Canada Women relies on experience

Canada Women relies on experience

Canada Women and Nigeria Women kick off their World Cup campaign, with hopes of gaining an advantage from their World Cup experience. Nigeria qualified in all editions of the World Cup, while Canada is now on their eighth World Cup appearance. Canada qualified this season after finishing as the winners of their Group B in the Concacaf Women’s Championship. Nigeria on the other hand qualified in the contest after a 1-0 win against Cameroon in the Women’s Asia Cup of Nations. Moreover, these two teams are meeting each other for the sixth time in their history. Additionally, during the 1995 and 2011 edition of the World Cup, these two teams are also grouped together. The meeting between these two teams will be on July 21, 2023, at 10:30 AM (GMT+8).

Canada Women

Women's World Cup: Canada Women
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Canada is a team who is no stranger when it comes to the World Cup, as they already qualified in the contest for eight times. During the first edition of the contest in 1991, they failed to qualify, but their record in the contest looks optimistic. Their best finish in the World Cup is during the 2003 edition, where they finished the fourth. In 2019, they failed to escape the Round of 16, after reaching the quarter-finals in 2015. Due to this, Canada is hoping to start their campaign strong to bounce back from a disappointing campaign last season. During their friendlies against France, they suffered a 2-1 defeat, which could have been a huge help here, for a good momentum. If Canada wants a strong start, they need to work on their consistency, as it has been their problem over the years.

Canada’s defense will be led by Kadiesha Buchanan, and Vanessa Gilles, as they partner for their squad’s defense line. Meanwhile, they are hopeful to have Jessie Fleming in this match, as concerns arises when it comes to her fitness.

Nigeria Women

World Cup Women: Nigeria Women
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Nigeria on the other hand is a team who qualified in all editions of the World Cup since 1991, the first Women’s World Cup ever. However, their record in the World Cup does not look as good as their opponents. The best finish of Nigeria in the World Cup is a quarter-finals, which happened in 1999, 24 years ago. During the last World Cup in 2019, they managed to reach the Round-of-16, after failing to escape the group stage for four editions. Moreover, Nigeria’s preparation for the World Cup does not look optimistic at all, as they faced several issues. In fact, they were even threatened by a boycott, a not-so-ideal scenario for them. Nonetheless, expect this squad to go all-out despite their struggles due to their issues, after all, they have a world-class players with them.

Chiamaka Nnadozie is expected to lead Nigeria when it comes to goal scoring. Meanwhile, Oluwatosin Demehin, and Onome Ebi are both looking to lead in defense. Meanwhile, Asisat Oshoala is hopeful to carry her team to glory as she leads them in the contest.

Prediction:

Canada Women (2.0)
Odds: -0.88

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