Germany Women and South Korea Women will lock horns for their final Group H match on Thursday morning (11.00) in Brisbane.
South Korea’s involvement in the tournament will come to an abrupt end after this final game, as they lost both opening two matches of the tournament, leaving them at the bottom of the group with 0 points.
Meanwhile, Germany flew out of the starting blocks with an emphatic 6-0 victory against Morocco in their opening game, but any momentum gained from that win was halted by a shock defeat to Colombia.
South Korea are expected to be without the services of Lim Seon-joo, who missed the defeat to Morocco through injury.
As for Germany, Marina Hegering could make her first appearance of the tournament after missing the opening two games with an injury issue, while Sara Doorsoun-Khajeh picked up an injury in Sunday’s contest against Colombia.
Germany to win both halves @ 13/10
Germany will feel that they were unlucky to lose the game against Colombia, conceding with basically the last kick of the game.
I think they would have been wounded by the surprise defeat, but with a number of leaders and top quality talent in the side, I’m expecting them to bounce back in style against a side that are 15 places below them in the FIFA rankings.
South Korea have also lost 10 of their last 12 World Cup games, so with Germany’s quality, I think backing Germany to win both halves is the way to go here.
Alexandra Popp to score in 90 minutes @ 21/20
The Germany captain bagged a brace against Morocco, as well as in the surprise defeat to Colombia, taking her World Cup total tally to six goals, and this game is a chance to add further to that.
Popp has already demonstrated her importance to this Germany side – the 32-year-old is playing in her fourth World Cup and provides invaluable tournament knowhow. She was also a vital cog of the Germany squad at last year’s European Championship and her absence against England in the final was certainly felt.
She knows where the back of the net is, as demonstrated with her performances in the opening two matches, and she has scored 65 goals in 130 appearances for the national team.y