Hockey World Cup Betting Update: India begins men’s hockey WC against Spain

Hockey World Cup Betting Update India begins men's hockey WC against Spain

India, who will be hosting the event, will play a team with a lower ranking in the first game of the men’s Hockey World Cup, which will take place on January 13, 2019, at the newly constructed Birsa Munda International Stadium in Rourkela. The game will be hosted by India. India is currently ranked fifth in the world in the FIH rankings after winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. They are placed in pool D with England (ranked sixth), Spain (ranked eighth), and Wales (ranked sixteen), who are making their first appearance in the World Cup.

India’s second match, which will be played against England on January 15, will also take place in Rourkela. After that, Team India will travel to the state capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, where they will play their final group match on January 19 against Team Wales.

Australia, the current world number one, won the bronze medal at the most recent World Cup in 2018, and they are the team to beat in Pool A. They are drawn along with Argentina, France, and South Africa, the champions of the African continent in 2016, as part of the pool.

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Belgium, the current holders of the World Championship, are the top seed. They will compete in Pool B alongside the winners of the tournament in 2006, Germany, Korea, and Japan. Belgium is currently in second place, while Germany is in fourth place.

The Netherlands, who finished in second place in the previous tournament and are currently ranked third in the world, will compete in Pool C alongside the Oceania representative New Zealand, Malaysia, who are participating in their ninth World Cup, and debutants Chile.

Argentina, who won the hockey tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will play South Africa on the first day of the tournament at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, while World No. 1 Australia will play France on the same day. The schedule was released on Tuesday by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

The tournament will get underway in Rourkela with England playing Wales in the first game, while the start time for India’s game is 7:00 pm India Standard Time (IST).

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