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Women’s World Cup: Norway vs Thailand and Germany vs Ivory Coast TV times and open thread

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Today we head to Ottawa to see the first games from Group B that includes tournament favorites, Germany. Die Nationalelf’s goal is to win 2015 World Cup, but do you agree? Share your predictions and read the ones from our experts.

Norway v. Thailand

1PM ET – FOX
Group B
Lansdowne Stadium – Ottawa

These two teams may be able to cancel each other out. Norway brings a physical defense that will bunker down, while Thailand clogs and stifles the middle of the pitch. Norway faced some struggles in qualifying and had a hard time creating scoring opportunities. Their chances will be further limited by Thailand’s midfield and defense.

Norway holds the upper hand in experience, as it will be Thailand’s first ever World Cup game. Norway will be able to lean on the team’s veterans in their opening game in Canada, something Thailand will certainly be missing.

Germany v. Ivory Coast

4PM ET – FOX
Group B
Lansdowne Stadium – Ottawa

This is the first opportunity to get a look at number one ranked Germany. However, it’s not a tough test to start the tournament opening up against Ivory Coast who sit 64 spots below the Germans in world rankings.

Germany will look to come out strong and fast, score an early goal and then never look back. Las Elephantes will need to have a solid strategy to counter the German machine. Ivory Coast prides themselves on grit, determination and overcoming big obstacles. The goal for this team should be to keep within striking distance of Germany. Do not let them run up the score and look for break out opportunities if the Germans get comfortable.

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

 

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. goatslookshifty

    June 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Got to be honest, the lack of speed and skill of the game is the X factor for me not watching, not the gender. And yeah, I did not watch the England and ROI game for that same reason. Heard that game was the equivalent of watching paint dry.
    Looking forward to the Copa America though.

  2. francis

    June 8, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Sorry, but those Harlem-Globetrotter type mismatches just aren’t that compelling. Hopefully things get better from here.

  3. Blues Guy

    June 8, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Come on boys, we can leave some comments here. Just because it’s not club soccer doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be watching.

    Germany, woosh. They’re gonna be tough to beat.

    • Christopher Harris

      June 8, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Agreed, Blues Guy. I’ve been enjoying the women’s football this weekend. It’s going to be hard to see anyone stopping Germany in this competition.

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