Germany vs. China
|Date & Time||Saturday June 8, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Germany -329 / China +963 / Draw +415 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Germany and China meet Saturday in FIFA Women's World Cup at Roazhon Park.
Germany is a two-time World Cup winner and finished in fourth place four years ago, so it's good reason why this country has the third-best odds to win the tournament. A duo of Alexandra Popp and Dzsenifer Marozsan may be the most explosive 1-2 punch in the entire field and gives Die Nationalelf a fighting chance against anybody if they get going. With a combined 78 international goals in 186 caps, those two can takeover a match and always put serious fear into opposing defenses. Germany has scored two or more goals in eight of its last 10 matches and is one of the best attacking offenses in this tournament. If there is a concern with Germany, it would be goaltender Almuth Schult, who has struggled with her form lately and has been dealing with a shoulder injury. While capable of being a reliable replacement, there's a decent drop-off if Laura Benkarth if forced to step in.
China could end up being the dark horse of the field considering this squad made the quarterfinals in the 2015 World Cup and 2016 olympics, so this is a team that won’t be scared of the moment. China is led by a star in Wang Shuang, who is only 24 years old and already has 93 caps and 25 goals under her belt. Shuang can attack and find the back of the net herself, but she’s also extremely gifted at setting up her teammates and putting passes right on the money. While Shuang is capable of shouldering the load and putting on a show, the lack of depth will be China’s downfall, as there’s few other players who have the experience or ability to step up in these big moments. Players like Li Ying, Liu Shanshan and Gu Yasha will have to step up if this club is going to surpass expectations.
China and Germany met in the 2016 olympics, a match Germany won 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Melanie Behringer. China didn’t get a single shot on goal in the match.
China has shown in past tournaments that it’s more than capable of holding its own and being better than most expected. The problem is this is a rough opening match, as Germany is one of a handful of teams that has realistic goals of winning this tournament and has overwhelming depth that’s sure to give China some issues. Germany has obvious questions at goalie, but it’s hard to point holes in the rest of the roster and if its top strikers get going, it’s going to be curtains for China.
I’ll lay the somewhat reasonable price with the Germans when you consider the gap in team depth between these two sides.