Germany’s hopes of making the quarter-finals were dealt a blow when their unbeaten record was ended in spectacular fashion by Canada and they now face another tough test with USA lying in wait.
Austria are still in relegation danger having failed to win a single game so far and will need some points from their final two games to ensure their safety. Czech Republic on the other hand look set for a spot in the quarter-finals and can confirm their place with a win here.
Novak Djokovic will have to overcome old foe Rafael Nadal to make it back-to-back Masters titles in what should be a thrilling final in Rome. Nadal is competing in his first clay final of 2019 as he finally starts to find some form ahead of Roland Garros and can edge this one.
Much will depend on the two teams’ selections coming into this game but England clearly have the edge over the tourists in this series as they sit in an unassailable 3-0 position coming into this final ODI at Headingley.
Ireland will be hoping to put a dent in Afghanistan’s World Cup preparations as they look to overcome their own woes following the Tri-Nations series with Bangladesh and West Indies in which they failed to win a game.
St. George lost for the third game running but will be bitterly disappointed with the manner in which they went down to New Zealand Warriors after they had a healthy half-time lead. They now host a Newcastle side starting to click into gear after three straight wins and can make it four here.
Both of these teams are suffering badly with injuries with both missing key men and it could get worse for Cronulla if prop Andrew Fifita fails to prove his fitness. Manly have been boosted by the return of several players but are still missing two crucial parts of their spine.
Novak Djokovic’s hopes of back-to-back Masters titles looked to be on shaky ground when facing Juan Martin del Potro but he kept his cool to save two match points before sealing the win in the third set. He will now face Diego Schwartzman who will believe he can get the better of the Serbian.
Denmark face USA in a crucial match that could determine their fate in the competition. The United States currently occupy the fourth and final qualifying spot and sit three points ahead of the Danes with a loss here likely to end Denmark’s hopes of making the quarter-finals.
Russia were far too good for Italy in their last match and despite all but ensuring they progress to the quarter-finals, they can make sure of it with a win over Latvia. The Russians will be looking for a fourth straight shutout victory as they bid to maintain their 100% record.
Unbeaten Germany face a huge test of their credentials here as they face Canada in an intriguing match-up. Canada have won three in a row since they were defeated by Finland in their opening game but need a win here to ensure they stay in touch with the top two in Group A.
Norway won their first match of the tournament with a solid victory over Austria and will be confident of going back-to-back as they face Italy who are still yet to even register a single goal.
Slovakia have it all to do to make the quarter-finals in the tournament that they are hosting but a win over Great Britain will keep things interesting in the race for the top four.
This is a crucial match in Group B as unbeaten Switzerland face their toughest test yet against reigning champions Sweden. The Swedes have improved since their shock opening match defeat and look a real threat in front of goal but will have to be at their best to win this one.