NGA-W vs FRA-W Dream 11 prediction:Nigeria, who have won only 1 game so far are still in contention to qualify but they’ll have to overcome French giants, and at the same time hope for a miracle from Korea who’ll face Norway.
The fixtures in the Women’s World Cup come fast and hard, as favourites France are set to host Nigeria in the third round of Group A. France have won both their games in the group, defeating Norway 2-1 and South Korea 4-0. Apart from USA, France look in pole position to win this edition.
Goalkeepers for NGA-W vs FRA-W Dream 11
I’ve chosen Sarah Bouhaddi as my goalkeeper for the game. The 32 year old is a seasoned international and has played at the big stage for her club and country – Olympique Lyonnais throughout her career. She’s won the Champions League thrice in a row with Lyon and has been incredibly consistent for her country, too.
Defenders for NGA-W vs FRA-W Dream 11
For this tie I’ve selected 3 defenders, two of which are from France. My first pick is Wendie Renard. The French center back is the tallest player tha World Cup and has incredible strength. Not only is Wendie a very good defender, she’s a threat from set pieces, too. In the opening game against Korea, she netted home two headers from two dead ball situations with ease. Renard was having another solid game against Norway but was the unfortunate scorer of an own goal. The Nigerian team isn’t the best at defending set pieces and Wendie will take full opportunity of that.
Right back Marion Torrent is my second selection. The number 4 is quick, attacking and can ping in a cross better than anyone in her team. With the presence of forwards like Gaëtane Thiney, Valerie Gauvin and Kadidiatou Diani her attacking prowess will be on display yet again. Torrent is an excellent defender, too, and kept Guro Reiten – Norway winger – at bay throughout the 90 minutes.
It’s true that Nigeria had a bit of luck in their win against South Korea, but it also had excellent displays from their goalkeeper, and right back. Chidinma Okeke, Nigerian right back completes my backline for the game. She’s incredibly quick and has the eye for a pass. Her assist in the same game is a testament to that.
Okeke is also an incredible tackler and it is really difficult for a winger to get past her. After their center back Faith Ikidi was subbed out because of an injury, the 18 year old was called into action. She’ll face a very tough challenge coming up against Eugenie Le Sommer, but we can all expect her to give her a tough time.
Midfielders for NGA-W vs FRA-W Dream 11
For my first pick, I’ve gone for someone who is quite possibly the best players at the tournament – Eugenie Le Sommer. The 30 year old is incredibly adept with playing anyone across the frontline, but usually starts at the left wing for France.
Sommer opened France’s scoring account in the tournament and has been their best player thus far. She also scored the winner against Norway in what was a cracker of a game. Her experience at the highest level with Lyon comes in handy for France at the World Cup.
There is a very good chance that Eugeine will end up top scorer for France and even the Golden Ball winner if they win the World Cup. For all the aforementioned reasons, she is my Captain for the game.
Amendine Henry is my second choice in the team. The French captain is a clutch player for her team and gets goals to her name despite playing central midfield. She is an absolute leader and shows to it, too. Her contributions in midfield were evident against Norway after the opposition had scored an unlikely equaliser.
Also a Champions League winner, Henry is everything a modern central midfielder wants to be. Dribbling, passing and ability from dead balls, Amendine is the Total package.
My third pick is Elise Bussaglia. Naturally a central midfielder by trait, she can also play attacking midfield and if need be on the wing. Her experience in the sport helps her guide other players in the team. Bussaglia signed for Barcelona two years ago and has earned herself a starting spot for them, too. She is also a set piece expert and score from direct free kicks if given the chance.
Rita Chikwelu completes my midfield quartet. Nigeria’s #10 is an attacking midfielder who starts at central midfield for the nation and moves her way ahead. She can fill in for wingers and has a confirmed starting spot for Nigeria. Chikwelu has incredible playmaking abilities that are supplemented by the pace of her forwards, including accurate long balls. Renard might be the tallest player at the cup, but Rita’s long balls and attacking runs from Nigerian forwards will give her a hard time.
Forwards for NGA-W vs FRA-W Dream 11
My attacking trio consists of Gauvin, Fransisca Ordega and Desire Oparanozie.
Gauvin hasn’t started all games for France but her amazing performance against Norway is sure to have earned her a spot in the next games. Gauvin is tall, fast and can take good shots from distance. She also has scored one goal for her team in the tournament, and is looking for more. If not starting, she’s sure to come off the bench like she did against Korea. Thiney is an alternative to Gauvin, and is a comparatively safer bet since she’s started both games.
The only reason I’ve gone for Ordega is because i wanted to carve space in my team for Gauvin which wouldn’t be possible because of her high price. Other than that, Ordega is a pacy winger who started as a RW for Nigeria in both their games. She’s yet to contribute directly to any goals but has definitely looked like a threat for fullbacks.
My last pick for this game is Nigerian Captain Oparanozie. Desire is a young striker but her experience in Europe has helped her earn the captain’s armband for Nigeria. She’s the starting striker for her team and is most dangerous during counter attacks. Her incredible speed might just be the key for Nigeria against what are rather slow French center backs.