BLR-W vs ITA-W Dream 11 Team: Cross-over 1 sees third placed Pool A side take on Pool B’s second position holder
Italy Vs Belarus FIH Women’s Pro League Best Dream 11 Team
We are finally into the business end of the third and final leg of the first ever edition of the FIH Series Women’s Finals with the week beginning with the two quarter-final matches. With a spot in the showpiece Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers on the line, these cross-over matches accord massive stature, ensuring that the winner takes one step closer to the glistening trophy.
And beginning proceedings from the dramatic land of the marquee tournament as Italy and Belarus who’ll be facing each other in the first cross-over of the night. Taking on each other are two units who have enjoyed different fortunes up till now.
While Italy enjoyed a pristine league stage, winning their two matches which included a 7-0 pummelling of Thailand, the side put in an exquisite performance, one which did full justice to the high ranking handed over to them by the FIH.
Elsewhere for world number 20 Italy, things didn’t go according to the gameplan. While they began the tournament in dream fashion, seeing past an abject Namibia unit by a massive 7-0 scoreline in their favour, they went on to be destroyed by Spain and more surprisingly Canada. They were completely absent in their culminating league stage match, losing without scoring a goal to see them having to come up against an extremely strong Italian outfit.
Having scored a gigantic 12 goals in their 3 matches and giving away just the three in return, Italy have been without a doubt one of the finest sides in the tournament. They managed to make things jittery for table toppers South Africa as well, taking them all the way before they eventually lost by the one goal.
Belarus haven’t been equally fortunate though. They’ve looked a jaded unit at the back with the defenders losing their cohesion and space to let teams exploit the massive empty spaces in between them. Italy will make the most of this aberration and we see them cruising to a win here.
Goal-Keeper for BLR-W vs ITA-W Dream 11
After having conceded 11 goals, one of the main areas to pin the blame on for Belarus has to be their goal-keeper. And keeping that in mind, we have picked up the shot stopper from Italy, going ahead with Natalia Schinoni for this encounter.
Defenders for BLR-W vs ITA-W Dream 11
One thing is a surety here. The likelihood of Belarus keeping a cleansheet in this match is next to impossible and that sees us pick the only one defender from their side, an attacking option in the form of Ryta Batura.
On the other hand, Italy’s fortunes have been as responsible due to the exquisite showing of the backline as they are of the tremendous attack force. Their defenders have been one of the finest this tournament, imbedding and drilling into the side the perfect foundation to provide the side with perseverance and valour. And given that, we have opted for both Chiara Tiddi and Celina Traverso to come in for us.
Midfielders for BLR-W vs ITA-W Dream 11
We are picking up the two midfielders from either side with us considering a majority of the battle in this match to be contested here. The first player we had on our minds when we entered this segment was Italy’s Maryna Vynohradova, their top goal scorer with the three field goals and one penalty corner.
Complimenting her perfectly and helping her make a way forward into the attacking segment has been Jasbeen Singh and she comes in to partner her in our Dream 11 side as well. Belarus see the two woman partnership of Nastassia Syrayezhka and Nadzeya Slitskaya make an entry for us.
Forwards for BLR-W vs ITA-W Dream 11
Out of the nine goals Belarus have managed to score, Krestine Papkova has been responsible for 9 of them. She’s an extraordinary goal scoring striker, someone who has a particular affinity on dealing an affliction on defenders. She’s not only her side’s but the league’s top scorer as well and there was no hesitation in picking her up.
Italy will score goals by the load and we expect Lara Oviedo and Elisabetta Pacella to be responsible for those. Both come into our side for this match.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Maryna Vynohradova has been selected as the captain’s choice by us while Papkova gets to be the vice-captain.
FIH Women’s Pro League
Match: Italy Vs Belarus, Cross-Over 1
Date And Time: 24th June, Monday- 8:15pm IST
Venue: Estadio Betero, Valencia