BIG MATCH PREVIEW: KAZAKHSTAN v GREAT BRITAIN

Great Britain play their second game at the World Championship Division 1 Group A in Budapest as they take on Kazakhstan this afternoon.

Both sides won their opening games of the tournament, with GB beating top seeds Slovenia 3-1 and Kazakhstan securing a 3-0 win over hosts Hungary.

It was a fantastic victory for GB against the world-ranked 15th team, with today’s opponents ranked 17th in the world.

It has been an interesting start to the tournament with five sides currently on three points, with only Slovenia without a victory so far.

Two teams are promoted to the top-level World Championship with one side relegated to Division 1 Group B for next season.

GB v Kazakhstan: Previous meetings since 2008
2013 WC Div 1A in B’pest, Hungary L 0-5
2011 WC Div 1B in Kyiv, Ukraine L 1-2 Longstaff
2008 WC Div 1B in Innsbruck, Austria L 1-3 Clarke

There’ll be updates on the game on GB’s Twitter account today, live television coverage on FreeSports with Aaron Murphy and former GB player Paul Adey, as well as play-by-play radio commentary with Seth Bennett and Ice Hockey UK general secretary on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website.

Face-off is 4pm in Budapest (3pm UK time).