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Tuesday's Sport: Croatia bid for Final spot

The World Cup semi-final between Argentina and Croatia will be making all the sporting headlines on Tuesday but there is also plenty of EFL Trophy and National League football to look forward to.

Despite the wintry weather, the horse racing meetings on the all-weather tracks at Southwell and Wolverhampton are scheduled to take place, while snooker's English Open continues in Essex.

World Cup: Can Croatia continue remarkable run?

What: Argentina v Croatia
Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
When: 19:00, Tuesday 13th December
How to watch: BBC One
Odds: Argentina 3/4, Draw 23/10, Croatia 9/2

Croatia have the opportunity to knock Argentina out of the World Cup on Tuesday and reach the final for a second successive tournament.

It is an incredible achievement for a small country that has thrived on being the underdogs in world football since being re-admitted to FIFA as an independent country in 1992.

A run to the quarter-finals of Euro '96 was followed by a third-placed finish at the World Cup two years later and Croatia have been a force to be reckoned with ever since.

Often written off as being too old and over-reliant on the talents of Luka Modric, Croatia have once again shown that they should never be under-estimated and their quarter-final triumph against Brazil showed they have all the grit and determination needed to go all the way in Qatar. Croatia are 15/2 to Win The World Cup Outright.

Bet on the World Cup winner 

It is only three weeks since Argentina were humbled by Saudi Arabia but they are now just one match away from a sixth appearance in the World Cup final.

Lionel Messi, 6/4 to Score At Anytime against Croatia, remains Argentina’s main match-winner and he could prove to be the difference in what is sure to be a tight encounter.

An Argentina Win After Penalties can be backed at 17/2.

Cowley's Pompey seek progress

What: Portsmouth v Stevenage, EFL Trophy
Where: Fratton Park, Portsmouth
When: 19:00, Tuesday 13th December
Odds: Portsmouth 19/20, Draw 12/5, Stevenage 12/5

Two form teams meet at Fratton Park hoping to progress to the next stage of the EFL Trophy.

League One Pompey beat Ipswich Town 2-0 in the round of 32 after they had finished second in the group stage of the EFL Trophy, while Stevenage triumphed in all three of their group contests before beating Arsenal’s Under-21 side in the last round.

Danny Cowley's Portsmouth side saw their nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions come to an end when they lost 2-0 to Wycombe Wanderers earlier this month but they are eighth in League One and in contention for a play-off spot this term.

Stevenage are going well in League Two under the vastly experienced Steve Evans and are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions.

They are second in League Two and thrashed Barrow 5-0 earlier this month before drawing 0-0 with Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Stevenage can be backed at 2/7 To Be Promoted from League Two this season.

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