GER-W vs NED-W FIH Match Best Dream 11 Team: Unstoppable Netherlands look to make the most of a crumbling Germany side
The one country who have stood out this edition of the Women’s FIH Pro League have undoubtedly been Netherlands. After having trounced Great Britain 2-0 in their backyard on Saturday, the side made a massive stride towards consolidating their position for a spot in the eventual FIH Pro League final series and the qualifier for the upcoming 2020 Japan Olympics.
The rich spree of form which Netherlands have showcased to the world hasn’t been surprising though. The side are world champions for a reason, possessing in their artillery an abundance of specialist and exceptional players who’ve not let their standards vary by even the slightest of margins. On Tuesday, they’ll be finding an opponent in Germany who have upturned their fortunes massively in the last few matches.
Coming off a massive 4-0 win against Belgium, Germany not only closed the margin of difference between themselves and Belgium in fourth place but also showed how flawless a side they’ve become off late. They’ll be looking to carry that same momentum into their match against Netherlands today and give their opposition a real run for their goods.
The two countries played each other almost two months back in a competitive and feisty encounter where Germany in their worst period managed to put on a real fight against Netherlands. Ultimately the one goal was enough for Netherlands to come out with a win from that match.
Despite Netherlands being the team to beat this year, in Germany they are going to find an opponent who will throw the kitchen sink and more at them. This is a side who have to be accorded with massive plaudits to rope themselves right back in the reckoning for a place in the semi-finals, someone Netherlands will know they can’t offer any kind of breathing space.
With both sides having worldclass forwards in their side, it is eventually going to be the side who puts on a better front in the defensive facet finding themselves on the better rub of the green. Spaces will be far and few in between to exploit, the astute defensive acumen will be a sight to watch and the strikers will have to be at their exquisite best to find the goal.
Ultimately, we just envision Netherlands having too much in their possession in the backline to register their 9th win of the league. They are way too strong and established and should edge out what we consider to be a real skirmish on the day.
Goal-Keeper for Dream 11
Given the way both these countries have shuffled around with their last line, picking a goal-keeper for the match is a tricky proposition. We’ll be eventually settling for Josine Koning from Netherlands given that she’s found a place for herself in Netherlands side in their past couple of matches.
Defenders for Dream 11
Having built the defenders up so heavily previously, it is but obvious that we’ll be indulging ourselves in a slew of defensive minded players from both the sides. We’ll begin our pick with players from Netherlands, a side which has over the course of their 9 matches ended up giving away a petty 4 goals.
Mainstay Caia Van Maasker comes in without a second thought and accompanying her will be Lauren Stam and Ireen to form a trio of defenders from the country. Germany are going to have two players representing us in this department as well given how the defence has uprising lately with Nike Lorenz and Janne are two picks.
Midfielders for Dream 11
Probably the weakest area from both the sides, the midfielders have yet to live up to the tall standards they’ve been taken to. However, Netherlands centre of the park players have still offered much more solace than Germany’s defensive midfielders and its them who we are going to indulge ourselves more in here.
Coming in from Netherlands will be the pairing of the attack minded and the more defensively astute Pheninckx and Waard. The two have in between them helped stabilise an important area for their side, carrying the ball forward when needed to intercept defences with clinical assists along with breaking up attacks with fruition in between them. The sole pick from the German outfit will be that of Grote.
Forwards for Dream 11
Although we are sure certain of the defenders talking home the bulk points, the way Matla and Stapenhot from Netherlands and Germany unleashed an onslaught on the opposition the previous time around, we’ll be foolhardy to ignore them. Both are going to wrap up our sides here with us expecting them to in between them to score a couple of goals for us.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Frederique Matla will be our captain for the night while defender Maasakker is going to be our vice-captain pick as we continue to select the same picks from the Netherlands as last time.
FIH Pro League Women’s League
Match: Netherlands Vs Germany Women
Date And Time: 4th June, Tuesday- 9:00pm IST
Venue: HC Oranje-Rood, Eindhoven