With India’s World Cup on the horizon, here’s everything you need to know about the big event from around the world.
WHO IS IN CONTROL?
India’s team is set to face Australia in the World Cup semi-finals, which will be held in the Australian capital Sydney.
The game will kick off at 3pm (AEDT).
But there are no guarantees as Australia have only won the last two games, and they haven’t won a series against the hosts.
The Aussies will be without their captain Michael Clarke, who was knocked out with an injury in the first round.
Their best player, skipper and captain Suliasi Vunivalu, has also been ruled out with a hamstring strain.
Australia’s last two matches have gone to extra time, with the series being tied at 1-1 in extra time.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
There is no guarantee of a win for either side, with both sides having dominated the game in recent weeks.
However, it will be the best team in the tournament and the Aussys are likely to be in a position to claim a semi-final berth, given they have won all four games against India in this tournament.
WHEN WILL THE GAME START?
Australia and India will meet at 3:00pm (Local) on Thursday, May 15.
Australia will be hosting Australia and India in a match that is expected to kick off after 3pm, while India will be playing at the same time in a game that will kick-off at 5:30pm.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE AUSIES?
India will be competing in the second-tier AFC Champions League in their final group game, with their remaining games against Brazil and France being played at the AISB.
WHEN IS THE WORLD CUP PLAYING?
India has a total of 10 matches in the quarter-finals.
They face France in the group stages, Brazil in the semi-finals, Brazil and Argentina in the final, Brazil again in the fourth-place play-off, and the Netherlands in the fifth-place final.
HOW DOES THE AUSTRALIA TEAM LOOK?
The Aussians are likely favourites to qualify for the semi finals.
They have a huge lead in the table, having won the series against Brazil in a dramatic semi-series in September.
They also have the best defensive record in the competition, having conceded just 13 goals in their last three matches.
However their biggest weakness is in attack, where they have conceded 15 goals in six games, making them one of the most defensively-challenged teams in the world, according to stats site StatsZone.
WHO WILL BE PLAYING IN THE AUSSIES’ LAST TWO ODDS?
Australia’s only game of the round will be against the Netherlands on Thursday night.
The two teams have met in the previous two rounds of the World Cups, with Australia winning 2-1 on penalties in the last game.
HOW MUCH WILL IT MATTER THAT THE ARABIC OIL COMPANY IS BACKED BY AUSTRIA?
The Australians are the only team in this group to have won the World Series in both 2017 and 2018.
They are favourites to win this year’s tournament, as they have been the best side in the Asian country for most of the tournament.
HOW WILL WE GET OUR FIRST WINS?
The winner of the first-leg of the finals will be crowned the champion of the world’s largest footballing nation.
Australia have secured their spot in the finals by winning the last three games of the group stage, with only the Dutch losing to Brazil in extra-time.
The Netherlands have also been eliminated from the semi final stage.
WHERE ARE THE TEAMS GOING TO PLAY?
Australia are in the strongest position of all teams in this competition, with a total victory in their remaining four matches.
They will face Brazil in their next game.
WHAT IS THE LEADING AUSIANS’ RATING?
India are averaging 6.17 points per game, and are second in the ICC rankings.
Their record against the Aussie team is 2-0.
WHAT ABOUT THE CANADIAN TEAM?
Australia have won four games in a row, including a 4-1 thrashing in Adelaide last weekend.
They boast a 2-2 record against India, who have been a tough test match for Australia.
CAN AUSTERAS WIN THE AGGREGATE?
No, Australia have not won the tournament in more than two years.
CAN AN AUSTRAIAN WIN THE WORLD’S LARGEST FOOTBALL EVENT?
The last time the two sides played was in 2014.
CAN THE AUGUSTAAN TEAM WIN THE PAST?
Yes, Australia will win this tournament, despite losing to a poor South