Canada (1-0) vs. New Zealand (0-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 11, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Zealand +552 / Canada -227 -- Over/Under:
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Canada and New Zealand meet Thursday night in their second matchup of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Canada is coming off a controversial last minute victory over China that came off a Christine Sinclair penalty kick. Even with that being the case, Canada controlled the match 62 percent of the time, got 14 attempts and four goals on target overall. In 2011, Canada had just four shots on goal the entire tournament, proving that this year has already shown improvement. Canada also proved that it could overcome physical play, as China committed 15 fouls and roughed up the Canadiens throughout the match. With a win under its belt, Canada will likely be a lot more comfortable with the home team jitters out of the way. Still, somebody besides Sinclair has to step up on the offensive end if the Canadiens are going to make a real run in this tournament.
New Zealand is coming off a 1-0 loss to the Netherlands, as its offense just couldn’t get going. Both teams had the ball 50 percent of the match and New Zealand couldn’t find the net despite getting 11 shots off and five shots on goal. Ria Percival and Annalie Longo both had good looks but neither could catch a break in what was a frustrating game, especially in the second half. Overall, New Zealand held its own on the defensive end and has to feel confident that the goals will come as long as the shots continue to pile up. However, a lack of goal scoring has been an ongoing issue for New Zealand and is the main reason the team has yet to make it out of the group stage. This seems like a must-win game for New Zealand if it hopes to turn that around.
We should see a better showing from the home team now that a match is under its belt. New Zealand is a talented team but has a long history of not being able to put the ball in the net.
While I don’t love big chalk, Canada should win yet again, only this time with far less controversy.