Date: 20th June
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Netherlands vs Canada
Netherlands and Canada head to the Round of 16 after winning their first two matches. During the last World Cup the two teams were held to a 1-1 draw in the group stage.
Over the last four years the Netherlands have greatly improved, with 2015 marking the team’s FIFA Women’s World Cup debut. The Dutch head into the clash with one more goal over Canada so they will need just one point to emerge as the winner of Group E.
There is only one set of players slated to go head-to-head in this game – Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan and Dutch forward Shanice van de Sanden. Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe has earned two clean sheets to open this World Cup. Furthermore, Canadian captain Christine Sinclair has managed to score six goals against the Netherlands. She twice netted a brace, at the 2009 Cyrus Cup and the 2010 Torneio International Cidade de São Paulo.
Canada is undefeated in 12 all-time meetings against the Netherlands. They’ve played to three draws, and the rest were Canadian wins. Their most recent match was a friendly on April 10, 2016, in Eindhoven. Christine Sinclair and Janine Beckie scored in a 2-1 win for Canada, while Stefanie van der Gragt found the back of the net for the Dutch. The teams also played to a 1-1 draw in Montreal during the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.
Cameroon vs New Zealand
Cameroon are looking to pick up their first positive result in the World Cup this year, having lost to both Canada and the Netherlands in their opening two matches of the tournament.
Cameroon and New Zealand are each 0-0-2 with zero points and a minus-three goal differential after the first two rounds of group play. To qualify for the knockout round of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, one side will have to win and hope to be among the best third-place teams, a considerable challenge given the countries’ goal differentials.
It is now 14 games without a win at the FIFA Women’s World Cup for New Zealand, with 11 losses, three draws and no victories although this does represent a good chance for them to get a positive result.
Date: 20th June
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Sweden vs United States
The USA have their first major test of the 2019 Women’s World Cup when they take on Sweden. The no.1 ranked Americans decimated Thailand 13-0 and cruised past Chile 3-0 in their first two matches, while no.9 Sweden handled the same two teams by a combined 7-1 score.
Both USA and Sweden have already qualified for the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, but placement for the Round of 16 will be determined by this result.
Alex Morgan is her country’s standout star in a richly talented forward line. Ellis’ side are littered with attacking talent but 29-year-old Morgan is likely to be among the top scorers for the whole competition.
Thailand vs Chile
Thailand were trashed in their opening matches of the tournament, conceding a total of 18 goals, whilst only scoring once. Therefore, expectations are relatively low coming into this game although they will be looking to salvage some pride.
Chile have also lost their opening matches with their opening match defeat against Sweden followed by a 3-0 loss against USA. They will need to get three points against Thailand to close the gap on goal difference if they want to qualify for round of 16, even then their fate is out of their hands.
Chile have managed to stay competitive to an extent and will fancy their chances of rounding off the group stage with a win. Expect Thailand to show plenty of spirit but they may struggle to break down the Chilean defence and find a way past the excellent shot-stopper Christiane Endler.