MALAYSIA, as expected, are top seeded in the badminton mixed team event of the Commonwealth Games and will also avoid hosts India until the final. India, the second seeds, are the only major threat to Malaysia in defending their team gold. Earlier, there were concerns that the teams might play each other in the semi-finals.
Malaysia, who are in Group A with Australia, Nigeria, Seychelles and the Isle of Man, should have no problems finishing top in preliminary stage.
Former champions England are the joint third seeds with Singapore and are in Group C with Canada, Mauritius, Uganda and Falkland Islands.
Singapore are in Group B with New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Jamaica and Northern Ireland.
Malaysia won the mixed team gold for the first time in Melbourne in 2006, beating England in the final.
India have expressed confidence in beating Malaysia for gold but the Lee Chong Wei-led defending champions are expected to prevail.
Group A: Malaysia, Australia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Isle of Man.
Group B: Singapore, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Northern Ireland.
Group C: England, Canada, Mauritius, Uganda, Falklands Islands.
Group D: India, Scotland, Wales, Barbados, Kenya.
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