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

THE FACTS

When is Italy vs China taking place? Tuesday 25th June 2019 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Italy vs China taking place? Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

What television channel is Italy vs China on? BBC Red Button

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

ITALY

  • Italy reached the Round of 16 having topped Group C ahead of Australia, Brazil and Jamaica. They defeated Australia and Jamaica in their opening two matches and were then able to withstand a 1-0 defeat against Brazil in their third and final match of the group stage.
  • They exceeded their expectations in winning their group, in what is their first World Cup tournament since 1999, and this is the first time that they have featured in the knockout phase of the World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1991.
  • Italy have used a total of just 15 players at the 2019 World Cup so far which is the fewest of any nation in the tournament, so a raft of changes to the Italian team is unlikely.

CHINA

  • A 0-0 draw against Spain in their final group match ensured that China made it through as one of the best third-placed teams, and in doing so they maintained their record in never having failed to progress from the group stage in all seven of their Women's World Cup appearances.
  • China’s passage to the Round of 16 was built on a solid defence with only one goal conceded during their three group stage matches, whilst at the other end of the pitch they only managed to score one goal themselves.
  • This is the first time that China and Italy have met at the World Cup and it’s their first encounter since 2015 when China won 2-0 in Qujing.

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THE PREDICTION

Italy surprisingly topped a group containing Brazil and Australia and they are now aiming to make their first appearance in the quarter-finals at a Women’s World Cup for the first time since 1991. To do so they will have to find a way past a Chinese defence that has only conceded one goal in the tournament so far. Italy have also been solid at the back with only the prolific Sam Kerr of Australia and Marta of Brazil scoring against them. It could all add up to a cagey match with defences dominating, but Italy just have the extra threat in front of goal which might enable them to find the crucial breakthrough in a tight encounter.