2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: China vs. Netherlands Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/11/15
Netherlands (1-0) vs. China (0-1)
World Cup: Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: China +241 / Netherlands +110 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 2
China and Netherlands meet Thursday afternoon in their second matchup in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
China is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Canada in which they lost on a final minute penalty kick, 1-0. China played its conservative and defensive style in which it allowed just four shots on goal despite giving Canada having the ball 62 percent of the match. China was great on its set plays and played a physical style of soccer which resulted in 15 fouls. China has shown its going to rough up its opponent and try to make things uncomfortable. However, China did a lot of things well, but it has to get more than one shot on goal if it’s going to have any chance of advancing. I look for Zhang Rui and Gu Yasha to get going on the offensive end for China to make a run.
Netherlands is coming off a thrilling 1-0 victory over New Zealand. Both teams controlled the ball for 50 percent of the match, but a Lieke Martens first half goal ended up being the difference. Netherlands had three of its six shot attempts on goal and watched Loes Geurts come up with five saves to pitch a shutout. Also, like China, Netherlands proved to be physical, as it committed six fouls, including two yellow cards. Netherlands is capable of playing a lot of different styles, but I expect to be a more aggressive offensive team with Manon Melis leading the way. Netherlands can’t afford to get passive when it strikes early like it did in the opening match.
China is going to continue to play its defensive style and only execute on the offensive end when it has its chances. I’m not sure that’s going to work against a Netherlands team that's capable of getting hot quickly. Netherlands isn’t a team that you want to give the ball to for 60-plus percent of the time.
I'm taking Netherlands in another outright victory, as I think there's too much offensive firepower than what China has. The Chinese will be playing catchup throughout this match.