Italy vs Netherlands World Cup Game Picks 6/29/2019
Women's World Cup
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Stade du Hainaut
Italy will play at Stade du Hainaut when they take on Netherlands on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in a Women's World Cup matchup. The opening line for this game has Italy at +234 and Netherlands at +100. The line on the game being a draw has been set at +211.
On Saturday afternoon, Italy will be going up against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Women's World Cup. The Italians came into the tournament ranked 15th in the world, but they exceeded expectations by winning their group and then defeating China 2-0 in the Round of 16. Eighth-ranked Netherlands has yet to lose in this tournament, outscoring its opponents 6-2 during group play before beating a tough Japanese team 2-1 last round.
Italy head coach Milena Bertolini has deployed a pretty defensive game plan in most of the team's matches so far this World Cup. That should be the plan again when the Italians face a very good attacking side in the Netherlands. If they hope to win, the Italians will need to continue to defend well and make the most of the chances they get in front of the Dutch goal. They'll be slight underdogs in this match, but they have a very good chance to make it to the semifinals if they put together another well-rounded performance.
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Key Players for Italy:
Valentina Giacinti - The AC Milan forward was able to score the first World Cup of her career in that win over China and will once again be counted on in this match against the Netherlands. That goal could have been just what she needed, too, since she is known for scoring in spurts after putting up 212 goals in 21 games during this past domestic season.
Elena Linari - Italy is going to need a near-perfect game from Linari in the middle of its defense. She has played very well in this tournament so far, but she'll be facing some excellent Dutch forwards who are both pacey and strong. If the 25-year-old can stay composed throughout the match and keep her teammates in line, Italy will have a chance to move forward.
The Dutch are coming off of one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament so far in that 2-1 win over Japan, but they'll probably need to play a bit better if they want to beat this Italian side. They did have a good amount of the possession in that game, but they weren't able to put many shots on goal and it was one of their weakest defensive performances in recent months. If they play like they did during the group stages, though, they have a good chance to win this match.
Key Players for the Netherlands:
Lieke Martens - As expected, Martens has been the focal point of the Dutch attack throughout this World Cup. The winger gives opposing defenders headaches with her quick feet and her pinpoint crossing. She scored both goals in the win over Japan last round, her first two in this tournament after scoring four during qualifiers.
Dominique Bloodworth - The 24-year-old defender has been one of the Netherlands' most consistent players so far in this tournament. She has done a great job shutting down opposing attacks and turning defense into offense with quick and accurate passes up the field. Expect more of the same in this match against Italy.
Who will win tonight's Italy/Netherlands World Cup game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Netherlands +100
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