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Tuesday's Sport: Quartet of delights at the World Cup

Tuesday's sporting action will be dominated by the World Cup with four matches set to take place in Qatar as the likes of Argentina, France and Denmark get their campaigns underway.

The tournament is beginning to gather pace with England and Wales having already played their opening matches, while it will be the turns of Groups C and D to take centre stage on Tuesday.

Messi and co in action

What: Argentina v Saudi Arabia

Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail

When: 10:00, Tuesday 22nd November

How to watch: ITV1

Odds: Argentina 1/6, Draw 13/2, Saudi Arabia 14/1

Two-time winners Argentina are being tipped to go far at this year's World Cup and Lionel Messi and co will certainly not expect any slip-ups when they take on Saudi Arabia in their Group C opener.

La Albiceleste are the form team heading into this year's tournament, as they have not tasted defeat across their last 36 matches and, if they avoid a loss against Saudi Arabia, then they will equal the all-time record for the longest unbeaten run in men's international football.

Lionel Scaloni's side certainly appear well-placed to achieve that feat at odds of 1/6 and they will be facing a Saudi Arabia side that have only won one match on their last four appearances at the World Cup finals.

It would be no surprise to see Paris Saint-Germain ace Messi get on the scoresheet as well. The 35-year-old is featuring at his fifth World Cup and is priced at 8/13 to be an anytime scorer in Lusail.

Danes looking to live up to dark horse tag

What: Denmark v Tunisia

Where: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

When: 13:00, Tuesday 22nd November

How to watch: ITV1

Odds: Denmark 9/20, Draw 16/5, Tunisia 7/1

Denmark are being talked up as potential dark horses in Qatar after their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and Kasper Hjulmand's side will fancy their chances of opening their Group D campaign with a victory over Tunisia.

Confidence should certainly be high within the Danish camp following recent home and away victories over group rivals France in the UEFA Nations League and they are priced at 9/20 to open their World Cup campaign with a victory.

Tunisia have never made it beyond the group stage in five previous appearances at the World Cup finals and the north Africans are not expected to end that wait in Qatar.

A 5-1 friendly loss to Brazil in September underlined the gap between Tunisia and the world's best sides, with the Eagles of Carthage priced at 7/1 to spring a surprise in Al Rayyan.

Pivotal clash already in Doha

What: Mexico v Poland

Where: Stadium 974, Doha

When: 16:00, Tuesday 22nd November

How to watch: BBC1

Odds: Mexico 7/4, Draw 2/1, Poland 15/8

With Argentina expected to dominate Group C and Saudi Arabia likely to struggle, it could well be between Mexico and Poland for second spot in the section, which makes their opening clash at Stadium 974 all the more crucial.

Mexico are specialists at getting out of their group, as they have reached the last 16 at each of the last seven World Cups, and they are 7/4 to open their campaign with a victory.

It is 36 years since Poland last reached the knockout stages of the World Cup, but the European outfit do have a not-so-secret weapon up their sleeve in Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski, who has never scored at the finals but can be backed at 7/4 to break that duck against Mexico.

Injury-stricken France get their campaign underway

What: France v Australia

Where: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

When: 19:00, Tuesday 22nd November

How to watch: BBC1

Odds: France 2/7, Draw 9/2, Australia 10/1

Defending champions France have seen their preparations for the World Cup hit by a number of injury blows, with the likes of Karim Benzema, Christopher Nkunku, N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba all missing the tournament due to fitness issues.

Eduardo Camavinga and Raphael Varane are also injury doubts for France's Group D opener against Australia, but Les Bleus remain 2/7 favourites to open their campaign with a victory.

Australia lost 2-1 to France at the 2018 World Cup and it is now 12 years since the Socceroos last tasted a victory at the finals.

It is difficult to see Graham Arnold's side ending that wait on Tuesday, even against a depleted French outfit, with an Australia win available to back at 10/1.

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