It is set to be another action-packed week of sport, with the football World Cup among a plethora of highlights.
There are also notable events in cricket and horse racing, while the European rugby union tournaments kick off in the first round of a double-header taking place over the next fortnight.
What: Brazil v South Korea
Where: Stadium 974, Doha
When: 19:00, Monday 5th December
How to watch: ITV
The fifth and sixth round of last 16 games of the World Cup take place on Monday, with Brazil facing South Korea in Doha at 19:00.
Brazil topped Group G and rested several stars for their closing 1-0 defeat to Cameroon, and their big stars should return on Monday against the Taeguk Warriors who upset Portugal to knock out Uruguay.
The winners of that match will take on the victors of the 15:00 game, which sees Japan take on Croatia in Al Wakrah, as the runners-up from four years ago face the Samurai Blue, who have remarkably beaten both Germany and Spain but lost to Costa Rica at this tournament so far.
Meanwhile, Vatreni were second to Morocco in Group F, and the way they frustrated Belgium in their final pool match suggests they are primed for the knockout rounds.
What: Morocco v Spain
Where: Education City Stadium
When: 15:00, Tuesday 6th December
How to watch: ITV
The final batch of last 16 matches takes place on Tuesday with the 15:00 kick off seeing the surprise winners of Group F, Morocco, face 2010 champions Spain.
Around eight miles by sea separates the two countries, and there is likely to be local rivalry at play when the pair clash in Al Rayyan.
The other match sees Portugal take on Switzerland, with every knockout match the European Selecao take part set to be billed as potentially Cristiano Ronaldo's last hurrah at the World Cup.
Ronaldo is 7/4 in the Anytime market to net at the Lusail Stadium, but Switzerland have recent history on their side, having won the pair's most recent meeting in June 1-0 thanks to Haris Seferovic's first-minute strike.
What: Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI
Where: The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
When: 06:00, Wednesday 7th December
After Sunday's dramatic opener, Bangladesh and India continue their rivalry in Mirpur on Wednesday with the tourists trailing 1-0.
A five-for from Shakib Al Hasan and four wickets from Ebadot Hossain helped the hosts restrict India to just 186, but Bangladesh made hard work of their reply, eventually sneaking home by a wicket.
Expect another tight tussle when they resume in Mirpur, with India looking to level the series heading into Saturday's decider in Chattogram.
What: Alfred Dunhill Championship
Where: Leopard Creek CC
When: Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th December
There is more South Africa action on the DP World Tour this week, with the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the agenda.
The event is always played at Leopard Creek CC which borders the Kruger National Park and, as the name suggests, there is always plenty of wildlife on show.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout is the defending champion, having won the tournament the last time it was played in 2020.
As ever, you can follow all of the action on bet365's Live Golf Tracker.
Nathan Lyon's second innings haul of 6-128 saw Australia secure a 164-run win in the first Test against West Indies in Perth, and the pair resume hostilities on Thursday in Adelaide.
Despite the size of the victory, the tourists showed spirit, with Kraigg Brathwaite's second-innings century suggesting there is more to come.
The pair drew their last Test in Adelaide in 2009 when three final-day wickets from Dwanye Bravo frustrated the hosts.
What: Netherlands v Argentina
Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
When: 19:00, Friday 9th December
How to watch: BBC One
Two great World Cup rivals meet at the Lusail Stadium on Friday as the Netherlands take on Argentina.
The pair famously met in the final in 1978, the last eight in 1998, and the semis in 2014, and always play out tactically intriguing clashes.
How Louis van Gaal chooses to try and minimise the effect that Lionel Messi, 7/2 for the Golden Ball, can have on the game could define the fixture.
That match takes place at 19:00, with the 15:00 fixture set to see either Japan or Croatia facing the winners of the contest between Brazil and South Korea.
It was a batter's paradise as England and Pakistan kicked off their historic Test series in Rawalpindi and, while purists may want more of the same, more casual fans may want a bit more.
That's not to say there was no entertainment, with England's batting on the first day undoubtedly impressive.
It will all depend on the wicket in Multan, with the spinners likely to come into their own as the second of three matches go on.
There is a different start day for this week's PGA Tour event, with the 54-hole QBE Shootout starting on Friday.
Jason Kokrak and Kevin Na are expected to return to defend their title in the almost unique pairs event, but the duo to watch could be three-time winners Harris English and Matt Kuchar.
The nature of that tournament often means it is played with an extra feelgood factor, and you can follow all the goings-on at Tiburon Golf Club through bet365's Live Golf Tracker.
What: bet365 Festive Christmas Jumpers Raceday
Where: Doncaster racecourse, South Yorkshire
When: 11.45 to 3.15, Saturday 10th December
bet365 Festive Christmas Jumpers Raceday at Doncaster is the highlight of Saturday's racing.
There are seven races on Town Moor, with the first off at 11.45 and the last 3.15.
The Grade 2 Summit Juvenile Hurdle and the Grade 2 December Novice Chase, both sponsored by bet365, are the headliners on what is always a fascinating day of racing.
There are also seven contests at Cheltenham, including the International Hurdle at 2.25.
Saturday also sees the second batch of quarter-finals played in Qatar.
The winners of matches 59 and 60 will meet at Al Khor on 14th December, with the winner heading to the Lusail for the final on the 18th while, for the loser, they will have to settle for the third-place play-off 24 hours earlier.
While the opening match takes place on Friday, the Champions Cup begins in earnest on Saturday with seven fixtures.
History will also be made with the South African teams from the United Rugby Championship set to compete for the first time. The Sharks face Harlequins at 13:00, while the Bulls meet Lyon at 17:30.
Josh Warrington puts his IBF featherweight title on the line against Mexico's Luis Alberto Lopez in front of his hometown crowd in Leeds.
The 32-year-old regained the belt in March against Kiko Martinez and, despite being 4/7 to win, will need to be at his best against Lopez, who has a professional record of 26-2 and makes his European debut.
What: QPR v Burnley
Where: Loftus Road
When: 13:00, Sunday 11th December
How to watch: Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event
The Championship returns in earnest over the weekend and two of the standout matches are reserved for Sunday.
Leaders Burnley signed off for the World Cup break with a 3-0 win over Lancashire rivals Blackburn and now take on play-off hopefuls QPR at 13:00. QPR are set to start a new chapter following the departure of manager Michael Beale to Scottish giants Rangers.
Then at 15:00, Watford will hope to boost their automatic hopes and are 8/13 to get the points against a Hull side struggling towards the foot of the table.
Leicester and Sale also take to the field against Ospreys and Ulster, respectively, but the game of the day could come at Thomond Park, where old rivals Munster and Toulouse clash at 15:15.