FRA-W vs ML-W Dream11 Team: Malaysia go in as firm favourites when they take on France in the first cross-over match of the showpiece tournament
The first season ever in the Women’s FIH Series Final is all set to welcome its first knock-out match on Thursday with Malaysia and France locking heads against each other. Coming in second place in Pool A with the virtue of 6 points, Malaysia will be taking on third placed France who were lucky to find themselves scrape through to the first cross-over match after hanging onto third place in Pool B.
Having defeated Czech Republic 3-1 and trouncing an abysmal Singapore side, the lone defeat at the hands of Ireland mean Malaysia have to do it the hard way to cement their berth in the semi-finals of the showpiece tournament. However, they’ll be quietly confident of working their magic over France, a side who made it through to this stage after having defeated Scotland earlier on.
France are heading into this pivotal encounter having being defeated by table toppers Korea 1-0 but seeing their superior goal difference against Ukraine enough to carry them all the way. The second lowest ranked side in the league, for world number 30 France, this is the best opportunity in a long time to try and sit on the cusp of a place in the Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers.
While France pulled off a massive win against Scotland, seeing them defeat Malaysia is something we just can’t fathom. France have been guilty of leaking goals and although they put in a much improved and astute defensive showing against Korea, Malaysia will be a whole different proposition altogether.
What Malaysia have brought to the tournament is not only a sublime and grace attacking trio but a defence which has withstand the feistiest of onslaughts on them. Two of their strikers sit in the top 5 goal scorers with 3 goals each, showing just how effervescent a side they are and against France expect them to be at their luscious best. Malaysia should win this easily and advance through to the top 4 to set up a clash against Korea.
Goal-Keeper for FRA-W vs ML-W Dream11
We’ll be picking the French shot stopper, Petriaux here, given how she’s ensured that France’s dearth in their backline is compensated by her alluring saves. She’ll be at her toothsome best come a Malaysian outfit who are bound to pepper her with shots
Defenders for FRA-W vs ML-W Dream11
We’ll begin with the player from France first given that we have decided on the sole option from their side. It’s Marie Simon who has been picked out by us after her perseverance and technical knowhow of the game to offer some kind of semblance to her country’s backline.
Malaysia will be represented by two players here. Rashid and Ruhani not only love doing their defensive duties to perfection but love subsequently carrying the ball and moving down the opposite wings as well. Their pace and ability to pass the ball fruitfully in the dangerous areas could well see them register an assist and give your side a barrage of points.
Midfielders for FRA-W vs ML-W Dream11
Malaysia’s entire midfield trio is going to be included in this facet. The three have been hugely responsible for their side’s unprecedented and rapturous performances and we fully expect them to reverberate those today night as well. Saiuti, Mahd and Sylvester will the identity of our pivot in the centre of the park, a three woman pick who love parking themselves right in the opposition’s box as well as quickly getting back to imbed in the carefully timed tackles.
Another singular pick from France with Garot wrapping up this department of our Dream 11 side.
Forwards for FRA-W vs ML-W Dream11
Onn and Siti have been decided upon by us despite Sumantri being equally impressive. In between them the two strikers have scored the goals galore for Malaysia, with Siti occupying second place in the highest goal scorers with three goals to her name. Together these two have formed a formidable partnership, one which loves pairing up together to pummel defences.
Seillier from the French contingent brings an end to our team selection for this particular encounter.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Malaysia’s Siti is our captain choice on the night while fellow striker Onn will be the vie-captain for us.
Women’s FIH Series Final
Match: Malaysia Vs France, Cross-over 1
Date And Time: 13th June, Thursday- 8:15pm IST
Venue: Banbridge Hockey Centre, Banbridge