GER-W vs NZ-W Women’s Pro League Best Dream 11 Team: With the battle for top 4 heating up, little to separate Germany and New Zealand when take on each other in their 13th match
A congested and hectic Sunday in the FIH Women’s Pro League begins with Germany and New Zealand taking on each other. Placed in 4th and 6th place respectively, it’s a clash which has the prospective in it to be a real humdinger. Each and every win counts for just that much more now and expect both these sides to give the least bit away when they take on each other.
Both the sides are heading into the match having recorded wins in their previous outings. Germany had managed to just about survive an onslaught unleashed on them by Great Britain in the second half, one which almost saw them squander away a two goal lead from the first half. In the end it was as close as they get with the German unit coming out with the match with a 4-3 win, one enough to seem the lay a stake to the fourth position.
Elsewhere, New Zealand made the most of what was bound to be the easiest match for them all tournament. They trounced a horrendous USA side 3-0, leaving no stone unturned in increasing their goal difference, something which could make a difference at the end of their 16 matches.
With 15 points, New Zealand have managed to rise only as far as 6th place till now. And in Germany, the identity of their opponent is of a side who are their closest competitor, occupying the final semi-final spot which New Zealand are vying for.
While on the attacking front the two sides have been dutiful with nothing to separate them, it’s on the defensive line where Germany have fared much more fruitfully. They’ve been a solid unit at the back line but their recent matches have seen them leak goals, something New Zealand will be looking to make the most of.
In the end, the experience and slightly better quantity of quality players is what sees us edge Germany for a win on the day. It’s by no means going to be an easy manage but we expect Germany to outscore New Zealand and take with them the 2 points.
Goal-Keeper for GER-W vs NZ-W Dream11
New Zealand’s Grace is the one and obvious choice staring us in the face for this match. With 50 points from her previous clash, she showed how resolute she is when facing a barrage of shots, making the full use of her saving abilities to keep the ball out of her goal.
Defenders for GER-W vs NZ-W Dream11
We’ll be beginning with Germany here given the levels to which Nike Lorenz has impressed us this season. She’s encapsulated the defensive and attacking facet of the game to absolute perfection, intertwining both the departments exuberantly. She’s going to be our first pick with her teammate Janne giving her company for this particular encounter.
Although we see both sides scoring in this match the attack minded nature of their defenders are what sees us pick the four defenders for this particular match. From New Zealand in come Ella Gunson and Samantha Charlton.
Midfielders for GER-W vs NZ-W Dream11
The midfield department is going to be as paper thin as it gets for us. The bare minimum of the three players from the middle of the park are going to make an advent into our side with New Zealand’s Stacey the first player. She’s always got an advert for scoring and amassing a bagful of points and its seen her emerge as the highest scoring player from both the sides.
From the German unit, we are going to be selecting a two player partnership of Grote and Maertans. Well rested the last time around, they should be ready to step out and establish the foundation of a win for their side.
Forwards for GER-W vs NZ-W Dream11
Charlotte and Lena are the two strikers coming in from Germany. New Zealand have a penchant for letting the goals slip into their goal, having let in 31 goals across their matches and it’s an equation Germany are going to love seeing. From New Zealand it’ll be Olivia Merry, the one who has single handidly taken the brunt on herself to keep scoring despite having little to no support.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Merry is going to be our captain while Lorenz is going to be handed over the duties of vice-captain.
FIH Women’s Pro League
Match: Germany Vs New Zealand Women
Date And Time: 9th June, Sunday- 3:30pm IST
Venue: Crefelder Hockey Club, Krefeld