2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Norway vs. Thailand Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/7/15
Thailand (0-0) vs. Norway (0-0)
World Cup: Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Thailand +2966 / Norway -10011 -- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
Norway and Thailand meet Sunday afternoon in their opening match in the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup.
Norway looks to bounce back from an early exit in 2011 and return to the days of consistent deep runs. Norway is a direct and physical style team that hopes to wear on its opponent over time. It often isn’t the sexiest style, but coach Even Pellerud sticks to his guns that’s produced much success in the past. Norway is also one of the more experienced teams and is led by Trine Ronning and Solveig Gulbrandsen, a duo that’s combined for 74 national goals. Isabell Herlovsen is the X-factor for Norway, as she can stretch the field and take some of the pressure off of the younger players with her offense. The question for Norway heading into this match is the lack of success against better competition, as the team really struggled at times in World Cup qualifiers.
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Thailand hopes to make its mark as it makes its first World Cup appearance. While this stage is new to the players, Thailand is an experienced team that’s played tons of international soccer and has four players with at least 66 caps. Thailand moves the ball well and does a great job of passing and playing with pace. Thailand is a quick paced team that’s led by 25-year-old Nisa Romyen, who has 32 national goals. Kanjana Sungngeon is another who will put pressure offensively, and Darut Changplook will hold the fort down defensively. The main question with Thailand is will this stage be too big for a team that has yet to play in a World Cup? The excitement will certainly be there, but you can expect nerves as well.
We have two experienced teams that do a great job of playing to their strengths. We also have two teams that are eager to get off to a quick start for different reasons. Norway wants to makeup for 2011, and Thailand just wants to prove it belongs.
I expect a little tightness from both sides, which is why I’m going with the points in this match.