Hockey World Cup 2018, Quarterfinal 1: Argentina vs England - Preview, Prediction, Telecast, Date, Start time and Where to Watch online
The competition will be fierce as we near the quarterfinal stage of the 2018 Hockey World Cup. The first quarterfinal will be played between Argentina and England.
The two teams have had fairly contrasting campaigns. Argentina finished at the top of Pool A with six points.
The Rio Olympics gold medalists defeated Spain 4-3 in the first league match and New Zealand 3-0 in the second.
However, Los Leones faltered against the lowest ranked team in the competition -- France -- in their third and final league game and lost 5-3. Yet six points were enough to see them through straight to the quarterfinal stage.
Agustín Mazzilli, Lucas Martínez Ruiz, and Gonzalo Peillat are the three players to watch out for in the match against England.
They have performed well in the competition so far but will need to bring out their absolute best as England is bound to give them tough competition.
England, on the other hand, started with a 2-2 draw against China and went on to lose their second league match 0-3 to Australia.
However, Danny Kerry and his troops really gained confidence after the 4-2 win against the Irish in their third and final league game.
The English players were at their best during the crossover match against the Black Sticks -- New Zealand -- and went on to win 2-0 to enter the quarterfinals.
Gleghorne, Liam Ansell, Condon, Will Calnan, Barry Middleton, and Phil Roper are some of the players who can give German Orozco's boys a hard time on the field as they all are looking in great form.
Here is all you need to know about the upcoming match between Argentina and England:
Event: Men's Hockey World Cup 2018
Venue: Bhubaneswar, India
Date: 12 December 2018
Time: 4:45 pm Indian Standard Time (IST)
India: Star Sports, Star Sports HD
UK: BT Sport
Australia: Fox Sports
New Zealand: Sky Sports (NZ)
South Africa: SuperSport
Live Streaming: Hotstar, FIH Official Youtube Channel
Live Updates: Sportskeeda
Out of the seven matches the two teams have clashed in since 2013, four were won by Argentina while three were draws.
However, in World Cups, the two teams have met eight times and England went on to win three of the matches, three ended in a stalemate, and Argentina had the upper hand in two of them.
Even though Argentina faced a setback in the match against France, they are expected to bounce back strongly and win the match against England. It is sure to be a close-knit game.
Score Prediction: Argentina 3 - 2 England