2019 Women's World Cup: Which groups present greatest U.S. risk

2019 Women's World Cup- Which groups present greatest U.S. risk

2019 Women's World Cup: Which groups present greatest U.S. risk 

The Post's Brian Lewis separates the groups, players and diversions to look for in the 2019 ladies' World Cup. 

Five Favorites 

US: The Americans' three Women's World Cups are more than some other nation, and an effective title guard would give them the same number of as the remainder of the whole field consolidated. With a shame of assaulting wealth, they've changed to a 4-3-3 to shoehorn advances Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe into the lineup — and double cross FIFA Player of the Year Carli Lloyd into a supersub job as a reinforcement striker. 

France: There have dependably been inquiries concerning France's mindset, and whether they have figured out how to win. In any case, a fourth-seeded group this talented facilitating the competition could get them over the top. Champs of five of six, including a 3-1 defeat of the U.S. in January, France is driven by Amandine Henry and striker Eugenie Le Sommer, whose three objectives were a group high at the 2015 Women's World Cup. 


Germany: The Die Nationalelf are hoping to coordinate the U.S. aggregate with three titles. As the prevailing Olympics champs — and No. 2 in the FIFA rankings — they have a genuine shot. They'll be salty in the wake of seeing their keep running of six straight European titles snapped, and have Ballon d'Or Feminin finalist Dzsenifer Marozsan at No. 10 and Alexandra Popp and Lea Schuller scoring. Be that as it may, how is the keeping? 

Britain: After the Three Lions made the World Cup elimination round, the third-seeded Lionesses have a shot at doing likewise — or better — behind chief Steph Houghton and first class safeguard Lucy Bronze. Ex-Manchester United man Phil Neville comprehends what he's doing and has ingrained a conviction and winning edge. They outscored their enemies 29-1 in qualifying and won the SheBelieves Cup, drawing the U.S. what's more, beating Brazil and Japan. 

Netherlands: Are they an accident or the games' nouveau riche? We'll discover. After very little history and a poor 2015 World Cup, the Netherlands won the 2017 UEFA Women's Euros to snap Germany's 24-year stranglehold. The trio of 2017 World Player of the Year Lieke Martens, Vivianne Miedema and Shanice van de Sanden might be the world's second-best strike power. 

Five Sleepers 

Australia: This is the Matildas' seventh straight Women's World Cup, however their first authentic opportunity to make genuine commotion. Reverse somersaulting striker Sam Kerr and bad habit chief Steph Catley must star as well as lead, with Ante Milicic having quite recently been named mentor in March. With a June 9 opener versus Italy, they have had only 2 ½ months to solidify. 

Brazil: Is it tricking to consider Brazil a dark horse, particularly in the wake of commanding Copa America Femenina 2018 by a total 31-2? Truly, due to their age and insecurity, and their fifth mentor in eight years. Debinha needs to come up huge with the maturing Marta (the main six-time FIFA Women's Player of the Year) 33 and Formiga (the main player to make seven World Cups) 41. 

Japan: Japan has the list of references, having won the 2011 Women's World Cup and achieving the 2015 last before losing to the U.S. They play well together, however subtle midfielder Yuka Momiki and Lyon safeguard Saki Kumagai will need to lead a youthful squad, with only three players more than 30. 

Sweden: Like Brazil, Sweden is a typical presume that is as of late fallen into the second rung, neglecting to make the 2017 Euro semis and coming to France with a great deal to demonstrate. Hedvig Lindahl could be the world's best guardian, and Sweden has well-voyage Kosovare Asllani and striker Sofia Jakobsson, yet would they say they are as yet first class? 

Spain: If you're searching for a genuine long gave, drop a couple of quid on Spain at 25/1. They can have the ball perpetually and play keepaway simply like the Spanish men. They moved through UEFA Qualification Group 7 an ideal 8-0-0, outscoring enemies 25-2 for the third-best differential in Europe. Jennifer Hermoso is practically the whole offense, however, and Germany is a difficult task in their gathering. 

Three players to observe 

Marta, Brazil: Sure, Brazil's Debinha is one of the top current strikers, however Marta is ostensibly the best unequaled player. The six-time FIFA Player of the Year and unsurpassed World Cup driving scorer is 33 and the main lady with her impression in plain view at the incredible Maracana. Similarly as with Tom Brady, one needs to regard the significance as well as the life span. 

Amandine Henry, France: France's best Henry since Thierry, the 29-year-old is a protective midfielder who can even now score enormous objectives and select an ideal pass. She drove Lyon to another Champions League title, and in the wake of winning the Silver Ball as the second-best player in the 2015 Women's World Cup, she could top that this year. 

Khadija Shaw, Jamaica: Jamaica doesn't have the best group, however may have the best story. "Rabbit" has defeated enormous hardships, losing four of seven siblings — one to an auto accident and three more to pack savagery. Be that as it may, she had three objectives in the CONCACAF Championship and drove the improved Reggae Girlz — spared monetarily by Bob Marley's little girl Cedella — to be the principal Caribbean side to make the Women's World Cup. 

Five Games to Watch 

France versus Korea Republic (Friday, 3 p.m., FS1): France commences the competition wanting to turn into the principal hosts to win the occasion since the U.S. in 1999. 

Britain versus Scotland (Sunday, Noon, Fox): Any conflict with their northern neighbors has some chomp, yet with the Lionesses expected to go far, this could be feisty. 

Germany versus Spain (June 12, Noon, Fox): Can Spain's ownership and aptitude on the ball draw off an immense bombshell against the second-positioned Germans? 

Brazil versus Australia (June 13, Noon, Fox): This could well choose Group C, with the two countries hunting down their first Women's World Cup title. 

Netherlands versus Canada (June 20, Noon, Fox): Can Canada moderate the European champs' outstanding strikers?

Fifa Women's World Cup 2019 group stage fixtures (all times BST)
Friday 7 June
Group A: France vs South Korea (20:00, Paris) - BBC One

Saturday 8 June
Group A: Norway vs Nigeria (14:00, Reims) - BBC red button/website

Group B: Spain vs South Africa (17:00, Le Havre) - BBC red button/website

Group B: Germany vs China (20:00, Rennes) - BBC One

Sunday 9 June
Group C: Australia vs Italy (12:00, Valenciennes) - BBC red button/website

Group C: Brazil vs Jamaica (14:30, Grenoble) - BBC red button/website

Group D: England vs Scotland (17:00, Nice) - BBC One

Monday 10 June
Group D: Argentina vs Japan (17:00, Paris) - BBC Two

Group E: Canada vs Cameroon (20:00, Montpellier) - BBC red button/website

Tuesday 11 June
Group E: New Zealand vs Netherlands (14:00, Le Havre) - BBC red button/website

Group F: Chile vs Sweden (17:00, Rennes) - BBC red button/website

Group F: United States vs Thailand (20:00, Reims) - BBC Four

Wednesday 12 June
Group A: Nigeria vs South Korea (14:00, Grenoble) - BBC red button/website

Group B: Germany vs Spain (17:00, Valenciennes) - BBC red button/website

Group A: France vs Norway (20:00, Nice) - BBC Four

Thursday 13 June
Group C: Australia vs Brazil (17:00, Montpellier) - BBC Two

Group B: South Africa vs China (20:00, Paris) - BBC red button/website

Friday 14 June
Group D: Japan vs Scotland (14:00, Rennes) - BBC One

Group D: England vs Argentina (17:00, Le Havre) - BBC One

Group C: Jamaica vs Italy (20:00, Reims) - BBC red button/website

Saturday 15 June
Group E: Netherlands vs Cameroon (17:00, Valenciennes) - BBC One

Group E: Canada vs New Zealand (20:00, Grenoble) - BBC red button/website

Sunday 16 June
Group F: United States vs Chile (14:00, Paris) - BBC One

Group F: Sweden vs Thailand (17:00, Nice) - BBC red button/website

Monday 17 June
Group B: China vs Spain (17:00, Le Havre) - BBC website

Group B: South Africa vs Germany (17:00, Montpellier) - BBC red button/website

Group A: Nigeria vs France (20:00, Rennes) - BBC Four

Group A: South Korea vs Norway (20:00, Reims) - BBC red button/website

Tuesday 18 June
Group C: Jamaica vs Australia (20:00, Grenoble) - BBC red button/website

Group C: Italy vs Brazil (20:00, Valenciennes) - BBC Four

Wednesday 19 June
Group D: Japan vs England (20:00, Nice) - BBC One

Group D: Scotland vs Argentina (20:00, Paris) - BBC Four

Thursday 20 June
Group E: Cameroon vs New Zealand (17:00, Montpellier) - BBC red button/website

Group E: Netherlands vs Canada (17:00, Reims) - BBC website

Group F: Sweden vs United States (20:00, Le Havre) - BBC Four

Group F: Thailand vs Chile (20:00, Rennes) - BBC red button/website

Knockout phase Round of 16:
TV channels to be confirmed - BBC has exclusive broadcast rights

Saturday 22 June 
38: 1B vs 3A/C/D (14:00, Grenoble)

37: A2 vs C2 (17:30, Nice)

Sunday 23 June
39: 1D vs 3B/E/F (16:30, Valenciennes)

40: 1A vs 3C/D/E (20:00, Le Havre)

Monday 24 June
41: 2B vs 2F (17:00, Reims)

42: 1F vs 2E (20:00, Paris)

Tuesday 25 June
43: 1C vs 3A/B/F (17:00, Montpellier)

44: 1E vs 2D (20:00, Rennes)

Quarter-finals:
Thursday 27 June
45: W37 vs W39 (20:00, Le Havre)

Friday 28 June
46: W40 vs W41 (20:00, Paris)

Saturday 29 June
47: W43 vs W44 (14:00, Valenciennes)

48: W38 vs W42 (17:30, Rennes)

Semi-finals:
Tuesday 2 July
49: W45 vs W46 (20:00, Lyon)

Wednesday 3 July
50: W47 vs W48 (20:00, Lyon)

Third-place play-off:
Saturday 6 July (16:00, Nice)

Final:
Sunday 7 July (16:00, Lyon)

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