New Delhi: After registering back to back resounding wins in the opening two matches, the highly spirited Indian men's hockey team will eye a hat-trick when it will take on France in the Olympic Qualification tournament on Tuesday.

After thrashing Singapore 15-1 and Italy 8-1, India will clash with the world number 18 France at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.

Both India and France have made an impressive start to the tournament, winning their first two games but the hosts are ahead on goal difference even though both the teams have six points each.

Against Italy, India converted four out of five penalty corners with upbeat Sandeep striking thrice.

Sandeep stole the limelight against Italy with three powerful dragflicks and he would be aiming to carry on his form in the remaining matches of the tournament.

India's forwardline too was not to be left behind as it scored as many as four field goals against Italy.

"We have just given our 70 percent of the effort in the opening matches and this is not our peak. The matches against Singapore and Italy were cakewalk for us. Two difficult matches are coming up against France and Poland," Indian men’s hockey coach Michael Nobbs said.

“Mistakes against the teams like Poland and Canada can be dreadful. We are working on our weaknesses” Nobbs said.

On being asked about the out of form forward Yuvraj Valmiki, Nobbs said, “I have full confidence on the youngster. He has been consistent in the tournament and dragged a goal as well. I don’t think Yuvraj is out of form. He will make a strong comeback.”

(JPN/Bureau)