SA-W vs SPA-W Dream 11 Team: World number 7 Spain head into the second semi-final of the night as firm favorites against an unpredictable South Africa
South Africa Vs Spain Semi-Final 2 FIH Women’s Series Final Best Dream 11 Team
They entered the culminating leg of the FIH Women’s Series Final as the highest ranked side but the way the tournament has shaped up for them has hardly justified the high status they have been accorded in the international hockey arena. They had to endure the long and arduous route to reach today’s pivotal encounter, that too in unconvincing fashion with a scrappy 1-0 win over Wales.
Spain’s lopsided nature became a known entity since their opening match itself after the country were held to a 1-1 draw by Canada. Ever since then, although they went onto obliterate Belarus 8-2 and Namibia 10-1, the Wales encounter once again brought to the front the ever widening cracks prevalent in the side.
And it’s this narrative which will see South Africa be quietly confident of their chances against the world number 7 ranked side. Barring for a surprise 2-2 draw with Wales in their group stage match, the Africans have been a stable and solid outfit, sealing their berth in the semi-finals by topping Pool B with the 7 points.
Before the start of the tournament, this would have without a doubt been Spain but the way they have dwindled at times and shown lapses in their playing style is what leaves us with a tricky proposition when nailing down on the winner from this encounter.
This is going to be one of the most tightly and feisty contested match in the league up till now, an edge of the seat cliff-hanger which is bound to be asserted by the smallest of margins. At the end of the day we are going to side with Spain to win this one solely on the basis of the slew of attacking repertoire at the disposal which should see them dismiss SA’s defence with disdain.
Goal-Keeper for SA-W vs SPA-W Dream 11
We have decided to stick with South African Phumelela Mbande. She’s up against a side who have goals coming from all areas, a unit which has seamlessly blended in the attacking stoutness all across its line-up. If South Africa are to make this a meal of an encounter and throw the kitchen sink at more at SA, Mbande needs to come good and we envision her doing the same.
Defenders for SA-W vs SPA-W Dream 11
Before we had even started crafting our Dream 11 outfit out, there was one defender we knew we had to indulge into our framework of our playing 11 today. She’s Spain’s defender Lola Riera, their highest scorer and a goal scoring delight. One of the finest takers of a penalty corner, she’s quissential to her side’s fortunes in ensuring a 100% success rate in the pivotal foul with her 4 conversion asserting the same.
We have decided to pin her with Clara Ycart in our playing 11 while from South Africa its only Maizen Marais we have decided to bring in. The Africans have conceded three goals up till now against not some strong attacking teams and against Spain we expect the defence to open up glaring holes and allow the goals to come easily for the opposition.
Midfielders for SA-W vs SPA-W Dream 11
Our side is once again heavily dominated by Spain with us getting in a trio of midfielders from their side. The team has seen the middle of the park emerge as the best area of them, a flawless and reliable facet which helped the side build the foundation of their colossal scores against Belarus and Namibia.
In come the revered Georgina Oliva, Beatriz Perez and Cristina Guinea into our playing 11. The three have amongst them an expansive skill set which should see them pull off a regulation win today, reaffirming their massive standards as a three woman pivot responsible for holding the fort in the centre of the park.
Just the one player once again from South Africa in the form of their mainstay Quanita Bobbs.
Forwards for SA-W vs SPA-W Dream 11
Carlotta Petchame has never left our side when Spain and we are not going to do away with the rampant striker for this one either. She’s stuck it through against the sternest of defences and should scour past South Africa with ease as well.
Berta Bonastre gets to accompany her in our side while completing our side and the selections from South Africa is their top scorer Lilian du Plessis, somehow who could wreck havoc and storm Spain’s castle with her effervescent striking capabilities.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Carlotta Petchame is our captain for this one while Lola has been chosen to be the vice-captain.
FIH Women’s Series Final
Match: South Africa Vs Spain
Date And Time: 26th June, Wednesday- 10:30pm IST
Venue: Estadio Betero, Valencia