ITALY v GREAT BRITAIN: PREVIEW

Great Britain face Italy this evening in their fourth game at the World Championship in Budapest.

GB have two wins over Slovenia and Poland, along with a defeat by Kazakhstan in their first three games back in Division 1 Group A since 2013.

Meanwhile, Italy have beaten Poland and Kazakhstan but lost to Hungary, so both sides have six points so far.

Italy, who are ranked 18th in the world and the tournament’s second seed, were relegated from the top flight last season with six defeats and one overtime loss in their seven group matches.

Their most impressive season in recent times came in 2007 with a 12th-placed finish in the top flight.

Recent World Championship meetings
2013 WC Div 1A in Budapest, Hungary L 1-5 Farmer
2009 WC Div 1B in Torun, Poland L 2-5 Shields, Dowd

The two sides have only met twice since 2009 in the World Championship with Italy winning on both occasions.

GB and Italy also met in the pre-qualifying round for the Winter Olympics, with the Italians winning 6-2 in Cortina.

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 the BBC Sport website.

Face-off is 7:30pm in Budapest (6:30pm UK time).