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England vs Czech Republic: Gareth Southgate remains calm with real tension for Three Lions off the pitch

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Southgate’s side have cruised through qualification with discussion this week focused on issues off the pitch

If the path to Euro 2020 has been relatively straightforward for England, to the point that they could well achieve qualification in Prague against Czech Republic on Friday with two games to spare, the question that dominated the build-up to that game was anything but.

Gareth Southgate had a lot of obstacles to navigate – and somehow did so smoothly, even for him.

The England manager was naturally asked about racist abuse directed towards his players, and had to portray that they would in fact be following Uefa protocol and not walking off as Tammy Abraham suggested, protect the young striker, smooth relations with the Bulgarian federation and also offer a typically strong stance on the entire subject.

He managed it all.

The week had kicked off with Borislav Mikhaylov – the Bulgarian Football Union president and USA 94 hero – complaining that England talking about potential racist abuse in his country was “derogatory”, and Abraham saying he would walk off.

“Well, firstly, the most important thing for me was that all of the players and all of the staff know that they’re supported, that we’re together on every issue moving forward and then of course, inevitably, because we’ve suffered a situation in Montenegro, we wanted to be clear what might happen if something happened in the future.

“We’re very clear on that, there is of course the UEFA process and we need to have faith in that process. Recently, a game was stopped in Italy because of that and then everything else is hypothetical because we don’t know the situation that we’ll be in as a team, or that I’ll be in as a manager. But, we’re very clear in terms of all of the staff, what would need to happen. We want the players to be able to concentrate on football. They want to be judged on their football and what I’ve got to do is provide a safe and secure environment to play.”

It was put to him that Abraham’s view ran contrary to this.

“I think what we would experience, as a group, over the next few days are a huge number of questions and anybody that gets one slight nuance that’s adrift of the general feeling and what was discussed as a group is going to be flagged as a possible disagreement. That’s absolutely not the case. Everybody is very clear. I’m so conscious, the most important thing for me, my players are being put in very difficult situations every time they’re questioned on the subject. You feel that one word out of place, one incorrect phrasing leads to possible problems that could be flagged towards another team, made to make a story towards another team or potentially made to look as if there’s a split or a disagreement within our camp.

“We’re 100% united on how we see things. As I say, I want the players to be able to concentrate on football. I would be surprised if there’s ever been a team that’s as well-prepared over the last two years for anything as our team. And I think the players also, at the same time, have the right to have a voice and to speak their mind openly, and I encourage them to do that because we have a chance to make a difference on a very important topic as well. But, my priority is creating the environment that they feel, going into any match, they can focus on football and each other and be judged on that.”

Lastly, and arguably most impressively, there was the manner he smoothed things with Bulgaria ahead of Monday’s visit.

“I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked by you guys. That will then be relayed however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table. So, if I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does. We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.

“I think both countries would have a strong desire for that and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own. What happened in Hartlepool a couple of weeks ago [where Dover players] were subjected to racist abuse] was probably worse than things I’ve seen or heard about in many other countries in the world. So, I think we have to be very careful in how we cover everything.”

Serious as the subject is, it says much about how forgiving the entire group has been for England as a team that it was given such prominence, especially since most of the discussion concerned the second game in this two-header.

The tension that should have been reserved for a night that could clinch qualification was instead about the possibility of incidents like that, and to a lesser extent the prospect for trouble with up to 5,000 England fans travelling to a famous stag-party destination on a Friday night.

The reality is that the group has been very easy for Southgate’s side, and they have already put nine past their next two opponents – two previous giants of the European game – in their last two games.

The England manager did not feel the 5-0 at Wembley in March against Czech Republic was a fair reflection.

“Although we played well, the scoreline probably flattered us a bit, so we know tomorrow will be a tough game for us but a good challenge and one that we know if we get the right result, we can qualify for the European Championship, so it’s a game with high motivation for us.”

It is not a game of high intrigue, though.

Southgate’s opportunity to experiment has been curtailed by the illness to James Maddison.

His potential inclusion – and what would have been a first cap – offered the main selection intrigue to this game. As it is, we’re likely to see a similar midfield to usual, and it is highly unlikely that Harry Kane will be replaced by Tammy Abraham in the starting line-up – regardless of their finishing form right now.

Even the question over whether Jadon Sancho will be picked over Marcus Rashford seems less important, because of the drastic difference in form between the two.

It is thereby a weekend that is unlikely to provoke too many discussions on the pitch.

Off it, however, could be a different matter.

That is where the real tension is, even as England face up to another qualification.

France vs Iceland

France vs Iceland: France will look to overtake Turkey at the top of the Group H standings as they lock horns with Iceland in Reykjavik on Friday.

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France will have a must-win game on their hands when they travel to Reykjavik on Friday to face Iceland in the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers. The world champions are trailing Turkey in the Group H standings, thanks to an inferior head to head record.

That means securing all three points could be necessary if they are to claim the top spot. But, at the same time, they will also hope that Turkey fall to Albania in the other fixture. Les Bleus are, however, coming on the back of wins against Andorra and Albania in their last two matches and will be full of confidence going into this game.

Iceland, meanwhile, are also challenging for the top two places that are up for grabs. And holding France to a draw at home this week could put them in a position where they could stretch the table till the final matchday. But, a win will nicely shape the balance of this group and put France in real danger of potentially losing out on the second place.

Therefore, this promises to be one of the most important matches in this week’s round of fixture, in the Euro 2020 qualifying stages. And here, at The Hard Tackle, we will take a look at the two sides as they go head to head on Friday evening.
Tactics & Team News
Iceland

Iceland coach Erik Hamren has been dealt with a huge blow as star midfielder Aron Gunnarson has been ruled out with an injury. His absence means Gylfi Sigurdsson will play in a deeper midfield role, trying to provide additional cover for Birkir Bjarnason and Runar Mar Sigurjonsson.

Nonetheless, Iceland are likely to employ a deep defensive block in an attempt to keep the mighty French attack at bay. The central defensive duo of Kari Arnason and Ragnar Sigurdsson will sit deep and will be supported by the two full-backs, Ari Freyr Skulason and Hjortur Hermannsson.

It will be interesting to see how France manage to evade Iceland’s second line of press as their midfielders are extremely athletic. The hosts are also known for their ability to remain compact and organised, making it difficult for the opposition to create passing channels in between the lines.

Meanwhile, in attack, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is tipped to start ahead of Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, having already netted three goals in the qualifying stages. Coach Hamren will soon have Alfred Finnbogason back in contention.

Elsewhere, Sigthorsson will be supported by the wide duo of Johann Gudmundsson and Arnor Igvir Traustason, though they are likely to operate in a deeper role.

Probable Lineup (4-4-1-1): Halldorsson; Hermannsson, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Skulason; Gudmundsson, Bjarnason, Sigurjonsson, Traustason; Sigurdsson; Sigthorsson

France

Didier Deschamps will continue to miss out on the services of Kylian Mbappe this week, while Hugo Lloris has been ruled out with a dislocated elbow. The Tottenham goalkeeper’s absence will pave the way for second choice Alphonso Areola to start in between the sticks.

Deschamps will have to make another forced changed in defence, with Leo Dubois injured. That means Benjamin Pavard will return to the starting lineup, with Lucas Digne starting on the opposite flank. The central defensive pairing will comprise of Raphael Varane and Clement Lenglet.

In midfield, the return of N’Golo Kante will be a massive boost for Les Blues this week. The Chelsea man is likely to get a berth in the starting lineup, at the expense of Moussa Sissoko. Kante will be partnered by Corentin Tolisso, who is still a valued member of the Bayern Munich midfield.

And finally, in attack, the absence of Mbappe means Olivier Giroud is once again in contention to lead the French attack. But, after starting the last game, the Chelsea star might settle for a place on the bench on this one. Alassane Plea is pushing for a start after helping Borussia Monchengladbach reach the top of the Bundesliga table.

He will be supported by the creative trio of Antoine Griezmann, Jonathan Ikone and Kingsley Coman. Thomas Lemar is also an option along with Wissam Ben Yedder.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Areola; Pavard, Varane, Lenglet, Digne; Kante, Tolisso; Ikone, Griezmann, Coman; Plea

Key Stats

France have scored at least three goals in 5 of their last six matches.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Iceland‘s last three games.
France have scored 11 goals in their last three matches – one more than what Iceland have managed in their six games.
Only England and Belgium have managed to score as many goals as France (19) in the qualifying stages.
France are yet to draw in any of their last ten international matches.

Player to Watch
Antoine Griezmann

With Kylian Mbappe once again ruled out with an injury, the onus will be on Griezmann to spearhead the French attack as they look to oust Iceland this week. Les Bleus have performed really well in front of goal, with the Barcelona star notably scoring two goals and registering five assists.

However, things could be tricky against an Iceland side who are known for their resilience at the back. That means Griezmann is bound to get isolated, and it is up to him to create space for himself, although a lot will depend on the quality of service he gets from his teammates.

Nonetheless, stopping Griezmann from making an impact will be the primary objective for the Iceland defenders this week.
Prediction
Iceland 1-3 France

The French defence has looked vulnerable at times, which could allow Iceland to nick a goal or two. But, the visitors’ sheer brilliance in front of goal, despite the unavailability of Kylian Mbappe could prove too much for the Nordic giants. Hence, we expect a comprehensive 3-1 win for France.

Czech Republic vs England

Czech Republic vs England live stream: England face the Czech Republic on Friday looking to confirm their place in Euro 2020 next summer.

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Gareth Southgate’s side currently sit at the top of group A, six points clear of the Czechs who sit in second place.

The two sides have already gone head-to-head this year, where England emerged with a resounding 5-0 victory.

But the Czechs have turned their score lines around since this meeting, winning three of their following four games and placing themselves second in Group A.

A second victory would leave the Three Lions untouchable; they would be six points clear, with Czech Republic only having two games remaining.

A second victory would leave the Three Lions untouchable; they would be six points clear, with Czech Republic only having two games remaining.

When is it?

Kick-off is at 7:45 PM BST on Friday 11th October
How can I watch it?

The match will be broadcast on ITV1.

You can also live stream the match via ITV HUB Live on a range of devices, including laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Team news

Southgate left many senior internationals, including Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of his squad for Friday’s game.

The England boss has instead chosen to play a younger side, with Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori set for their international debuts.

Fabian Delph has withdrawn from the England Squad and will miss the Euro 2020 qualifier due to a hamstring injury he picked up during Everton’s 1-0 Premier League loss at Burnley on Saturday.
Predicted line-up

Pickford, Chilwell, Maguire, Mings, Trippier, Henderson, Maddison, Mount. Sterling, Sancho, Kane
Odds

England are the favourites in this meeting with Paddy Power backing them 4/11.

If you predict a surprise defeat for England, a Czech Republic victory can be backed for odds of 6/1.

For a draw you can get odds of 4/1.
Prediction

The last time the two sides met, England dominated with a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic. The Czech side have been inconsistent in their five qualifier matches so far, picking up three wins and suffering two defeats whilst the Three Lions have a clean slate. But Jaroslav Silhavy’s side have won six of their last eight qualifiers on home soil, losing just once to Turkey in 2015, and the side will be looking to continue this which could make the clash hard for England.

England will win this game, and should dominate over the Czech Republic.

Portugal vs Luxembourg

Portugal vs Luxembourg: Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Portugal hosts Luxembourg for their next qualifier in the competition; read more to know the team news and where to watch the match

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Portugal will carry on their hunt to secure a spot for the Euro 2020 Championships when they will host Luxembourg in their fifth qualification match on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo’s side has earned eight points from the four games they have played so far and are currently second in the Group B points table. The team has shared the spoils with Ukraine and Serbia in their first two games. On the other hand, Luxembourg are ranked fourth with four points in five matches.

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Managed by Fernando Santos, Portugal will enter the game on a positive note with two wins in their last two games. These included a comfortable 4-2 away win against Serbia and a 5-1 win over Lithuania thanks to Ronaldo’s hat-trick. Ukraine will host Lithuania on Saturday and it looks like the hosts will grab an easy win, which makes it a must-win game for Portugal. Portugal and Lithuania will meet each other for the 16th time on Saturday with the Portuguese side having an upper hand with a 13-1 head-to-head

Portugal will carry on their hunt to secure a spot for the Euro 2020 Championships when they will host Luxembourg in their fifth qualification match on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo’s side has earned eight points from the four games they have played so far and are currently second in the Group B points table. The team has shared the spoils with Ukraine and Serbia in their first two games. On the other hand, Luxembourg are ranked fourth with four points in five matches.

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Managed by Fernando Santos, Portugal will enter the game on a positive note with two wins in their last two games. These included a comfortable 4-2 away win against Serbia and a 5-1 win over Lithuania thanks to Ronaldo’s hat-trick. Ukraine will host Lithuania on Saturday and it looks like the hosts will grab an easy win, which makes it a must-win game for Portugal. Portugal and Lithuania will meet each other for the 16th time on Saturday with the Portuguese side having an upper hand with a 13-1 head-to-head record.

Also Read | UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers: England, Germany And Qualification Status
When and where to watch

Date: October 12, 2019
Time: 12:15 am (IST)
Venue: José Alvalade Stadium
Where to watch: Sony Ten Network and SonyLIV

Portugal vs Luxembourg: Team news

Ronaldo is expected to be paired up with Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix in the attack, while Bruno Fernandes, William Carvalho and Ruben Never will be placed in the midfield of three. Mario Rui, Danilo Pereira and Nelson Semedo are expected to be included in the starting XI as well.

Maurice Deville can lead Luxembourg’s attack in the 4-5-2 formation alongside Aversion Rodrigues. Veteran Lars Krogh Gerson is also expected to start while teenager Leandro Barreiro can also make it to the line-up.

Also Read | Euro 2020 Qualifiers: England Take On Czech Republic
Portugal vs Luxembourg: Possible starting line-up

Portugal: Patricio, Semedo, Fonte, Dias, Guerreiro, Fernandes, Neves, Carvalho, Felix, Ronaldo, B Silva

Luxembourg: Moris, Jans, Chanot, Gerson, Carlson; V. Thill, Sinani, Barreiro, O. Thill, Rodrigues; Deville

Wallabies vs Georgia

Wallabies vs Georgia: Rugby World Cup 2019: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

Australia vs Georgia, both sides’ final Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D clash. Australia have already secured a spot in the quarter-finals, but a big win against Georgia will put pressure on Wales – Warren Gatland’s men will have to beat Uruguay on Sunday to top the pool. A win for Georgia will probably secure them third place, and automatic qualification for the 2023 World Cup in France.
When is it?

Friday October 11.
What time is kick-off?

A 10.15am BST start at the Shizuoka Stadium.
What TV channel is it on?

This one is on ITV4. You can also follow this game right here with Telegraph Sport.

What is the latest squad news?
Australia

Starting XV: Beale, Petaia, O’Connor, Kerevi, Koroibete; Toomua, White; Sio, Latu, Kepu; Rodda, Arnold; Dempsey, Pocock (c), Naisarani.
Replacements: Uelese, Slipper, Tupou, Coleman, Hooper, Genia, Lealiifano, Haylett-Petty.

Georgia

Starting XV: Matiashvili; Kveseladze, Kacharava, Sharikadze (c), Todua; Khmaladze, Aprasidze; Nariashvili, Mamukashvili, Gigashvili; Mikautadze, Nemsadze; Gorgadze, Gorgodze, Saginadze. Replacements: Bregvadze, Gogichashvili, Melikidze, Giorgadze, Tkhilaishvili, Lobzhanidze, Malaguradze, Mchedlidze.

What is the head-to-head record of both sides?

This is the first ever Test match between these two sides.

What are they saying?

Australia head coach Michael Cheika:

I know different teams have different strategies on how they want to approach it. Some want to go with the same players all the time, maybe rest out (players for easier games).

We feel like keeping players competing for spots is working for us. I think we’re playing some good footy and this is another chance for guys, who didn’t play in the last game, to do the same.

On Matt Toomua starting at fly-half:

I don’t think Christian’s [Lealiifano] done anything particularly deserving of saying ‘no you’re not going to play’. We’re just taking a look and understand that in tournament play you have the opportunity to change the picture a little bit.

This is how we think this squad [works] best, to keep giving opportunity to guys, keeping the contest alive, so if we do the right thing and get through to knockout stages, we know everyone has been doing their bit and we’ve got multiple options in different positions.

We don’t know what’s going to happen with anything along the way, with injury, suspension. We feel like we’re pretty clear with how we’re operating and it’s up to players then, on the field, to own that and say ‘you’ve got to pick me because I’m playing so good’.

Matt’s got a job to do for this weekend and after this weekend we’ll sit down and assess all the options.

Georgia head coach Martin Haig in the wake of his side’s heavy defeat to Fiji:

Of course we need to be disappointed, this is not a performance we would have liked to put up for our fans and our family and our friends back in Georgia.

But the reality is it’s not what you’ve done it’s what you do next that’s the important thing.

Australia vs Georgia Rugby

Australia vs Georgia Rugby: Australia and Georgia face off in a Pool D Rugby World Cup clash on Friday at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. Here’s what you need to know.

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The Wallabies continue their road to redemption at the Rugby World Cup with a match against gutsy Georgia. Australia’s forward pack is expected to be tested to the limit, but a challenge can be for the better as the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals draw nearer.

Australia breezed past Uruguay 45-10 in their last game with teenage sensation Jordan Petaia scoring a try on debut. However, the 29-25 loss to Wales will still be lingering on their mind.

Michael Cheika’s men need to keep their wits about them to avoid a repeat against a highly capable Georgia outfit.

Georgia will be trying to prove that they can stand up to another top tier rugby nation having already given a decent account of themselves in the 43-14 defeat to Wales. However, they head into this game off the back of a 45-10 loss to Fiji.

It will be interesting to see what approach Cheika opts for with his team selection. Pick a strong outfit might allow his players to perfect combinations ahead of the knockout stages, but could also cause injuries against a bruising pack.

Whatever team the coach puts out, they will need to reverse a trend of Australia being slow out of the blocks in the early stages of games.

“I thought we were just off the pace a little bit at the start and that’s three times now,” Cheika said after Australia beat Uruguay, as quoted by Stuff.co.nz.

“Three games we’ve been off the pace a little at the start so I don’t know, I’ll have to get my pre-match speech a little bit better.

“Not that we haven’t played well, we’ve sort of just been a little less consistent in the first 20 minutes … it gets you off on the wrong foot. We need to go into games a bit faster.”
Australia vs Georgia: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction

Kick off time: Steady away with a lunch time kick off at 12:15 on 11 October. It will be live on SuperSport 1.

Prediction: This should be a fairly one-sided contest with the Wallabies emerging victorious by 30 points, but not without a fierce forward battle.
RWC 2019 live scores and result: Australia vs Georgia

Australia vs Georgia Live Stream

Australia vs Georgia Live Stream: The Wallabies launched a brave second-half fightback against the Welsh but ultimately came up short in a 25-29 defeat.

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As such, they’re facing second place in the group and will be expected a comfortable bonus-point victory against a Georgia side winless so far.
What time does Australia vs Georgia kick off?

THIS Rugby World Cup clash is set for Friday, October 11.

Kick-off is at 11.15am UK time – 2.15pm in Georgia, 7.15pm in Japan and 9.15pm in Sydney.

It’s the first time the two sides have met in World Cup competition.
What TV channel is Australia vs Georgia on and can I live stream it?

YOU can catch this game live on ITV4 in the UK.

Coverage will begin at 11am.

If you want to stream the action, head to the ITV Hub or create a free account on TVPlayer.

In Australia, the Rugby World Cup broadcasters are Fox Sports and Network Ten while GPB is the Georgian broadcaster.

Can I watch Australia vs Georgia for free?

Yes. ITV4, the ITV Hub and TV Player are all free in the UK, but you must have a valid TV licence.

You can purchase a TV licence for £154.50 if you don’t already have one.
What is the team news?

Full team news to follow.

Wallabies vs Georgia Live

Wallabies vs Georgia Live: occasionally extreme weather interferes with major sporting events. There was the 2002 Champions Trophy final between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo.

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The match was rained-out twice and neither side won.

More famously the 1976 Grand Prix at the storm-hit Fuji circuit ended in far more dramatic fashion. A Japanese monsoon helped James Hunt pip great rival Niki Lauda to the Formula One World Championship.
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The outcome of this Rugby World Cup is far from decided and is still in the hands of the sides competing. However, the super typhoon that has changed to a more northerly course than first thought, and is now set to wreak havoc on Tokyo on Saturday, will have a definite bearing on the knockout stages.

The Wallabies say they only have Georgia on their mind and will not be distracted by the mature tropical cyclone.

In their fourth and final match of Pool D, Australia will play the Georgians – as scheduled – in what will be the first ever meeting between the two sides. The match itself will not impact the Wallabies progression in the World Cup. Their place was sewn up following Fiji’s defeat to Wales on Wednesday night.

Wind gusts will reach in excess of 120mph and 300-500mm of rain will fall on Saturday forcing the England-France and New Zealand-Italy matches to be abandoned.

Both games will be recorded as 0-0 draws. As a result England top Pool C. Australia know they will be facing their old rivals in Oita next weekend unless Uruguay can shock Wales on Sunday.

Had France played and beaten England, the French would have topped Pool C and Australia’s quarter-final assignment would look very different. It is immaterial now. We will never know.

The Wallabies are scheduled to fly to Oita on Monday evening, six days out from their potential clash with England. Eddie Jones’ side have already travelled south to the coastal town of Miyazaki. They will come into next Saturday’s match with an extra week of rest.

The upside for the Aussies is the opportunity to use this match as a springboard to next week and find the consistency in their play that has been missing so far in the tournament.

David Pocock, who will captain Australia against Georgia, believes both sides are looking forward to making the most of the dead rubber.

“I haven’t seen any of the stuff around the typhoon or thought that far ahead,” he said.

“It can work either way so I’m sure both teams will be looking to make the most out of the situation.

“The way that we make the most out of it is by turning up and having a really good game, giving guys an opportunity to push for selection and hopefully building some momentum.”

Team news
Michael Cheika has made several changes for the game and said that the competition for places was “driving the Wallabies to greater heights,” using halfbacks Nic White and Will Genia as examples.

A notable shuffle comes at flyhalf as Matt To’omua starts with Christan Lealiifano selected on the bench. It will be the first time To’omua has worn the No 10 in 2019.

With Pocock in as skipper, Michael Hooper is left out of the squad. As is Adam Coleman. Blindside specialist Jack Dempsey slots in and will be looking to nail down his spot in the starting XV.

Jordan Petaia has retained his spot in the starting line-up after his excellent debut in the win over Uruguay.

Georgia coach Milton Haig has named virtually the same starting XV that lost to Fiji.

Just two changes see scrumhalf Gela Aprasidze and back-rower Beka Saginadze come in for Vasil Lobzhanidze and Giorgi Tkhilaishvili who both drop to the bench. Giorgi Kveseladze starts once again having played every minute of every match so far in the competition.

Merab Sharikadze returned as captain against Fiji and retains his position. The 26-year-old has been the stand-out player in attack for Georgia.

Prediction
Georgia’s tournament started badly with a 43-14 loss to Wales who blew them off the park in the first half.

However, they did show real quality against Uruguay with a dominant 33-7 victory. Their scrum was particularly effective.

Fiji put paid to their dreams of making the knockout stages but the Lelos can still secure qualification for the 2023 World Cup with a win.

It will be a tough ask though. The Wallabies have never lost their final pool stage game at a World Cup and should make light work of the tier two nation.

Australia by 25.

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Head-to-head

Played – 0

Most recent meeting – The two sides have never met before

Did You Know?

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper misses out on his 99th cap after pulling out with “general soreness”. Lock Adam Coleman is also gone for the same reason. His replacement on the bench, Rob Simmons, will make 100 caps if he gets on.
Australia have scored 16 tries so far in this tournament.
Mamuka Gorgodze gets his 14th World Cup start. Having come out of Test retirement to play in this tournament, he will once again call it a day after the match. He first retired in 2017, but came back due to injuries in the squad.
Georgia have had three captains in this World Cup, but centre Merab Sharikadze is the first to retain the captaincy for a second match.
Australia are starting their 11th different half-back combination since reaching the final at RWC 2015.
Australia have won all 18 matches of their Rugby World Cup matches against Tier 2 nations with an average margin of victory of 46 points.

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The Coaches

Australia – Michael Cheika

“One thing is pretty clear with our team, over the years we have been able to build a fair bit of depth. We have got a lot of competition, with players that are very even in many positions.

“I know different teams have different strategies in how they want to approach it, some want to go with the same players all the time. We feel like keeping players competing for spots is working for us.

“We are trying to get a balance of opportunity, workload and also being ready to win the game. That is the number one priority at the end of the day.”

Georgia – Milton Haig

“Australia are a pretty strong side. It’s similar (line-up) to what they played against Wales. We understand how difficult the job is going to be to create an upset, but it’s the World Cup and those types of things do happen in sport, so our job is to make sure we get on the park and play as well as we can do.”

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The Squads

Australia: Kurtley Beale; Jordan Petaia, James O’Connor, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Matt To’omua, Nic White; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Jack Dempsey, David Pocock (captain), Isi Naisarani.

Replacements: Jordan Uelese, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Will Genia, Christian Lealiifano, Dane Haylett-Petty.

Georgia: Soso Matiashvili; Giorgi Kveseladze, Davit Kacharava, Merab Sharikadze, Sandro Todua; Lasha Khmaladze, Gela Aprasidze; Mikheil Nariashvili, Shalva Mamukashvili, Beka Gigashvili, Giorgi Nemsadze, Kote Mikautadze, Beka Saginadze, Mamuka Gorgodze, Beka Gorgadze.

Replacements: Jaba Bregvadze, Guram Gogichashvili, Giorgi Melikidze, Otar Giorgadze, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Lasha Malaguradze, Tamaz Mchedlidze.

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Australia vs Georgia Live

Australia vs Georgia Live: Australia face Georgia at the Rugby World Cup today and Express Sport is on hand with all the details you need, including TV channel, radio coverage and live stream information

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What time does Australia vs Georgia kick-off?

The Rugby World Cup match gets underway at 11.15am BST, or 7.15pm local time.

The clash takes place at the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Japan.
What are the line-ups?

Australia XV: Kurtley Beale; Jordan Petaia, James O’Connor, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Matt To’omua, Nic White; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Jack Dempsey, David Pocock (captain), Isi Naisarani.

Replacements: Jordan Uelese, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Will Genia, Christian Lealiifano, Dane Haylett-Petty.

Georgia XV: Soso Matiashvili; Giorgi Kveseladze, Davit Kacharava, Merab Sharikadze, Sandro Todua; Lasha Khmaladze, Gela Aprasidze; Mikheil Nariashvili, Shalva Mamukashvili, Beka Gigashvili, Giorgi Nemsadze, Kote Mikautadze, Beka Saginadze, Mamuka Gorgodze, Beka Gorgadze.

Replacements: Jaba Bregvadze, Guram Gogichashvili, Giorgi Melikidze, Otar Giorgadze, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Lasha Malaguradze, Tamaz Mchedlidze.

What TV channel is Australia vs Georgia on?

Fans looking to watch the match on television can so on ITV4 throughout the UK.

RUR will be screening the action in Russia.
Can I live stream Australia vs Georgia?

Live streaming is available for free via the ITV Hub app and on the ITV website.

Head here to see how to watch Australia vs Georgia across the globe.
Can I listen to Australia vs Georgia on the radio?

Live radio coverage can be found on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Head here to see their full broadcast schedule.

Additional radio commentary is available on the Rugby World Cup official website.