Netherlands vs Canada

Netherlands vs Canada Preview: First Test For Outside Chancers

The Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims will witness a meeting between two teams in very similar positions, both in terms of their standing in world football and their position in Group E.

Netherlands vs Canada could easily be a quarter or semi-final, and could well be the latter if both are still in the tournament come July, but the two teams will have to continue to improve as they progress for this to happen.

To watch Canada in the early rounds of this tournament is to watch a team doing a job, and little more. This brand of football can be dismissed as functional and not the type which will win a tournament, but in truth functional teams can, and often do, end up winning trophies. The Canadians are one of only three teams in the World Cup to have kept a clean sheet in all of their matches so far, after all.

A big test of Canada’s credentials will come against the Netherlands. It will be the first time they have faced a team on a similar level to themselves, and the same can be said of their opponents. Read More

Netherlands vs Cameroon

Netherlands vs Cameroon Preview: The Battle of the Lionesses

Following their unexpected victory at the 2017 European Championship on home soil, the Netherlands have often been regarded as favourites against any opposition. That didn’t change in the build-up to their Group E opener against New Zealand. And although it was billed as a heavyweight mismatch, what followed was anything but.

A defensive masterclass from the Football Ferns stifled the famously deadly Dutch attack, who struggled to pose any real danger and were unable to break down a stubborn backline – until the dramatic dying moments, when substitute Jill Roord finished from close range. The relief was evident, but Sarina Wiegman and her Orange Lionesses will not want to leave it so late against Cameroon.

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New Zealand vs Netherlands

New Zealand vs Netherlands Preview: European Champions the favourites here

When the final day of the first round of fixtures at the Women’s World Cup 2019 commences, we will see New Zealand vs Netherlands in a group E match at Stade Oceane.

While the Football Ferns come into this tournament as the underdogs, the Orange Lionesses arrive as reigning European champions, with some high-quality players at their disposal.

This is New Zealand’s fourth consecutive World Cup appearance after a 16-year hiatus between 1991 and 2007. They haven’t gone past the group stages each time, which really underlines their credentials as the ultimate underdogs. Read More