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Commonwealth Games 2010: Form guide - hockey

England's players celebrate winning bronze at the World Cup
England's players celebrate winning bronze at the World Cup

Tickets for the hockey tournament are among the most popular for Indians despite the fact their men's team is yet to win a Commonwealth Games medal.

Current form suggests little will change in Delhi and India go into the tournament as the sixth-best nation in the 10-team event according to the world rankings.

Australia are the hot favourites. They won the World Cup in Delhi earlier this year and have won all three gold medals since hockey was introduced to the Games in 1998. They have tasted defeat only once - in a 1998 pool match against South Africa.

Joining them in Pool A are Pakistan and India, who will play each other in a match that could decide who goes through to the semi-finals.

Scotland are the lowest-ranked team in the group while Malaysia have already said they are using this competition as a build-up for November's Asian Games where the winners automatically qualify for the London Olympics.

World Cup semi-finalists England are the second-best ranked team in the tournament and have real medal hopes but must negotiate a potentially tricky Pool B with New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Trinidad & Tobago.

A slip-up against the handy Black Sticks, or Canadians, who are also ranked in the world's top 10 could lead to them finishing second in the group and facing a semi-final against likely Pool A winners Australia.

In the women's competition,England go to Delhi as the top nation in terms of world ranking. An outstanding bronze at September's World Cup makes them favourites for gold. The team has won two silvers and one bronze at the three previous tournaments.

Scotland and Wales face tough asks as the seventh and 10th best teams in the 10-team tournament. Wales play the first match of the competition against New Zealand.

Australia are the defending champions, having beaten India in the Melbourne final four years ago. In fact, their only Commonwealth Games defeat came at the hands of England in the 2002 semi-final.

The form book points to an England v Australia final, but India will be looking to avenge their loss in the 2006 final.



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