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06 Dec 2018, 16:59 IST

Team England
Workforce England

After two video games every performed by the Pool B groups, Eire are on the third spot whereas England are on the backside place. Contemplating that England are at the moment ranked seventh as per FIH and in addition the 2nd highest ranked group within the pool after Australia (rank 1), it is going to be nothing lower than tragic if they don’t make it to even the crossover levels. 

The English group locked horns with World Cup debutants China of their first match of the match. They have been shocked by the spirited show by the Chinese language and the match led to a 2-2 draw – the match which ought to have been a routine win for Danny Kerry’s troops. 

Subsequent up, the George Pinner-led facet confronted the defending World Champions Australia. Phil Roper, Liam Ansell, and Barry Middleton have been simply terrific on the sphere and made some stunning runs and displayed riveting stickwork. Nevertheless, their exploits weren’t adequate to information their group to victory. The Kookaburras gained the match 3-Zero after quickfire targets within the ultimate quarter Whetton, Govers, and Weyer. 

Ireland's Alan Sothern celebrates after scoring his teams' solitary goal against China
Eire’s Alan Sothern celebrates after scoring his groups’ solitary purpose towards China

Eire, then again, went down preventing towards Australia and misplaced their opening fixture 1-2 to the heavyweights of hockey. Captain David Harte was simply chic beneath the helmet and rescued the Irish on a number of events. Nevertheless, a flurry of assaults finally helped the Kookaburras discover the essential breakthroughs. 

Their subsequent match towards China led to a 1-1 draw. Alan Sothern scored for the Irish however the Inexperienced Machine could be extremely upset that they might solely discover the again of the web solely as soon as regardless of having eight pictures on purpose and making a whopping 27 circle penetrations. 

Out of the 12 instances the 2 groups have met earlier than, England have gained 7, Eire have gained 4, and one match led to a draw. 

Right here is all it is advisable to know concerning the upcoming match between England and Eire:

Occasion: Males’s Hockey World Cup 2018

Venue: Bhubaneswar, India

Date: 7 December 2018

Time: 7:00 pm Indian Normal Time (IST)


India: Star Sports activities, Star Sports activities HD

UK: BT Sport

Australia: Fox Sports activities

Spain: Eurosport

New Zealand: Sky Sports activities (NZ)

Argentina: ESPN

South Africa: SuperSport

Dwell Streaming: Hotstar, FIH Official Youtube Channel

Dwell Updates: Sportskeeda


The outcomes of the earlier two matches have put England in a reasonably difficult state of affairs. Eire isn’t any weak group that can enable England a snug win. Reasonably, Alexander Cox’s boys are certain to go for the win themselves so as to safe a spot to the knockout levels.

The match ending in a draw wouldn’t assist the case of both group except Australia thrashes China with a distinction of at the very least Four targets within the different Pool B fixture. 

Issues will warmth up as that is the battle of survival and each England and Eire are anticipated to come back out all weapons blazing once they step on the sphere on the Kalinga Stadium at Bhubaneshwar. 

England’s place within the pool doesn’t justify the truth that their gamers have carried out effectively and have been unfortunate to not discover the breakthroughs. The George Pinner-led facet is more likely to win the match towards Eire with a slender margin. 

Rating Prediction: England 3-2 Eire

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