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11 Jun 2019 by Ash Wheldon

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup – South Africa vs China Prediction & Preview

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THE FACTS

When is South Africa vs China taking place? Thursday 13th June 2019 – 20:00 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs China taking place? Parc des Princes, Paris

What television channel is South Africa vs China on? BBC Red Button

Where can I stream South Africa vs China? UK users can stream this match via BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for South Africa vs China? https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/organisation/ticketing/

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa were 20 minutes away from producing a huge shock in their first ever game at a World Cup but conceded three late goals as Spain defeated them 3-1 after they were also reduced to ten late on.
  • Thembi Kgatlana gave her side a 25th-minute lead with two penalties scored by Hermoso either side of Nothando Vilakazi’s red card proving to be the difference before a late Lucia Garcia goal sealed the result.
  • Vilakazi will sit out this game following the two yellows she received in the Group B opener and her absence could open the door for one of the more inexperienced members of the squad to take her place in the starting line-up.

CHINA

  • China were competitive against Germany and made it frustrating for the side ranked second in the world but the pressure eventually told as the Germans condemned the Chinese to a 1-0 defeat.
  • The loss was just China’s second defeat in their opening match at a World Cup but this is the second successive tournament that it has occurred at as questions about the quality of this side remain.
  • Jiahui Lou is a doubt for this contest after she was taken off in the first half following a nasty knock to her ankle against Germany whilst Yao Wei’s participation is also in doubt after she was removed at half-time.

THE PREDICTION

South Africa performed admirably in their opening match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup but the nerves began to show towards the end of their debut game in the competition. They looked set for a famous win before three late goals condemned them to defeat. They now face China in what will be another tough game after they pushed Germany close in their opening encounter. Whilst lacking the talent that they used to boast, the Chinese still have a decent team and should have enough to see off South Africa.

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