The Netherlands vs Canada match on June 15th marks their very last matches in the group stages. Canada are under pressure to keep their top spot in Group A, and Netherlands need to bring a result to make sure they have a solid chance of making it to the knockout stages.
Canada are currently in the top spot of Group A with 4 points after one win and one draw. The host country will need to win this match to secure their place in the knockout stages, and after a disappointing goalless draw with New Zealand, they need to work on turning their attacking opportunities into actual goals.
Captain and forward Christine Sinclair – with 154 international goals – is still a very strong player who draws a lot of attention from opposing defenders. Although she has scored their only goal of the World Cup so far, she will likely need to step up once again if her country have their eyes on a victory.
The Netherlands have made their debut to the Women's World Cup this year, and with 1 win and 1 loss, are stood 3rd in Group A. If they want to solidify their chances of entering the knockout stages, they will have to bring a good fight to tonight's match.
Forward Lieke Martens, with 21 international goals since starting in 2011, scored a memorable goal in their first match against New Zealand, putting them in a 1-0 victory. However, she did not quite how the same strengths in their second match. If they want a chance of making it to the knockout stages and not being eliminated, they will need to bring back the dangerous team they demonstrated in their first match.
Our prediction for the match is 1-0 to Canada. What do you predict? Let us know on our twitter @diamondsoccerus, and use our hashtag #wwc15df.
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