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The highlight of the sporting week will focus on Qatar as the bulk of the World Cup group stage matches take place, with England playing twice in the next seven days.

It is not all about the World Cup, though, with T20 World Cup champions England in action against Australia in the third one-day international, while Eddie Jones' England tackle reigning world champions South Africa in an Autumn Series clash.

Monday 21st November

Football: England get World Cup campaign underway

What: England v Iran

Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

When: 13:00, Monday 21st November 2022

How to watch: ITV1

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

England begin their quest to win a second World Cup when they face Iran in their opening match of Group B. Iran will compete in their third World Cup and, after enjoying a three-match unbeaten run of late, they will hope to cause England problems, with the Three Lions without a win in six.

Gareth Southgate will be without Kyle Walker due to injury, while James Maddison is doubtful as he tries to shake off a leg problem.

England should still have enough quality in the tank to beat Iran, and the Three Lions are 8/5 to win and for the match to contain under 2.5 goals.

Tuesday 22nd November

Cricket: Wounded England eager to prove a point

What: Australia vs England

Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

When: 03:20, Tuesday 22nd November 2022

How to watch: BT Sport 1

Odds: Australia 8/15, England 6/4

England will have nothing but pride to play for when they face Australia in the third and final one-day international in Melbourne.

Steve Smith's 94 on Saturday put Australia in command, and they beat England by 72 runs to secure the series with only Tuesday's game remaining.

Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Marsh made 58 and 50, respectively, to help Australia take control, and England will want to restore some pride just a week after winning the T20 World Cup Down Under.

Smith is 10/3 to finish as Australia's top batter for the second match running.

Wednesday 23rd November

Football: Germany can silence their doubters

What: Germany v Japan

Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

When: 13:00, Wednesday 23rd November

How to watch: ITV1

Odds: Germany 1/2, Draw 16/5, Japan 6/1

Questions are already being asked of Germany's squad for the World Cup, and Hansi Flick's side will get the chance to silence their doubters when they take on Japan in Al Rayyan.

Joachim Low was unable to stop Germany from finishing bottom of their group in Russia in 2018, so Germany need to show signs of improvement this time around.

Flick left Mats Hummels at home after naming his final squad for Qatar, and he will hope his young squad can handle the occasion. Germany are 13/8 to win to nil, while they are 11/1 to win the tournament.

Thursday 24th November

Football: Favourites Brazil ready to showcase their skills

What: Brazil v Serbia

Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

When: 19:00, Thursday 24th November 2022

How to watch: BBC1

Odds: Brazil 4/9, Draw 10/3, Serbia 6/1

After being named as the pre-tournament favourites, all eyes will be on Brazil as Tite's side prepare to face Serbia in Group G.

A Selecao's squad has plenty of depth in all areas, with the likes of Neymar, Richarlison, Raphinha and Vinicius Junior all battling for a place in the final third for Brazil.

Brazil are in the hunt for their sixth World Cup trophy in Qatar, but the draw for the group stages was not that kind to them. After their clash with Serbia, they face Switzerland and Cameroon, but they should still start the tournament with a win due to an injury to Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Fulham ace is not fully fit ahead of Thursday's battle, and if he is not firing on all cylinders, Serbia should struggle to score. Brazil are 13/2 to win 2-0, while they are 5/4 to win to nil.

Friday 25th November

Football: England face potential banana skin against USA

What: England v USA

Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

When: 19:00, Friday 25th November 2022

How to watch: ITV1

Odds: England 4/7, Draw 14/5, USA 19/4

The United States team will do all they can to cause an upset in Al Khor when they face England in Group B.

The two sides last met at a World Cup in 2010, and neither side could grab the win in a 1-1 draw.

England prevailed in a 3-0 success during the last meeting between the pair in 2018, but Gregg Berhalter's side will be desperate to secure a result against the favourites for Group B.

Both teams to score is available at 21/20, while England are 8/1 to win from behind.

Saturday 26th November

Rugby Union: England hoping to build on dramatic draw

What: England v South Africa

Where: Twickenham

When: 17:30, Saturday 26th November

How to watch: Amazon Prime

Odds: England 8/11, Draw 20/1, South Africa 6/5

England will look to build on their incredible 25-25 draw against New Zealand when they face South Africa on Saturday.

Eddie Jones' side scored three tries in the final eight minutes to salvage something from their match on home soil.

After successive defeats, South Africa bounced back in style to beat Italy 63-21, but they will need to be at their best to stop England, who should now be full of confidence.

England are 1/1 to cover the -2 handicap, while they are 4/5 to score the first try.

Sunday 27th November

Football: Blockbuster tussle on the cards in Group E

What: Spain v Germany

Where: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

When: 19:00, Sunday 27th November

How to watch: BBC1

Odds: Spain 6/4, Draw 23/10, Germany 17/10

The two biggest teams in Group E meet in Doha, where the winner will fancy their chances of topping the group.

Spain appear to be a lot more settled under Luis Enrique than Germany do under Flick, and they also have the confidence that they can overcome their opponents.

La Roja are unbeaten in three against Germany, including a 6-0 victory in the Nations League in November 2020. A Spain win and both teams to score appeals at 4/1, and readers should enjoy a superb battle between two of the best teams in Europe.

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