Italy vs China World Cup Picks & Predictions 6/25/2019
Women's World Cup
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Stade de la Mosson
Italy will play at Stade de la Mosson when they take on China on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in a Women's World Cup matchup. The opening line for this game has Italy at -127 and China at +321. The bet for a draw has been set at +209.
On Tuesday afternoon, Italy will be hoping that their high-flying attack will be too much for China to handle in their Round of 16 meeting. Italy was 2-1 during the group stages, scoring a total of seven goals while only conceding two. China was 1-1-1 during Group B play, but impressively only gave up one goal against very good attacking sides. Italy will be favored in this matchup, but China does have a chance if its defense plays as well as it did last round.
Italy head coach Milena Bertolini should be very pleased with the way her team played during the group stages, especially in their 2-1 win over a very good Australian side. She will want her team to stay aggressive in this match against China to throw them off their game, but her whole team will know that this game will probably come down to one moment of magic.
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Key Players for Italy:
Barbara Bonansea - The 28-year-old attacker played very well for Juventus this season and her solid play has continued in the World Cup. Bonansea scored three goals during the qualification stages and then went on to score two in Italy's three group stage matches. She'll once again be one of Italy's primary targets around the box in this match against China.
Cristiana Girelli - Girelli has arguably been Italy's top performer so far in this tournament. She scored three goals in the win over Jamaica and she's looked a constant threat when Italy has had the ball. China will probably put a marker on her all game long in this one, so she'll need to be creative to find open spaces and to get some shot attempts off.
The Chinese could not get their offense going last round, scoring just one goal in three games and barely getting into the Round of 16. Still, the world took notice of their excellent team defense, which was as good as any nation over that three-game span. It will be interesting to see how they approach the Italians since this is a knockout game and head coach Jia Xiuquan probably won't want to just sit back for 90 minutes and hope for penalties.
Key Players for China:
Li Ying - Li Ying scored China's lone goal during the group stages and she now has 27 goals in her 110 international appearances. The 26-year-old striker probably won't see too much of the ball in this match, so she will need to make the most of the few opportunities that she gets. She could also use her speed to get behind Italy's defense if China creates some counterattacks.
Wu Haiyan - Wu Haiyan is just 26 years old yet she has plenty of international experience. She will want to tap into all of that experience to keep her team composed when Italy is pushing forward. She is expected to line up in the middle of the defense again in this match, so she'll be tasked with dealing with Italy's top offensive threats.
Who will win tonight's Italy/China World Cup game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Italy -127
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