Argentina vs Japan
Stadium: Parc de Princes
The 2019 Women’s World Cup rolls on Monday when Japan takes on Argentina in Group D action.
Argentina will take part in their first Women’s World Cup in 12 years. After the team was disbanded after the 2015 Pan America Games, almost 1000 days of inactivity followed before they reconvened to qualify for this competition despite a lack of game time as a team. This team is still far from where it wants to be. It’s going to take a while for them to get there, but they can announce their arrival with a win here.
World number seven, Japan’s team, have a good balance of youth and experience but they do not look as strong as when they claimed the title in 2011. They will need to become more clinical in front of goal if they are to pose a real threat. They will be looking to prove doubters wrong. If they fail to win this one, those doubts will increase.
Canada vs Cameroon
Stadium: Stade de la Mosson
Canada and Cameroon will take the field on Monday in their 2019 Women’s World Cup group stage opener in Group E.
Canada are the favourite here, but they proved in 2015 that just because they are inexperienced it doesn’t mean they can’t move on. Christine Sinclair is 35 years old now and her best years are behind her, so it makes you wonder how they will fair this year.
Cameroon surprised many by making it out of the group stage in 2015, and to the round of 16. They will be heading in with increased confidence and expectations could go so far as a quarterfinal run.
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