BEL-W Vs NZ-W Dream 11 prediction:Belgium look to make one last push for a semi-final spot as they look for other results to turn their way.
With four defeats in their previous five matches, Belgium’s problems have been given birth to by themselves. They have no one but themselves to blame for the fix they find themselves in, being shunted out of a top 4 spot by a German side on the up rise.
And the biggest defeat to Belgium came in their previous encounter against Germany. In what was a must win match for them as they looked to push Germany all the way for a top 4 spot and make things jittery for the German side, Belgium went down 2-1 all bur sealing their exit from the run in for a semi-final. It’s a defeat which leaves them closer to New Zealand in sixth place than Germany in fourth, a result which all but epitomised how things have gone wayward for them.
Elsewhere, their opponents New Zealand haven’t fared any better in the league. Losing 3-2 against Netherlands, they have a familiar streak as Belgium, having being put down 4 times in their last 5 matches. It’s a matchup between two sides who have lost all semblance towards the business end of the tournament, squandering away their finest chance of making it through to the Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers.
While picking a winner from this match is tough, we are going to be siding with New Zealand on the fact that they can atleast find the back of the goal. Belgium have managed a petty 15 goals all season, a travesty which has left them in batters and we don’t see them improving against New Zealand. This could well turn out to be a match New Zealand will win by more than the one goal and cruise through in the end.
In all the matches featuring Belgium, we have gone in with the same goal-keeper and she continues to find a place in our side yet again. Aisling has been one of the finest shot stoppers this tournament, helping Belgium to whatever success they have managed to taste and we see her being fruitful against NZ as well.
For the first time in a long time we are going in with the full slew of four defenders and we’ll begin with our picks from New Zealand. We are extremely confident of keeping Belgium well out of sights and while a cleansheet might not be 100% guaranteed, a barrage of points is a much given proposition.
Keddell, Charlton and Gunson all come into our side on the wake of that. It’s going to be only the singular pick from Belgium with Judith coming in for us.
There aren’t many player who have impressed in the midfield segment from both these countries and that sees us opt for the bare minimum as per the guidelines in place. It’s a two woman partnership from Belgium here as Nelen and Leclef come into our Dream 11 side while Michelsen comes in from New Zealand.
Olivia Merry was always on our sights ever since we started charting out our side for the night and she’s coming in straightaway into our setup. The highest scoring player from both these countries, the striker is one of the finest in the land of the marquee league, someone who has persistently waged a lone battle for her side.
She’ll be accompanied by Pearce while Belgium are going to be represented by Stephanie.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Both the players in this department are from New Zealand with their pristine striker Olivia Merry captaining us while Gunson is the vice-captain.
FIH Women’s Pro League
Match: Belgium Vs New Zealand
Date And Time: 16th June, Tuesday- 8:00pm IST
Venue: Wilrijkse Plein Antwerp, Antwerp
Disclaimer: This team is made on the basis of our research for the game. This XI is what we think would work – you’re free to choose your own XI.