Switzerland and New Zealand hold the top two spots in Group A, but both could still be eliminated from the Women’s World Cup going into the final round of fixtures on Sunday…
Switzerland know they will qualify for the next round if they avoid defeat and a draw may even be enough for top spot if the Philippines fail to beat Norway.
The Swiss put in an excellent defensive display against Norway to claim a 0-0 draw last time out and could opt to stick with the same starting side for their final group game against New Zealand.
The Football Ferns find themselves in a precarious position as they know only a win will be enough to guarantee progress, as a draw would leave them relying on the result of the other Group A fixture.
The co-hosts began their bid with an impressive win over the Norwegians, but were then stunned by the Philippines and coach Jitka Klimkova could make changes for this make-or-break fixture.
Olivia Chance is among those who could be handed a starting spot after coming off the bench at half-time against the Philippines.
New Zealand to win @ 13/5
New Zealand know they have to win this game if they are to secure progress to the next round and that extra motivation could prove key.
Klimkova’s side also have the benefit of home advantage in Dunedin, and shouldn’t be too disheartened by the loss to the Philippines.
That defeat was incredibly unfortunate as New Zealand dominated throughout and at a big price they look like backable underdogs here.
Switzerland come into this game after an energy sapping 0-0 stalemate with Norway, where they spent the majority of the game defending.
The fact a draw will be enough to progress could also work against them here as they may be inclined not to take too many risks, and if New Zealand are fully up for this encounter that may not be the right way to approach the game.
It will take a huge effort from New Zealand against a quality defensive Swiss unit, but with home advantage and the talent they have in their squad they appeal at a big price to get the job done.
New Zealand Women 3 or more corners in each half #PickYourPunt @ 11/2
One selection that really catches the eye here is the 11/2 on offer for three or more New Zealand corners in each half in the #PickYourPunt market.
The Football Ferns won four corners in each half against a very good Norway team and forced seven in total against the Philippines.
New Zealand have won at least three corners in three of the four halves they have played at the World Cup, winning two in the other.
Switzerland could spend a lot of this game defending, as they effectively have a lead to hold on to, and they conceded seven in their game with Norway.
As such, at least three corners for New Zealand in each half looks a very real possibility here