The Netherlands and Canada will meet to determine the winner of Group E in historic Reims on Thursday afternoon. Both teams have played solid defense and they are level on goal differential, but Netherlands hold the tiebreaker for the group in the event this match ends in a draw by virtue of scoring one more goal than Canada.
Canada have yet to lose to the Netherlands in 12 previous meetings between the two countries. They are 9-3-0 all-time against the Dutch.
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Canada rely on their incredible defense to get the job done. They allowed a total of one goal in nine matches prior to the start of the World Cup, and the Canadians weren’t playing minnows. This team has continued that incredible run at this tournament with shutout wins over Cameroon and New Zealand in their first two matches.
In their first match against Cameroon, Canada held the ball 74 percent of the time and did not allow their opponents to put a shot on goal. Kadeisha Buchanan scored just before halftime and that was the lone tally in a 1-0 win for Canada. On Saturday, New Zealand held the Canadians scoreless in the first half, but Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince netted goals in the second half to secure a 2-0 win. Canada had 70 percent of the possession in that match and didn’t allow the Football Ferns to put a shot on net either.
The Dutch won the European Championship in 2017, and they are in the knockout rounds of their second straight World Cup. The Netherlands are known for their daring, attacking style, but they needed a stoppage time winner from Jill Roord to break through New Zealand’s back line for a 1-0 victory in the opener.
They settled down in their second match with Vivianne Miedema scoring on both sides of the break and Dominique Bloodworth potting another goal in a 3-1 win over Cameroon. The Netherlands are far more likely to take chances than Canada, so this contrast of styles should be fun to watch.
Canada Player to Watch
Christine Sinclair has yet to score at this World Cup for Canada. Sinclair is the best player in the country’s history and holds all its major records. She has the most caps (283) and most goals (181), and she typically plays alone at the top of the formation. With a goal she ties Brazil’s Marta as the only player to score in five different Women’s World Cups, and she will need to get going if Canada are to make a deep run at this event.
Netherlands Player to Watch
Lieke Martens has yet to score in France, but she made headlines for her Cruyff Turn against New Zealand in the opener, and she has the skill to unlock Canada’s back line. Martens is incredibly dangerous with the ball at her feet. She has 42 goals in 102 appearances with the national team, and she has great synergy with teammate Vivianne Miedema. Martens wants to help the Orange pick up their first win over Canada.
Free Soccer Betting Pick
The under is a great bet in this match. Canada have a knack for flustering opponents, and the Netherlands won’t force the issue since they win the group with a draw. I see both sides netting a goal, but the chances will be few and far between.
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Odds: Netherlands 1, Canada 1
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