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Champions Trophy weekend previews

England and Australia face off at Edgbaston

The group stage of the ICC Champions Trophy comes to an end over the next few days, with plenty still to play for.

England are the only team sure of a place in the semi-finals of the competition, having won both of their matches in Group A, as Eoin Morgan's side took full advantage of being on home soil.

It has been a miserable tournament for Australia, who have seen both of their matches washed out so far, but Group B is still wide open with two matches still to play. India and South Africa will battle it out for a place in the last four when they face off in London on Sunday.

Here's how this weekend's Champions Trophy games are shaping up.

England v Australia

While on paper this could be considered a dead rubber for England, games against Australia are always hotly contested and the prize of knocking out their Ashes foes will concentrate minds here.

England look set to stick with out of form opener Jason Roy, who has not gone beyond 20 in his last eight ODI appearances. With the pressure off, Roy might just thrive, with Morgan having indicated he will stick with the South Africa-born player.

Jonny Bairstow could come into the England side having played outstanding cricket in all forms over the last couple of years, but the balance of the side could be affected by his inclusion.

Australia go into Saturday's crunch clash in disarray, with a pay dispute having overshadowed their campaign, although the weather has blocked their attempts to force results in both matches. Australia were struggling in their first game of the tournament against neighbours New Zealand, but were on course to beat Bangladesh in their second match.

Vice-captain David Warner believes his team have been negatively affected by the controversy, which surrounds the revenue sharing model used in Australian cricket.

"For us we're just sticking here together as one and all the players around the country and as we've said we just want a fair share but leave it until after the games," Warner said.

Australia were among the pre-tournament favourites but losing to England at Edgbaston - or a third washout of the competition - would see them sent home before the semi-finals.

With an Ashes series just around the corner, England's destructive wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is keen to show Australia what his side can do.

"We want to win, keep our momentum going no matter who we are playing, but it is always nice to know that would be the outcome if we did win," Buttler said of potentially knocking Australia out.

In the odds, Australia are narrow favourites - likely as England have a habit of taking their foot off the gas when they don't need to win - but the Ashes factor adds an intriguing subplot to this one. If you fancy a flutter you can find a bookie with the bet odds at GamblingKingz.

India v South Africa

This Group B game has the potential to be the best match of the tournament so far, effectively acting as a straight shootout for one of the two qualification places in the semi-finals.

India have a very minor advantage due to their slightly better net run rate over South Africa, but all four teams in the section have two points going into the last round of group games.

Virat Kohli's side are reeling off the back of Sri Lanka chasing down a record Champions Trophy score to win by seven wickets on Thursday, while South Africa beat Sri Lanka but lost their last match narrowly to Pakistan due to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after the rain descended.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a brilliant century for India against Sri Lanka, but a massive stand from Danushka Gunathilaka (76) and Kusal Mendis (89) saw the underdogs build a terrific reply and Angelo Matthews (52 not out) helped his side through to victory. After the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, few had given Sri Lanka a realistic chance of succeeding.

Sunday's game at London's Oval is another match that looks to be too close to call, with the bookmakers favouring South Africa by the very tightest of margins in the betting odds.

Defending champions India can call upon Kohli - arguably the best player in the world right now - but South Africa have power all the way down their batting lineup and star man AB de Villiers is yet to fire in this year's competition. He will surely hit a big score at some point - maybe here.

With Sri Lanka v Pakistan set to complete the group stage on Monday, the picture is clear for the Proteas, who have to beat India to get into the knockout stages of the tournament.

"It's a big game against South Africa - do or die - so we're going to come back fresh and in a positive frame of mind," says Dhawan, who has the potential to take games away from the opposition at the top of the Indian order.

But India's bowling is a concern, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar not meeting expectations so far, while Jasprit Bumrah also needs to impress more if his team are to have a chance of defending the title.

India's weaknesses were shown up by Sri Lanka in stunning fashion and South Africa will look to follow the same blueprint or they will find themselves on the next plane home.