2019 FIFA Womens World Cup Germany vs South Africa Preview

Friday, June 14th, 2019

By Jonathan Willis
2019 FIFA Womens World Cup Germany vs South Africa

This hasn’t been a great World Cup for Germany, but they are in the position they were hoping for after two games nonetheless. Germany won their first two games over Spain and China, so they are sitting atop Group B coming into the last game of the Group Stage. Any result over South Africa gives them the group, and they are heavy favorites to get at least a point against Banyana Banyana.

It’s vital for Germany to get a point on Monday. The team that wins Group B has a golden path to the semifinals and will be odds-on to reach that point provided nothing crazy happens in the other groups. However, the runner-up in Group B will likely have to face the United States, and that’s something no one wants.

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Germany vs. South Africa

Date and Time: June 17, 2019, 12 p.m. ET

Location: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France

US Television Coverage: FOX

Betting Line: Germany -2.5 and -3, O/U 4

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Banyana Banyana probably won’t earn a point in their first-ever trip to the World Cup, but at least they have netted a goal. Thembi Kgatlana scored in the 25th minute of South Africa’s first game of the World Cup, so at least they won’t be shut out like other debutantes have been in the past.

This team has acquitted itself well too. South Africa nearly earned a result against Spain before being done in by two late penalties, and they fought tooth and nail with China but eventually lost 1-0.

The Germans have not looked particularly sharp in any facet of the game through two matches. They had some major mistakes in the back line against China, and they let Spain have the lion’s share of possession on Wednesday.

However, they have gotten the job done, and that’s all that matters at the end of the day. Giulia Gwinn scored midway through the second half to give Germany a 1-0 win over China, and Sara Dabritz netted just before halftime against Spain in what was the game’s lone goal.

Germany Player to Watch

Alexandra Popp has yet to score a goal in this World Cup. Popp has only scored once in two previous World Cups, and she was hoping that this would be her breakout campaign.

She has 46 goals in 98 career appearances with the national team, but she has been getting frustrated by her team’s inability to score at this competition.

South Africa Player to Watch

Kgatlana has had an amazing last 12 months. She was named African Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2018, and she was voted the best player and finished as the top scorer at the Africa Women Cup of Nations. Kgatlana has been sharp throughout this World Cup, and she has shown why Beijing Phoenix decided to bring her into the fold in February. If South Africa score, she’s likely to be involved.

Germany vs. South Africa Free Picks

Not having Dzenifer Marozsan has really hurt Germany. She suffered a broken toe in Germany’s win over China in the opener, and she is out for at least one more game. Her playmaking in the midfield has been missed, so someone will need to fill her role here.
All of the problems with Germany lead me to believe that South Africa will keep it close enough to cover the goal line. Banyana Banyana have proven themselves on this stage, and they aren’t likely to get blown out.

Germany vs. South Africa Prediction: Germany 3, South Africa 1

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