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Australia vs Belgium Men's Olympic Hockey Tips - Kookaburras bid for gold in Tokyo

  • Australia vs Belgium tips for Thursday's Men's Olympic hockey final
  • The Kookaburras are looking for their second gold medal in history
  • Will Australia win the final and secure gold?
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Fraser Stewart 05 Aug 2021
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Australia vs Belgium Men's Olympic Hockey Final Tips


The Kookaburras are into their first gold medal match since Athens 2004 after defeating world no 4 Germany 3-1 in the semi-finals. 

Belgium will meet the number one ranked team in the world after they defeated India 5-2 in the semi-finals, which will see the two best sides battling it for the biggest prize in the Olympics. 

We're backing Australian gold.

  • Australia are into their first gold medal match in 17 years 
  • Australia are bidding for the second gold medal at the Olympics in men’s hockey 
  • Australia is ranked number 1 in the world 
  • Belgium is ranked number 2 in the world 
  • Belgium were silver medallists in Rio 2016 

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Head to Head 


Surprisingly, this is only the third meeting between these two sides in Olympic history. 

The first meeting occurred in the 1956 Melbourne games and ended in a 2-2 draw. 

Their last meeting at the Olympics was five years ago in Rio, when they were drawn in the same pool. The Belgians came away with a 1-0 win over the Kookaburras. 

Australia Form

 
The Kookaburras have had a campaign to remember thus far in Tokyo.

They topped Pool A with four wins from five games and scoring 22 goals in the early stages of the tournament. 

Since then, they have continued their momentum defeating the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals and defeating a resilient German side in the semi-finals 3-1 to earn a place in the gold medal match. 

Belgium Form

 
Belgium topped their pool in Pool B, boasting the same record as their gold medal opponents having won four games from five games. 

However, the Belgians scored four more times in the early stages, scoring 26 goals.

The Belgians defeated their quarter-final and semi-final opponents in regular time, getting the better of Spain and India to reach the final.

Australia vs Belgium FAQs

Where can I watch the Australia vs Belgium live stream?

Check our live streaming calendar to see where to watch the Australia vs Belgium live stream.

What time does Australia vs Belgium start?

The gold medal final is being played at the Oi Hockey Stadium at 8.00pm AEDT on Thursday, August 5.

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Verdict

The Kookaburras are on the verge of history as they aim to get their first gold medal since Athens 2004.

Belgium have had a fire in their belly for five years since they lost in the final against Argentina in Rio 2016. But we’re backing more disappointment and an Australia win.

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