Potential Game Changers and Dream11 points earned in the last game:
Jessie Fleming – 6.5
Christine Sinclair – 3
Sarah Gregorius – 3.5
Betsy Hassett – 4.5
Janine Beckie – 10
Shelina Zadorsky – 10
Kadeisha Buchanan – 19.5
Stats and facts:
This will be the 2nd meeting between these two nations in the world cup after a 0-0 draw in 2015.
Canada have never won the first two games in the world cup. Can they buck the trend here?
New Zealand are on a 13 game winless run in the world cup (Loss-10, draw- 3).
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Christine Sinclair – The world cup will certainly be the main target for this living legend of women football, but she can carve out her name in the history books if she manages four goals in the tournament, for it will take her past Abby Wambach in the list of most goals scored by a women footballer. Currently, she has 181 goals.
Ali Riley: Captain of the New Zealand team from 2017, Ali Riley’s experience at the back will be crucial for the team. She led the team during the qualifying campaign with her tenacity and resilience at the back paving the way for five consecutive clean sheets.
Abby Erceg: The 29-year-old had to go through a difficult phase in the last couple of years. She retired twice but had to come back because the New Zeland team want her around, and that’s because she is one of the finest players at her position. Considering this is the first game, her experience at the back will help calm the nerves.
Both teams’ backline: New Zealand showed in game-1 that they can defend. Despite having just 30% of the ball, Dutch never really looked threatening barring couple of situations. Centre-backs Rebekah Stott and Abby Erceg were immovable for most of the game and should be in your Dream11 teams.
The Midfield: Having less possession is one thing and what a team does when the players are on the ball is the most important factor in the game. New Zealand looked average in the midfield at times, with too many wayward passes robbing them of the good situations. Katie Bowen and Betsy Hassett were still better than their teammates.
CN-W vs NZ-W Dream11 potential winner:
Canada will start the match as favourites.
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