Germany vs. Nigeria
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Stade des Alpes
The Line: Germany -584 / Nigeria +1625 / Draw +628 -- Over/Under:3
Germany and Nigeria meet Saturday in FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade des Alpes.
Germany enters this match on a four-match winning streak, which includes beating China, Spain and South Africa in the group stages. Germany has made at least the quarterfinals in each of the last seven World Cups. Die Nationalelf has relied on a defense that has yet to allow a goal this tournament and is coming off a win over South Africa where it allowed just one shot on goal. Germany is now unbeaten through 15 straight matches, so this is a club that knows how to put together the results, but there have been plenty of missed opportunities on the offensive end. With the knockout stages here, Germany is capable of better execution offensively and will need it in order to make a realistic run at a World Cup crown.
Nigeria made it out of the group stages of the World Cup for the first time since 1999 and at this point should be playing with house money. Despite losing to Norway and France, Nigeria was able to sneak through by beating South Korea, which was only the second win for this side since 2003. The Super Falcons are an athletic bunch that is capable of pushing the pace and being dangerous in the open field, but they can also struggle at times defensively and have a history of coming up small against better competition. There’s a reason why Nigeria has had no recent success in past World Cups and has failed to qualify in the last two Olympics. Still, the fact Nigeria is playing with house money at this stage makes them a potentially dangerous team.
Germany beat Nigeria 1-0 in the 2011 World Cup and 2008 Olympics.
Germany is rolling and has yet to play to its full potential, which is scary for the rest of the field. Nigeria could be fat and happy by making it this far, and it’s a team that doesn’t have the horses to put a real scare into the Germans. Nigeria has a history of getting waxed when stepping out of its level of competition and this is one of those spots. Germany should be a little more aggressive offensively than it has in the past and should be able to win this game comfortably.