France vs. Germany
Tuesday, July 5th 2011, 20.45 CET
This last game of Group A is by far one of the most exciting ones from this year’s edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup! Although both teams are already qualified, this duel is a classic for the Women’s World Cup. The only prize tomorrow in Mochengladbach is the first place in Group A, and a seemingly-easier quarter final match.
But, maybe more important than that, it’s the pride and prestige that the two teams are after: they met 9 times during the past editions of Women’s World Cup, and 7 times Germany won, while France defeated their neighbors only 2 times. The French are looking to reduce the difference, while the Germans want to please their own supporters at home. All in all, it’s going to be a very exciting game, and one that just might happen again this World Cup!
Momentum-wise, both teams are in great shape. Maybe France more than Germany. After a hard-fought 0-1 with Nigeria, the French girls went wild against Canada, winning the game 4 to nothing! They have a super morale ahead of tomorrow’s game, and they definitely want to cash that in. France’s outstanding performance appears as a surprise to many spectators, who were used to a much more timid side. This year however, the French are aiming high, and they’re aiming at the trophy the Germans won last edition. IT’S ON!
As for the Germans, although they won both their matches so far, they weren’t as spectacular as expected. They finished the first game against Canada at 2-1, after a half-time score of 2-0, and although they dominated the game against Nigeria, it was hard for them to find the net. The Germans, of course, have the advantage of the crowds, who will be flying red, black and yellow all over the Mochengladbach stadium tomorrow. Nevertheless, coach Silvia Neid will have to deal with some injuries: Melanie Behringer is doubtful after an injury against Nigeria, while Linda Bresonik has stomach problems. The French girls, on the other hand, are all fit and ready to play!
However the score ends, it’s going to be a full show out there tomorrow, definitely one worth watching! Looking at the odds, Bwin clearly underestimates the French girls, giving them 5.5 odds, while the Germans are rated at 1.57 and a draw is worth 3.8. Though it’s very tempting to go with a French victory, my football tip is to go for the draw: both teams will be happy with the result, and they’re more in for the show than the result anyway. My sports bet? 2 units on a draw.
Prediction: Draw for 2 units