GER-W vs NED-W Dream 11 Team: Top ranked Netherlands look certain favourites to make light work of a Germany side who had to huff and puff to make it this far
Netherlands Vs Germany Semi-Final 1 FIH Women’s Pro League Best Dream 11 Team
They entered the coveted FIH Women’s Pro League having been accorded with the World Cup winners’ trophy and the number one ranking in the world and the way Netherlands have scoured through the league stages has only epitomised why they are regarded as so highly. Having lost only the one match out of 16 in their league stage encounters, the side garnered 45 out of a possible 48 points, cleaning apart sides with their exuberant brand of hockey.
Now taking on Germany today as they look to make it all the way into the final, a spot no one is more deserving of than them, Netherlands go into the crucial encounter as solid favourites. While they have been resolute as ever at the back, letting slip by only 10 goals in 15 matches, the attackers have equally complimented the backline.
With a massive 41 goals scrimmaged till date, Netherlands have been an unstoppable match for any team they have encountered till date. What does serve their opponents on the day well though is the fact that Germany’s recent uprise in the league saw them descend on a strong winning spree, one which was made fruitful with their own 34 goals.
Despite all their meticulous and rousing performances, resonating the same persistent winning equation time and time again, the one team Netherlands always found it tough against was Germany. They managed to take the full 6 points from the two matches but were always pushed to the last of their repertoire, winning the two contests by a margin of 1-0 and 2-1.
And it’s exactly this narrative which will give Germany confidence today of making this match a jittery one for Netherlands. However, the best teams are those who show composure and win the toughest of matches, something which Netherlands have precisely done. They’ve been a testament to pinch perfect hockey and we see them winning this won in the wake of their extremely well rounded goal scorers.
Goal-Keeper for GER-W vs NED-W Dream 11
The toughest department for us today given that no side has been able to nail down on a permanent goal-keeper across all their league stage matches, we have decided to opt for Germany’s Julia Sonntag. She’s played in recent times and as her side’s confidence in her has grown, so have her performances which see us repose faith in her as well.
Defenders for GER-W vs NED-W Dream 11
The foundation and fulcrum of her side, Caia Van Maasakker has been the one of the finest exponents of not only her side but also of the showpiece event. A true worldclass performer, she’s regaled us in some terrific performances in both her own box but also in the opponents’ side as well. With six penalty corners to her name, she’s made a name for herself as the performer of the tournament and becomes the first player to come in for us here.
She’ll be paired up by two of her fellow defenders in the form of Ireen Van Der Assem and Sanne Koolen, that’s how confident we are of Netherlands shutting out Germany in the night’s match. From Germany we have just the one pick in the form of Nike Lorenz but a pick whose performances have spoken volumes about her worth.
She’s Germany’s own reply to Caia, a defender with a penchant to finding the goal with the 5 goals to her name. If Germany are to make a meal out of this one, she is going to hold a massive role in that and we do see her coming good on the day.
Midfielders for GER-W vs NED-W Dream 11
A little short of budget given that we have eyed two strikers we need to imbed in our side at any cost, we have gone for the cheap but effective options here. At 8 credits, Amelie Wortmann from Germany is a safe little bet, someone we are confident of doing a neat little job for us.
From Netherlands we had to accord a massive payday to Xan de Waard and Laura Nunnink, that’s how much we have been captivated by their dutiful and frantic performances.
Forwards for GER-W vs NED-W Dream 11
6 field goals, 2 penalty corners and 1 penalty to her name to take her tally to the 9 goals, second on the list of the highest goal scorers. These are numbers which are a testament to the profound role Frederique Matla has played in her outfit’s consummate success and she like every match comes into our side unanimously.
We are partnering her up with Kelly Jonker today while from Germany it’s their highest goal-scorer with the 6 in the form of Charlotte Stapenhorst.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Caia has been chosen as our captain without second thoughts while Matla gets to be the vice-captain for this one.
FIH Women’s Pro League
Match: Netherlands Vs Germany
Date And Time: 27th June, Thursday- 11:30pm IST
Venue: Wagener Stadium, Amsterdam