Women’s World Cup Game Preview: Germany A Favorite Over France
July 5th, 2011- By Alex
In the continuation of Group A play, two titans will collide as Germany and France square off at Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach, Germany on Tuesday.
Germany comes into this game fresh off a 1-0 victory over the extremely physical Nigeria. As expected, it was a grueling, difficult test of wills – which goes a long ways in explaining the low-scoring output. Germany no doubt felt their homefield advantage come through for them, strong, as the Nigerians were showered with boos nearly every time they made a play.
Goalkeeper, Nadine Angerer, was absolutely vital to the German team’s shutout of their opponents. That, coupled with the eventual score by Simone Laudehr proved to be the difference in the game. On the flip side, team captain, Birgit Prinz continued her inexplicable missing in action routine – essentially being a non-factor yet again in her team’s latest win. Things got so bad at one point that Prinz was substituted out for Alexandra Popp – something that the former didn’t take particularly well.
Now, Germany’s head coach, Silvia Neid, has a tough decision to make. Popp clearly deserves the start versus France, but in place of whom?
France, meanwhile, comes into this one with all of the momentum in the world. Drumming the Canadians 4-0, the French side looked like every bit the fierce squad some billed them as coming into this tournament.
Superstar, Louisa Necib was the difference throughout, showcasing her one-of-kind field vision and uncanny ability with the ball every time it arrived at her feet. That, coupled with the help she received from the likes of Camille Abily, Gaëtane Thiney, Marie-Laure Delie and Élodie Thomis was more than enough to thump the Canadian side with no mercy. Without a doubt, this is a statement game for head coach, Bruno Bini, and the rest of the French side. If they can somehow pull off an upset against the Germans on their home territory, they could quickly become seen as the team to beat in this whole tournament.
As blasphemous as it sounds to suggest that the Germans could fall to anyone given all of the advantages that they have, a France victory would not be particularly shocking.
The German team entered this 2011 Women’s World Cup as the heavy favorite to win it all, and as such, will be the favorite in the match up with the French team. Germany enters as a -200 favorite on Women’s World Cup Betting Odds at Bodog Sportsbook to defeat France. France is set on the other side of the betting line, going off at +500. Additionally with the moneyline, a draw option is offered at the end of 90 minutes and regulation, installed with odds at +220.
In addition to the money line, Germany has been set as a one-goal favorite over France on the point-spread line, with both teams set with equal odds at -115 with the handicap.
The over/under goal total for this match up has been set at 2.5 goals.
Coverage of the game between Germany and France can be seen live on ESPN beginning at 2:45 pm Et.