NZ vs SPA Dream11 Team: Left in the trenches of the league, Spain and New Zealand look to save face before the tournament culminates
Spain Vs New Zealand FIH Pro League Best Dream 11 Team
Whilst we’ve been engaged in a competitive and feisty battle in the upper half of the table for a spot in the top 4 of the league standings, the lower half of the table has made for sordid viewing. And in today’s opponents Spain and New Zealand, there are perhaps no two better sides who epitomise a poorly executed gameplan this tournament.
Sitting in seventh and eight position respectively, both Spain and New Zealand have been maligned for the way they’ve rummaged through the FIH Pro League. Their fate is a bygone conclusion, one nobody by they themselves have to take accountability for.
Squaring off against each other on Friday night, both these sides will be looking to give their supporters something at long last to cheer about. In a season filled with murky performances and being mauled around by teams, it’s now time for these dwindling sides to find solace with a win against an equally balanced opposition.
The only side to yet record a win in this leg of the FIH Pro League, New Zealand that too away from home don’t inspire much confidence. It’s a side which has little to offer on the pitch, failing to keep out the goals which have been conceded past them faster than they have managed to throw away matches.
Coming off this encounter off a 3-2 win against table toppers, Spain finally got the much needed momentum they were massively searching for. Their win was one of the biggest upset of the marquee tournament, a result which stunned the entire hockey fraternity. Earning laurels for that performance, Spain will be looking to hammer down yet another match winning performance and we see them making light work of New Zealand.
Goal-Keeper for NZ vs SPA Dream11
When you concede 38 goals in 11 matches, picking a goal-keeper from your side is perhaps a questionable decision. However, in New Zealand’s Enersen, we have a shot stopper who has nailed down on a starting spot owing to some tremendous showings and we expect him to deliver another fine performance against Spain.
Defenders for NZ vs SPA Dream11
Having played 13 matches in between them and let in the 78 goals, Spain and New Zealand have been lurking in the trenches of the league table for a reason. There’s a serious dearth of outstanding defenders in both these sides and that sees us opt for the bare minimum of three defenders for our Dream 11 side.
From Spain it’s going to be Romeu and Rodriguez who come in. Responsible for their country’s biggest result in over a year, the two kept making a regular foray into Australia’s box to add the much needed width and numbers which Spain capitalised on. NZ meanwhile will only be represented by Russell.
Midfielders for NZ vs SPA Dream11
We’ll be levelling the playing field here by getting in the two players each from both the sides. This is bound to be goal galore match and the midfielders will be responsible in the build-up play and in ensuring that their strikers are provided with accurate and immaculate service.
Spain’s two selections will be in the form of Lleonart and Salles. Picking two outright choices form the New Zealand set up was a tougher proposition though given the vivid range of fruitful midfielders they’ve. We scoured hard and long for two choices and have decided to ultimately select their mainstays Woods and Mcalsee.
Forwards for NZ vs SPA Dream11
For all their flummoxed performances at the back, the two countries ability to score cannot be doubted. And paired with the floundering variety of the two defences we are going to be indulged in a myriad quantity of goals that sees us pick up Quemada and Gonzalez from Spain while Jenness comes in from the New Zealand outfit.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Spain’s Quemada will be captaining our Dream 11 side with New Zealand’s Woods our vice-captain for this particular encounter.
FIH Pro League
Match: Spain Vs New Zealand
Date And Time: 14th June, Friday- 10:30pm IST
Venue: Club de Campos Villa, Madrid