2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Germany vs. France Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/26/15
France (3-1) vs. Germany (3-0-1)
World Cup: Friday, June 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: France +259 / Germany +116 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
Germany and France square off Friday in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Germany dominated once again by sending Sweden home with a 4-1 victory. Germany has yet to lose the possession arrow and has now scored eight goals in its last two matches. Simply put, Germany has been super aggressive on the offensive end, getting a combined 87 shots off in its last three matches. Anja Mittag and Celia Sasic have combined for 10 goals, while Lena Goessling has three assists and one shot attempt. Defensively, Germany has been just as good, allowing just two goals all tournament and three shots on target in its last two matches. Nadine Angerer has six saves in four matches. Bottom line is that Germany has proven it’s a team that could win this tournament with the way it’s played at both ends and ability to find the back of the net.
France is starting to hit its stride and looked solid in its 3-0 victory over South Korea. France has now controlled the ball at least 60 percent of the time in its last three matches and outscored its opponents 8-0 in its last two. France has 52 shot attempts in its last three matches and has scored on eight of its last 10 shot attempts on target. Marie-Laure Delie and Eugenie Le Sommer have combined for six goals, while Elodie Thomis has an assist and five shot attempts. Defensively, France has allowed just two goals, which came in its upset loss to Colombia. Since that loss, France has allowed just four shots on target, which Sarah Bouhaddi had no problem saving. France is hitting its stride at the right time and enters this match playing its best soccer of the tournament.
This is going to be a fun match, as both teams should feel extremely confident and may already be thinking championship at this point. With what’s on the line, I think we’re going to see a little more defense from these two, which makes the over a possible play.
There's been no reason to fade Germany with the way its been playing this tournament, as it's been by far the most consistent offensive team. France has had its ups and downs. So, I expect Germany to come out with a victory.