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Favourites clash on opening day

Favourites clash on opening day

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games takes place on Friday 27 July in London, but Games fever breaks out all over Great Britain a full two days prior to that. The first matchday in the fifth edition of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament is on Wednesday, and the competition opens with a bang as the schedule features a number of enticing clashes.

Match of the day
USA-France, Glasgow, 17:00 (local time)
The venerable surroundings of Hampden Park provide a worthy setting for a first-class showdown between two of the gold medal favourites. Defending Olympic champions USA missed out on glory in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™ in a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat toJapan, so the north Americans will be doubly determined to add to their glittering trophy collection this time around. However, the French finished an excellent fourth in Germany last year, heralding their arrival as members of the world elite. They will now be determined to have their say in the distribution of the medals at the London Games.

Other highlights
The other matches on opening day also promise local fans a treat. Current world champions Japanmeet Canada and their star striker Christine Sinclair, while Brazil, finalists in the last two Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments, set out in pursuit of gold against underdogs Cameroon. The biggest crowd of the day will enthusiastically get behind hosts Great Britain, who open the tournament against New Zealand in Cardiff. Sweden, who finished third at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, will seek to underline their medal ambitions in their meeting with South Africa, before a potentially action-packed opening day finishes with the clash between Colombia and Korea DPR.

Player to watch
If Brazil’s Formiga appears for her team against Cameroon, she will become the only player to feature in every Women’s Olympic Football Tournament to date. The 34-year-old midfielder has made a record 21 appearances at the event, returning home with a silver medal in 2004 and 2008. The veteran is hoping to step one place further up the podium on this occasion.

The stat
6
 – USA have won their last five matches at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Should they beat the French, they would match the record of six consecutive victories set by Norway between 2000 and 2008.

The words
“New Zealand have done a lot of work in the last 12 months, They work really well together as a unit. They have pace, they’re aggressive and they run and run ridiculously for 90 minutes. In all areas they have tried to improve their game and we expect a tough encounter,” Great Britain coach Hope Powell.

United Kingdom W – New Zealand W

England team has all England players + Dieke and Little. Little is player from Arsenal and she scores more than a goal per game. They have no missing problems and they won New Zealand on last world cup 2-1.

New Zealand has 10 players from Europe (England, Germany and Sweden). They won Colombia in last friendly but shovew weakneses. This is first day and there are expected lot if fans for hosts

The schedule (all kick-offs local time)
Great Britain-New Zealand (Cardiff, 16:00)
Japan-Canada (Coventry, 17:00)
USA-France (Glasgow, 17:00)
Cameroon-Brazil (Cardiff, 18:45)
Sweden-South Africa (Coventry, 19:45)
Colombia-Korea DPR (Glasgow, 19:45)

France U19 – Croatia U19  1

Odds gone but still i belive you wont make mistake if you bet on France. Croatia come without half squad, main players didnt come. Hajduk didnt let their players to go because they have weak squad now and they will focus on their young players, Dinamo didnt let Mateo Kovacic to gow (one of biggiest talents in Europe, playing for first team), than Livaja from Inter Milan, Canadija, Radosevic, Elez, Milic, Tomicic..Rebic injured on friendy..

What to said, for me and whole country game with England was banker on England win, specially because England was two years ago Euro Champs (same generation when was u17) and than our youngsters suprise, playing better than england and even was leading. I belive it was bad day for England youngsters and i belive we cannot two times suprise without so much important players. Let’s see what coaches said after game:

ENGLAND 1-1 CROATIA
Noel Blake, England coach
We came from behind, so I need to be satisfied. Croatia played better in the first half but in the second I think there was only one team on the pitch. We were dominating, we scored a goal, hit the bar and the Croatian goalkeeper made a few good saves. In fact, both goalkeepers did well today. We are playing a good passing game at the moment. We are getting stronger and stronger and I can be happy.

Dinko Jeličić, Croatia coach
I need to congratulate my players for their display. It’s a pity that we didn’t score from our chances in the first half. We needed to do better in terms of those goalscoring situations; who knows what would have happened had we done so. We played excellently in the first first half; we were dominating and kept England down. I knew we had the quality to do that. If we didn’t concede so quickly after scoring it would have made things easier for us. After the break my players felt down physically as some of them only recently ended the season and that showed in our play. England were better in the second half and if we judge the game on that, a 1-1 draw was a fair result, but I am still sorry we didn’t win.

So, France is better team than England, on of Europ favorites and i cannot see other resaul than France victory

Estonia U19 – Greece U19

What to said for Estonia quality. Cannot prise tham, i will just said they are here just because they are hosting this Euro. Greece has better team but odds are too low to risk

Serbia U19 – England U19

As i said, England won Euro u17 woth this generation before two years. Serbia come without some important players:

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spezia – ternana    spezia -0,5ah @ 1,88 sbo

Spezia has very rich and powerful chairman, Volpi (water polo Pro Recco owner). They played first game 0-0 in Terni without 4 important players which will play this game. They also will have more than 10 000 fans and everithing is ready for Serie B promotion. Volpi ‘thinks’ all is clear, sure and he laready start with new, modern stadium for 20 000 fans

spezia: lollo (mf 18/0), madonna (mf 32/6)

ternana: Pisacane (df 32/3), Bernardi (mf 21/3), Nole (att 26/8)

Koper – Triglav  -1eh koper @ 2,0

Just one round is after this one and than is over. But after this round some teams can make sure their finale position. If Koper win today they can make sure they will play eeurope (if other resault is good for them). Also, if Triglav win and Nafta not, they cannot be directly relegate, they are sure in ‘relegation playoff’.
Koper, 3rd, solid at home, good team and great defence. Aljaž Struna (df 23/0) and  Milan Osterc (att 30/9) are out for hosts but they are outt last few games so it’s not a problem, they have much longer bench, bigger roster than their opponents. Also they are in good form, won last 4 games, didnt loose last 12 (9-3-0) and with big steps walking to europe.
Trioglav made some suprises but also was destroyed few times. Mostly hearts this one few weaks ago against Maribor when they loose big 8-0. Out are: Brajič (mf 19/0), Smolej (df 14/0), Sever (mf 16/1) all injured and suspended Dolžan (mf 29/1). Their attack is weakest in league (scored 19 goals in 32 rounds), their defence is worst in league and what we can expect than from them,. Suprise? I dont thing so..

Denmark, Landspokal finale, Horsens – FC Copenhagen

Playing in Copenhagen

Horsens out: Jochumsen (gk 18/0), Absalosen (att 9/1) and Hajdarevic (att 14/1)

Fc Copenhagen out: Larsson (df 4/0), Ottesen (df 23/5) and Delaney (mf 19/1)

Champions League Women » Lyon W – Frankfurt W   1  / -1eh Lyon

Game will be played in Munchen (expected 40 000 people). Frankfurt is sensacional finalist, nobody expected them there and they are big underdogs in finale. Lyon is best team in this moment, best ladie team last years (won last year CL, year before loose in finale on penaltyes..).  Frankfurm will be without their important striker Fatmire Bajramaj , first goalkeeper Angerer, defender Krieger, midfilder Kulig (she is long term injured). I decide for hendicep because it’s finale, just one game and i belive lyon feminas would leading. In that situation Frankfurt dont have nothing to loose, can just get something so must attack. I belive than one counter of Lyon would be enough. They are powerfull, very powerfull attacking team. Look this attacking potentional (8 players scored 141 goals if i calculate good): Renard (df 17/7+7/1 ine europe+2/1 for france), Abily (mf 19/13+7/8 in champions league+6/2 for france), Dickenmann (mf 15/8+6/3 in CL+4/4 for Switzerland), Henry (mf 17/7+6/1 in CL), Necib (mf 18/8+7/2 in CL + 6/1 for France) and uncredible strong attacking trio Thomis (att 18/12+7/3 in CL+5/3 for France), Le Sommer (att 18/19+8/8 in CL + 6/3 for France) and fianly Schelin (att 18/20 + 8/5 in CL + 6/2 for Sweden). No matter Frankfurt will be almost at home, Lyon has quality, has expirience so i belive they will have resault also

DPMM FC – Home Utd  1 @ 2,0

Singapore Cup

Defending title Home Utd will be weakened by important absences in this match.

To the already out Arai( def.9), for this match Home wil be also without first and second topscorers strikers Mendy ( 12 11 goals) and Ihata ( 10+2 8goals), plus captain Jihay ( midf. 10) and defender Anzite ( 12).

Hosts have no line up poblems and with Home weakened both in attack and in defence i think that hosts are favourite and can win this match

analise by mrgol