Jamaica vs Italy Expert World Cup Picks 6/14/2019
Women's World Cup
Friday, June 14, 2019
Stade Auguste-Delaune II
Jamaica will head to Stade Auguste-Delaune II when they face Italy on Friday, June 14, 2019 in a Women's World Cup matchup. The opening line for this game has Jamaica priced at +1090 and Italy coming in at -840. The draw is +603.
On Friday afternoon, Italy will be looking to lock down one of the top two spots in Group C when they take on Jamaica at Stade Auguste-Delaune. Italy was able to pick up their first victory in World Cup play in 20 years when they defeated Australia thanks to a late goal in extra time. Jamaica had a tough go of it against Brazil in their opening fixture, losing 3-0. Italy will be huge favorites going into this one as they have superior skill all over the pitch.
Most soccer fans knew that Jamaica would struggle considering that they are one of the lowest-ranked teams at the World Cup, but they'll still want to play better than they did against Brazil in their opening fixture. They have an up-tempo style that could cause Italy some problems, but they're going up against another very good defensive unit.
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Key Players for Jamaica:
Khadija Shaw - Jamaica might not have a solid all-around team, but they do have one of the top strikers in Shaw. She wasn't able to score a goal in that opening match versus Brazil, but she led the qualifiers with 19 goals and will be looking to get back on the scoresheet against Italy. If Jamaica can push forward a bit more in this game, expect Shaw to create some chances.
Sydney Schneider - The only reason why Brazil wasn't able to score more than three goals against Jamaica is because of goalkeeper Sydney Schneider's excellent performance. If they are going to have any chance to beat Italy in this one, Schneider will have to put together great game. That is a tall ask, though.
After missing the last four World Cups, Italy came out with a bang this time around with their very impressive performance against Australia earlier this week. They're now on a three-game winning streak and should be very confident going into this match with Jamaica. Coach Milena Bertolini and her team have a very good chance to make it to the next round, especially if they do as expected and pick up the win in this game.
Key Players for Italy:
Sara Gama - Italy is a very defensive team Gama is their best defensive player. She seemed composed and led the back line well against Australia and will be counted on to do that throughout the tournament. Italy should have good possession numbers in this game, but the veteran defender will still need to play well when Jamaica uses their speed on counters.
Barbara Bonansea - Bonansea had the most memorable game of her international career against Australia, scoring two of both goals, including the key 95th-minute winner. The 28-year-old striker now has 20 goals for this Italian side in just 42 appearances (34 starts). She will definitely be looking forward to this game against Jamaica's defense and it wouldn't be surprising if she is able to score one or two more in this match.
Who will win tonight's Jamaica/Italy World Cup game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Italy -840
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