ARG-W vs BEL-W Dream 11 Team: Second placed Argentina take on an inconsistent but tricky Belgium side in their concluding league stage match
Belgium Vs Argentina FIH Women’s Pro League Best Dream 11 Team
After a solid and steady start to the FIH Women’s Pro League, Belgium have been left facing the ramifications of a tepid second half. Losing matches on a persistent basis, the country failed to rectify the ever pertinent issues in their side, ones which took precedence over everything else to end their chances for a top 4 spot.
Now the final four spots sealed, Belgium who were always playing the catch up game find themselves left to suffice with fifth position. It’s been a sorry state of affairs for them, one which saw them register five straight defeats before they finally managed to stem the rot with a win over Australia in their previous match.
Their opponents Argentina meanwhile have had things completely opposite. Te second half was when their resurgence was given birth, going on a spree to assure themselves on climbing all the way to second place in the standings. It was a terrific spree, one which saw them push Netherlands close as well, just about slipping in the end to lose 2-1 in their recent clash with the table toppers.
While the Belgium defence has tilled managed to stand firm and hold its own, the attacking department is one that has been responsible for their wayward spiral out of the semi-final berths. They’ve managed to score a lowly 20 goals all through the tournament, an agonising figure which leaves them out of a spot for the Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers.
Now taking on Argentina, a side who have let in just 19 goals, the reading doesn’t make for a favourable one for Belgium. They’ll massively struggle to score once again in a match where the finest of margins will come to the fore. Argentina should manage to scrape by to a win here in a match that promises to be a skirmish.
Goal-Keeper for ARG-W vs BEL-W Dream 11
There was only the one obvious choice staring us in the face when we began building our Dream 11 side in this compartment. Belgium’s Aisling D’Hooghe has more than double the points than her nearest counterparts and we had no second thoughts in picking her up.
Defenders for ARG-W vs BEL-W Dream 11
This is bound to be a competitive and feisty encounter, one where we see the defenders coming to the forefront from either side. Expect goals little and thin in between given the hoard of defensive astuteness and acumen that both the sides backline bring forward to the table.
And staying true to this narrative, we are going to incur the maximum number of defenders in our side, something we hardly opt for. It’s a trio from Argentina who walks into our set up for the day without any hesitation if the form if Silvina D’Elia, Sofia Toccalino and Lucina Von Der Heyde. The three have amongst them curtailed anything thrown and them and against a Belgium side who can hardly stick together two successful attacks together, we are confident of these three getting points galore.
Belgium themselves are a resolute defensive side and should be looking to imbed one final sublime and illustrious performance to remember them by. Judith Vandermeiren and Ema Puvrez are the names we are banking on to render the opposition’s attack obsolete on the day.
Midfielders for ARG-W vs BEL-W Dream 11
It’s a two woman pick from Belgium given the dearth of options from Argentina. Although we don’t see us getting too many points in this department from the two picks, the guidelines of the game see us needing to indulge in the three midfielders and that’s what gives birth to our predicament.
However after much pondering, we have picked on Alix Gerniers and Barbara Nelen from Belgium and Rosario Luchetti from Argentina. Among them, we do see the three getting in excess of 100 points in a match where the defensive midfielders will make the strikers huff and puff.
Forwards for ARG-W vs BEL-W Dream 11
The one selection from either side with Stephanie Vanden Borre from Belgium and Agustine Albertarrio from Argentina. Relatively new prospects for their side, they have been on the ascendancy in the second half of the tournament, outdoing defences with their quick movement and an eye to always find the goal with pinch perfect shots.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Silvina D’Elia has been chosen as the captain’s choice while the vive-captain’s role goes to Agustine Albertarrio
FIH Women’s Pro League
Match: Belgium Vs Netherlands
Date And Time: 23rd June, Sunday- 7:00pm IST
Venue: Wilrijkse Plein Antwerp, Antwerp