GAME DAY PREVIEW: GREAT BRITAIN v POLAND

It’s game three for Great Britain this afternoon as they face Poland in the World Championship Division 1 Group A in Budapest.

GB have won one and lost one of their opening two games with a 3-1 victory over Slovenia being followed by a 6-1 defeat by Kazakhstan.

Poland are the fourth seed in the tournament and are ranked 20th in the world, compared to GB’s world ranking of 24.

The Poles were promoted to the second tier back in 2014 after their gold medal in Lithuania and have remained at this level ever since.

Bronze medals in 2015 and 2016 was followed by a fourth-placed finish last year.

Britain and Poland have met six times since 2005 in the World Championship, with both sides winning three each.

But GB have the upper hand in the more recent meetings, including a 4-2 victory in Vilnius in 2014 when Colin Shields bagged a hat-trick.

GB v Poland: World Championship meetings since 2005
2014 WC Div 1B in Vilnius, Lithuania W 4-2 Shields 3, Dowd
2011 WC Div 1B in Kyiv, Ukraine W 3-2 Weaver, Cowley, O’Connor
2010 WC Div 1B in Ljubljana, Slovenia L 1-2 Hill
2009 WC Div 1B in Torun, Poland W 2-1 (OT) Longstaff, Tait (OT)
2008 WC Div 1B in Innsbruck, Austria L 1-2 (PS) Chambers
2005 WC Div 1A in Debrecen, Hungary L 0-2

There will be an IHUK TV, in association with McDonald’s, Facebook live at 1:30pm UK time to preview the game. Click here to watch.

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 Andy French on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website.

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