Three European countries, two Asian, two Oceanian and one African: four continents are represented in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Men's World Team Championship which start at noon today. While top 2 seeds Egypt and England will be hot favourites against Scotland and India, home country France will be facing a first test with Hong Kong. The last tie will be a Trans-Tasman clash between Australia and New Zealand.
By Jérôme Elhaïk
Pictures by Nathalie Goossens and Philippe Rochais
Today's match order: 1-3-2
 ENGLAND v  INDIA
James Willstrop and Vikram Malhotra
Although they won all their ties 3-0, things haven't been all smooth for England so far. Nick Matthew had to come back from two games down against Nicolas Mueller yesterday and said after the match that he "would need to improve." No doubt that the experienced Yorkshireman will do that now that we are getting into the business end of the tournament. Their opponents - India - have had a contrasted last few days. After losing to lower seeded Malaysia in the pool stage, they took full advantage of the absence of Raphael Kandra to beat Germany yesterday. Now they have made the top 8 they will have nothing to lose today, but they'll still need at least two of their players to pull an incredible result to go one step further. For example Saurav Ghosal - who's had two very hard matches so far this week - has never beaten Nick Matthew. As far as history between the two countries goes, they haven't met in the MWTC before.
TEAM LINE-UPS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED: NICK MATTHEW v SAURAV GHOSAL, JAMES WILLSTROP v VIKRAM MALHOTRA, DARYL SELBY v HARINDER PAL SINGH SANDHU
 EGYPT v  SCOTLAND
Ali Farag and Greg Lobban
Last time these two countries met was in 2013 in the pool stage, and Egypt had won comprehensively against a team Clyne, Lobban and Kempsell were already a part of. The Scots will be surely be worn physically and mentally after their gigantic battle against Malaysia last night, but on the other hand they've reached their top 8 target and will have no pressure. Egypt have been easing through their first three ties, resting Ramy Ashour for two of them.
 FRANCE v  HONG KONG CHINA
Mathieu Castagnet and Max Lee
France have looked stronger and stronger so far, dispatching a very determined Welsh team last night at Salle Vallier. They will be facing a solid opponent tonight, Hong Kong boasting three players in the world top 30. The Asians were pushed by the US yesterday in the round of 16 but they will be in a more comfortable underdog position against France. Max Lee will be eager to perform well after losing to Harrity yesterday, but he was beaten comprehensively by Gaultier the only time they met (2015 ToC). The French General going on first certainly serves his team, who will be in a good position if he wins. As far as other match-ups go, Castagnet and Yip have never played each other, and Marche and Au are 2-2 in the H2H (all in three games, the Frenchman winning the last two).
 AUSTRALIA v  NEW ZEALAND
Paul Coll and Ryan Cuskelly
This could be a rugby World Cup final ... The Aussies and the Kiwis will go head to head tonight at Modern Squash for a place in the semi-finals, a stage Australia have failed to reach only 2 times in 24 MWTCs. The two "sporting rivals," as they were called by NZ's coach Kashif Shuja, have met 11 times in the competition, the H2H being 9-2 in favour of Australia. History apart, this looks like the closest quarter final on paper. Cuskelly has won 4 of this 7 encounters with Coll, but the Kiwi got the last 3 and will be slight favourite in the opening match. Roles are reversed for the other matches: NZ's Evan Williams has never beaten his potential opponents (Alexander and Hedrick), and Cameron Pilley had the better of Campbell Grayson in their most recent meetings. Besides, the experience of the tall Australian would surely be precious in a deciding match ...
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