the Top 14 having won eight of their 12 fixtures to date.

Meanwhile in Pool B, Munster travel to Northampton Saints and Toulouse entertain a Sale Sharks side that thrashed Ulster 39-0 in their opening match of the competition last Sunday.

The icy weather may be coming to a close but the only horse racing to take place on Sunday will be at Wolverhampton which is set to host eight races, while snooker’s English Open comes to a conclusion and the World Darts Championship continues.

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