Netherlands Women to earn qualification

Netherlands Women to earn qualification

Netherlands Women are looking to seal their spots in the knockout stage by winning against Vietnam Women, who already faced elimination. Netherlands is currently at the second of their group standings with four points. However, although they are at the second spot, they still cannot assure their qualification. The Netherlands only have a one point lead with the team at the third, and are still looking for their chance to qualify. As for Vietnam, since they were not able to score a single win, they are already eliminated in the contest. However, despite that record, Vietnam remains hopeful to at least end their campaign positively. This is the very first time that these two teams will meet. Their meeting will be on August 1, 2023, at 3:00 PM (GMT+8).

Netherlands Women

Women's World Cup: Netherlands Women
Photo courtesy of AFP

Netherlands opened their campaign with a narrow 1-0 win against Portugal, which earned them three points. They are fortunate that they were able to win on their first match, as their second match did not end well. Their match against the defending champions, USA, ended in a 1-1 draw which gave them one point. Jill Roord was able to score for the Netherlands, giving them a lead in the first half. However, USA was able to equalize the match, courtesy of Lindsey Horan. A win in this match could earn the Netherlands a qualification in the knockout rounds. If that happens, it will already be the third consecutive time that they qualified for the next round. A single point through this match would guarantee them a qualification. However, as they are also aiming for the top spot, the Netherlands are looking to get all the maximum points they could here.

Stephanie van der Gragt is expected to take her place in the side, although she was being forced off at half time against USA. However, Lineth Beerensteyn remains to be a doubt here, as she was not able to play in their second game due to an injury.

Vietnam Women

Women's World Cup: Vietnam Women
Photo courtesy of VFP

Vietnam on the other hand are one of the first-timers in the World Cup, which is why their results are not that surprising. Their debut game is from a 3-0 loss against the defending champions, USA, before suffering a 2-0 loss against Portugal. All the goals from Portugal are in the first half, and it is just unfortunate that they were not able to climb back from that. That loss rooted Vietnam at the rock-bottom of the group standings, which ended their hopes for the next round. Vietnam no longer have the chance for the next round, but they are still aiming for a win to at least end their campaign positively. Vietnam could gain confidence from the fact that despite losing, their margins are not as huge as expected. Their experience will be helpful for them to improve for the future editions of the World Cup.

Luong Thi Thu Thuong, Le Thi Diem My, and Tran Thi Thu are all patrolling Vietnam’s defense. Meanwhile, Tran Thi Thu Thao, and Hoang Thi Loan are both featuring as wing-backs. Moreover, Tran Thi Hai Linh is expected to be back for their starters after being dropped against Portugal.

Prediction:

Netherlands Women (2.5)
Odds: -0.87

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