Tuesday’s games introduce Groups F and E to the 2015 World Cup and introduce Spain to the tournament for the first time in the country’s history. France and England are always a great game to watch but Brazil vs. Korea Republic give us our first glimpse of Marta, the five time FIFA World Player of the Year award winner.
France v. England
1 PM – FOX
Moncton Stadium – Moncton
One of the most anticipated matches of any World Cup, it is always interesting when European foes, England and France, face off.
It is hard to know how England will stand in this game as they have been unpredictable against elite teams. In 2014, the Three Lions lost to Germany 3-0 but then bounced back to a 4-0 victory over Sweden. Against top ranked France, they will need to be at their best. France likes to work the flanks and hit shots whenever they see an opening. Les Bleues do not need to be inside the 18 in order to score. England’s defense will need to be highly organized. A high line will be important but if they let France get in behind them they will get burned.
England likes to work the middle of the field and when they have time in the midfield, they can work their way up the field and create opportunities.
Spain v. Costa Rica
4 PM – FOX
Olympic Stadium – Montreal
Many are looking forward to seeing how Spain will fair in their debut World Cup. Their first game against Costa Rica will be a good test. Both of these teams will want to get on the attack early and open the field up.
Spain’s Verónica Boquete will definitely take advantage of any open space. Boquete is a great playmaker in the midfield. She is surrounded by players with skill and a knack for possessing the ball. Boquete will most likely match up with Costa Rica’s Shirley Cruz Traña. This midfield battle will be a matchup to watch.
Costa Rica’s best scoring opportunities will need to come off the counterattack, though do not count out Las Ticas’ ability to play a technical game if they can hold onto the ball.
Colombia v. Mexico
4 PM – FOX Sports 1
Moncton Stadium – Moncton
With Brazil a good bet to sweep the group, games featuring the rest of group F will most certainly decide who else makes it to the knockout stages.
These two teams are evenly matched. Both squads have some special players that can create and score when given opportunities. At the same time, both have shown collapses in the back.
El Tri’s “X Factor” will be Teresa Noyola, who likes to use her pace to drive into the final third before finding target back in the middle. In the end Mexico is the more technical and experienced side.
Brazil v. Korea Republic
7 PM – FOX Sports 1
Olympic Stadium –Montreal
South Korea’s best display came very recently against the United States in a scoreless draw. Korea was able to periodically possess the ball and looked dangerous at times in the final third of the pitch. They realize their scoring chances might be limited so they will not hesitate to rip shots when they have the opening.
Korea may have a hard time containing the dynamic and creative Brazilian offense that includes many superstar game changers. If Brazil can chip in a early goal, they may be able to run away with this game.
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