JPN-W vs POL-W Dream11 Prediction: Poland look to put down hosts Japan with one eye on a semi-final berth in the Japan leg of the league.
The second leg of the FIH Women’s Series Final is down to its business end with Thursday commencing the knock-out stages. We the quarterfinals upon us and beginning proceedings in the two crucial encounters will be hosts Japan and Poland as they look to make it to the next round of the prestigious tournament.
Poland find themselves having qualified for the cross-over match after having ended in second position in Pool A behind India. Although their place in the pool was confirmed after India took over the pool, obliterating teams with their terrific attacking display, the 0-0 draw against Uruguay to end their group stage proceedings would have hurt Poland.
The match epitomised a clear weakness in the Polish unit, their lack of clinical finishing upfront which could play a big hindrance going forward in the tournament. What would give the solace though is that in opponents Japan, they have a side who have endured a similar fate in the striking department.
Apart from their culminating 6-0 win over Mexico, Japan managed to score just three goals in their previous two encounters, something which doesn’t bode well for the host country of not only this leg but also the Olympics scheduled for next year. Come a match which holds massive ramifications for both the countries, the two will be looking to address the gaping holes in the one rest day accorded to them on Wednesday.
JPN-W vs POL-W Dream11 Prediction
Probable Winner for JPN-W vs POL-W
With Japan already assured a spot in the Japan 2020 Olympics by virtue of being the home side, the onus is all on Poland to win this match. With a world ranking of 23, they know that finding a spot in the Olympic Qualifiers slated for later this year is going to be extremely difficult, something they can’t afford to rely on.
We see this being an extremely competitive and closely fought encounter with the barest of margins deciding the winner at the end of the final minute. The only reason we see Japan winning this is their just so ever slightly better attacking facet, one which should curtail Poland’s journey in the league.
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Goal-Keeper for JPN-W vs POL-W Dream11
Picking a winner from this segment was a no brainer for us. Anna Gabara has been responsible for her side’s resolute showing at the back and with the consistency she’s delivered, we have no doubts that she’s going to be amongst a rich haul of points once again.
Defender for JPN-W vs POL-W Dream11
Having conceded just 9 goals in 6 matches in between them, both the units have their resilient defensive units for making it this far in the tournament. They’ll be at the forefront of their side’s showings once again come Thursday and it’s this potential narrative that sees us pick up a duo of defenders from both the countries.
From the Polish side come in Rybacha and Balcerzak while the Japanese will be represented by Kozuka and Asai in our Dream 11 line-up.
Mid-fielder for JPN-W vs POL-W Dream11
We’ve gone with the bare requisite of only the three midfield options here given the lacklustre displays both the sides have shown in the middle of the park. It’s an area which is the weakest for both the units, one which has failed to perform its duties and provide the much needed service and support to the front line.
It’s going to be a partnership from the home side in the form of Nagai and Mano for us while from Poland we have decided to pick by Strubbe, a dependable player who has performed irrespective of her compatriots’ showings.
Forwards for JPN-W vs POL-W Dream11
With three goals to her name, two field goals and the one penalty corner, Yamashita was the first name on our mind when he started picking out the forward line. She’s been responsible of whatever Japan have managed to garner upfront and we are going to rely on her to deliver the goods for us once again.
Nagai is going to be her partner on the day while from Poland, Blaszyk wraps up our Dream 11 side.