2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: China vs. New Zealand Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/15/15
New Zealand (0-1-1) vs. China (1-1)
World Cup: Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Canada)
The Line: New Zealand +270 / China +118 -- Over/Under: 2 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 2
China and New Zealand play their third matchup of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Monday night.
China is coming off a 1-0 victory over Netherlands and could use another win in hopes of advancing. China dominated its victory by controlling the ball 60 percent of the match and getting 27 shots overall and 10 shots on goal. China isn’t the best offensive team in the tournament but now has 32 shots in two matches, and Wang Lisi has the team’s lone goal. China has stuck to its guns on the defensive end, allowing just seven shots on goal and have blocked seven shots. China is an elite defensive team, especially when it limits your possessions like it did in its last match. Now, China needs to take advantage of its offensive chances, as Ma Jun and Zhang Rui need to get going in order to prevent games from being so tight.
New Zealand dealt with another frustrating match in a 0-0 draw against Canada. New Zealand controlled the ball just 41 percent of the time in the match and got just one of its five shots on target. New Zealand now has six shots on goal in this tournament but has yet to find the net. This has to be incredibly frustrating for teams that has playmakers such as Amber Hearn, Hannah Wilkinson and Sarah Gregorius. However, the positives for New Zealand is that its defense has allowed just one goal this tournament despite allowing nine shots on goal. Erin Nayler has been the best player on this team. New Zealand is also coming off an extremely physical match, committing 18 fouls against Canada.
We could very well see another draw in this match with the way China locks down defensively and the fact New Zealand can’t buy a goal. The under may also be worth a look.
The total seems to be spot on, as this should be a low-scoring game. However, China is the better team and in better form. With the total holding no value, I'm taking China to get another low-scoring victory.