NZ-W vs USA-W Dream11 Prediction : Last placed USA turn to home comfort as they look to wrap up a dismal league with a few wins
USA Vs New Zealand Women’s FIH Match Best Dream 11 Team
13 matches, just the 2 wins and this tournament couldn’t have gotten any worse for USA. They’ve been flummoxed throughout the tournament, suffering a horrid time in the FIH Pro League Women’s League, a showing that has curtailed their chances of progressing through quite some time back.
For sixth place New Zealand, the reading hasn’t made for a too pleasant viewing event either. With just 12 points from 11 matches, while they are still in with a shout for a top 4 place, the equation is one that is stiffly against them. They need to win all their remaining 5 matches and wish the teams above them go a losing spree, a scenario that looks unlikely at the best.
The last time the two sides had squared off against each other with New Zealand trashing USA 5-0 in a scintillating attacking display.
Individual recent results see USA come into the match having won their first match of the tournament in normal time after defeating China 3-1. New Zealand had last rummaged through the tournament more than a month back when a 5-1 defeat at home against arch rival Australia severely hampered their chances of progressing through.
Both sides have failed to impress in this edition of the league, faltering way too severely at critical moments. The defensive problems have been way too many for both the sides with the defensive acumen lacking massively in both the sides.
It’s a battle of equals at the bottom of the league but we see New Zealand coming out of this with a win. The last time they had played USA in USA, the result couldn’t have been any more lopsided and given the way the country has shown improvement in away matches, they should take home the three points today as well.
Our side will be equally balanced though with New Zealand slightly edging USA in the attacking facet of the game.
Goal-Keeper for NZ-W vs USA-W Dream11
Grace O’Hanlon will come into our side solely on one reason. We just don’t see USA scoring too many goals in this match and the shot blocker should benefit from that. If she can replicate her player of the mach performance against China, a match where she saved the match for her side with two brilliant saves, she could prove to be quite the buy on the night.
Defenders NZ-W vs USA-W Dream11
Having leaked a massive 37 goals, USA’s defence along side’s China has been one of the saddest this season. There’s hardly any cohesion among the back line with the defenders leaving way too many open spaces as they lose composure to allow sides to traverse through seamlessly. There’s no chance that they are going to shut out New Zealand, a side they shipped 5 goals against previously and we’ll only be selecting Julia Young from the side given her attacking capabilities.
We are going to stack our side heavy with New Zealand defenders and the first defender we are going to be selecting is Ella Gunson. She has added the much needed stability to her side, holding the team together on various occasions. The world number 6 side will be confident of their chances of shutting out USA completely given their opposition has managed a meagre 13 goals all tournament. Liz Thompson and Samantha Charlton will complete the trip of defenders we are going to opt from the side.
Midfielders NZ-W vs USA-W Dream11
Even in moments of adversary, Stacery Michelsen has emerged as a real rock for New Zealand The experienced campaigner has brought along with her a well versed knowledge of the game, something that has seen her break up attacks with consummate success along with proving to be a more than capable ball carrying player as well. We are going to select her and Amy Robinson from the Black Sticks.
This is going to be a department where USA is going to feature heavily in our side as well. We’re going to go in with all their mainstays, players who have been retained in the setup as they keep waging a lone battle despite the tepid performances around side them. Holding a vigil in our Dream 11 side will be Lauren Moyer, Anna Dessoye and Linnea Gonzales.
Forwards NZ-W vs USA-W Dream11
Kathleen Sharkley from USA and Olivia Merry from New Zealand. With both the sides failing to find another striker who has proved to be fruitful for them, these two are guaranteed starters match in and match out and they’ve ensured they take the accountability on themselves to come up with the goals as well each time around.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Both our picks will be from New Zealand’s Black Sticks for this encounter with striker Olivia Merry getting the captain’s responsibility while Gunson in defence will be the vice-captain.
FIH Pro League Women’s League
Match: USA Vs New Zealand
Date And Time: 2nd June, Sunday- 4:30am IST
Venue: Spooky Nooks Sports, Lancaster