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China PR vs Haiti betting tips: Women’s World Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

China PR vs Haiti odds and betting statistics



China PR vs Haiti match preview

After both teams were beaten in their World Cup openers on Saturday, this really is must win for both in Adelaide

Haiti are making their World Cup debut and were handed the unenviable task of taking on European Champions England in their first game at this level.

Most expected le Rouge et Bleu to be on the wrong end of a heavy defeat in Perth, but that certainly was not the case.

It finished 1-0 at Lang Park, with England’s winner coming via a retaken penalty.

Batcheba Louis was penalised for handball, before Kerly Théus actually saved the subsequent spot-kick, but the goalkeeper had encroached off her line, with Georgia Stanway converting the retake.

Haiti actually came agonisingly close to snatching the most unlikely of points late on; Roseline Éloissaint bursting in-behind, but she was denied by Mary Earps.

China PR meanwhile are almost World Cup ever-presents, only failing to qualify for the 2011 edition, reaching the 1999 final and never failing to make it to the knockout stages.

Well, Shuǐ Qìngxiá’s side are really up against it if that fact is going to remain true, following a 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their group opener six days ago.

Just when the clash at Perth Rectangular Stadium looked set to finish goalless, the Danes snatched the victory in stoppage time via a long-range header that Xu Huan was unable to keep out.

Even after that, China could’ve pinched a point, with Wáng Shuāng’s free-kick flicking the post, before Wáng Shānshān couldn’t bundle the ball over the line.

Thus, defeat for the Asian Champions, who really need to win this time, or face being eliminated form a World Cup in a group phase for the very first time.

Will China’s quality shine through at Hindmarsh Stadium, or can debutants Haiti spring a surprise?

China PR team news

Wáng Shuāng was surprisingly left on the bench against Denmark, coming on at half time for Zhang Xin.

This time, she could rekindle her partnership with Wáng Shānshān up front, after the captain was deployed at centre-back in Perth.

Shěn Mèngyǔ came off the bench at the weekend, becoming the first-ever Celtic player to feature at a women’s World Cup.

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Xu Huan; Li Mengwen, Wú Chengshu, Yao Wei, Chen Qiaozhu; Zhāng Ruì, Lou Jiahui, Zhāng Línyàn, Yáng Lìnà; Wáng Shānshān, Wáng Shuāng.

Haiti teams news

Jennyfer Limage picked up a rather nasty looking injury just half an hour into Saturday’s game, making her a doubt for this one, with Ruthny Mathurin set to deputise at centre-back.

For Haiti though, it’s all about Melchie Dumornay, who was the best player on the pitch against England, and it wasn’t even close, emphasising why Olympique Lyonnais Féminin have just signed her from Stade de Reims.

Fellow forwards Nérilia Mondésir and Roselord Borgella also ply their trade in Division 1, France’s top-tier, so this is not a team full of novices, despite Haiti’s overall lack of high-level expirence.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Théus; Petit-Frère, Joseph, Mathurin, K Louis; Jeudy, Pierre-Louis, B Louis, Mondésir, Dumornay; Borgella.

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