The FIH Pro League has continued to entertain with regular international hockey matches providing high quality displays for the on-watching supporters.
Consisting of the best teams in the world, the FIH Pro League returns on Saturday 6 April as Argentina host Great Britain in a double header match from 7:30pm GMT live on BT Sport – here’s how the sides have fared so far.
GB women looking to make it consecutive victories
After registering a first win in the FIH Pro League with a 2-1 victory over the USA last time out, Great Britain’s women will be keen to add further points to their tally when facing Argentina in Rosario on Saturday at 10pm GMT.
Having only played four FIH Pro League matches so far, half as many as their Argentinean counterparts, GB have five points on the board from their opening away games and currently lie seventh, level on points and win percentage with Germany.
Taking the bonus point in a shootout win over China in the match prior to the USA victory, Great Britain will be looking pick up points in three consecutive matches having lost to New Zealand and Australia in their opening games.
There could be a debut for the University of Nottingham’s 18-year-old Alex Malzer, who was drafted into the squad for the USA and Argentina matches.
Saturday’s match could be a landmark one for Hannah Martin who would make her 50th international appearance if she makes it onto the pitch.
GB men hoping for points on return to action
It’s been over a month since Great Britain’s men featured in the FIH Pro League and they’ll be hoping it’s a seamless transition when they take to the pitch once again.
Starting the competition in flying form, winning their opening two matches against Spain and New Zealand before being defeated by Australia in mid-February, GB have played the least games of any side in the competition (3).
Great Britain’s men haven’t faced Argentina since December 2015 in the Hockey World League and go into Saturday’s match with only nine players who appeared in the last meeting between the two sides.
There’s been several changes to the squad that featured in the opening FIH Pro League tour with Liam Ansell, Mikey Hoare and David Condon coming in. There could also be a GB debut for Reading’s Peter Scott who has been called into the FIH Pro League squad for the first time.
Mark Gleghorne could also make his 50th Great Britain appearance if he features in the game.
Las Leonas looking to keep pressure on the Netherlands
Argentina’s women’s team have been in fine form through the FIH Pro League and sit second, just behind the Netherlands on win percentage.
Las Leonas have only lost one of their eight matches but draws against the USA and Germany in February, despite beating both sides in the resulting shootout, meant they slipped behind the Dutch.
March has been an impressive month with the team putting together four consecutive wins without conceding a goal, beating Australia and New Zealand then China twice on their emphatic run.
It’s a squad that contains a good mix of experience and youth, with five players coming in and making their international debut during the FIH Pro League.
23 year-old Lucina Von Der Heyde was presented with the Rising Star of the Year award at the 2018 FIH Awards and will certainly be one to watch on Saturday having featured in all of Argentina’s matches in the competition so far.
Argentina’s men looking to keep strong home record
Currently sitting fourth in the men’s FIH Pro League table with three wins and one draw from six matches, it’s been a solid start from Los Leones.
With only one home defeat in the FIH Pro League, coming in their opening match against Belgium, Argentina will be keen to continue their home exploits having already taken down the Netherlands and Spain.
There was mixed success in their two away matches during March, initially defeating New Zealand 2-1 in Auckland before falling to a 3-2 defeat to current table-toppers Australia.
Victory for the hosts would see them overtake the third placed GB side in the FIH Pro League table, and with two wins, two draws and two losses in the previous six meetings between the sides it couldn’t look more evenly poised.
GB will need to be wary of veteran forward Matias Paredes who continues to deliver for his country with the 37-year-old, who has over 340 international caps to his name, recording three goals from only four appearances so far in the FIH Pro League.
Watch the double header live on BT Sport on Saturday 6 April when the men’s team begin the action at 7:30pm GMT with the women’s team following at 10pm GMT.