ML-W vs CZR-W Dream11 Team: Potential Pool A shaper set to begin proceedings in the tournament on Tuesday
Placed second and third in the group respectively, Malaysia and Czech Republic face off on Tuesday in the Women’s FIH Series Final in a pivotal match which could decide their final positions in the league. Certain of a place in the crossover matches for a place in the semi-finals, the culminating Pool A encounter for both these sides will ascertain who occupies position two and three.
Ranked 22 in the world, Malaysia have been one of the biggest surprise package of the revered tournament. Defeating Singapore 12-0 in the biggest defeat inflicted on a side till now in the showpiece event, they put on a brave front against Ireland as well, losing by just the one goal in the end. With a goal difference of +11, they sit pretty in second place and will be looking to nail down the spot come today.
Elsewhere Czech Republic have been the biggest topsy turvy side from the pool. They pummelled Singapore 5-0 but showed they are far from the finished unit after Ireland taught them in a big lesson in a runaway 8-1 win. The glaring holes at the back are well visible, one they’ll need to address before today evening’s match.
Given the form both these sides have shown up till now in the tournament, there is only one clear cut winner. Its Malaysia who are by some distance looking the more likelier side to come out of this match with the three points and mount the pressure on Ireland who follow up after their match.
This is bound to be a high scoring match, one where we could easily see both the sides score a minimum of three goals. What serves Malaysia better is their iron clad defence, one that has let in just the single goal this marquee tournament and we expect them to be at the forefront against Czech Republic as well. Malaysia should win this match comprehensively.
Goal-Keeper for ML-W vs CZR-W Dream11
Brizova from Czech Republic is going to be our pick from the day. There are two reasoning behind this pick with us expecting him to encounter an onslaught of shots and the fact that we need to pick up a minimum of four picks from either side.
Defenders for ML-W vs CZR-W Dream11
Jovakova and Koziskova from Czech Republic all come in for us. Despite letting in 8 goals against Ireland, they’ve gotten points in double figures, one testament to their strong defensive capabilities.
With just 1 goal let in between them, there was hardly any pondering over the Malaysian players who we have picked up unanimously. Czech Republic know they can’t climb any further in this pool and with eyes on the knock-out stages, they might be looking to rest a slew of key players. This will see Malaysia be represented by Ruhani and Din.
Midfielders for ML-W vs CZR-W Dream11
The two players from Malaysia for us in the middle of the park with Mahd and Awang being our choices. Czech Republic have the sole selection but it’s a player who has impressed the most for their side. Decsyova has shown immense perseverance, rendering opposition attacks redundant and she should be at it again against Malaysia.
Forwards for ML-W vs CZR-W Dream11
12 goals against Russia mean that the two woman partnership of Onn and Sumantri are making an advent into our side. They have a penchant for finding the goal, traversing past defences with such pace, fluidity and guile and if they are at their finest once again, they’ll be cleaning up Czech Republic with consummate ease.
Hajkova from Czech Republic is wrapping up our side from the day’s opening match.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Malaysia’s Onn is our captain while Din in defence for them is the vice-captain pick.
Women’s FIH Series Final
Match: Malaysia Vs Czech Republic, Pool A
Date And Time: 11th June, Tuesday- 4:30pm IST
Venue: Banbridge Hockey Centre, Banbridge