OE’s 2019 Women’s World Cup Quarterfinals Preview

Now that the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup has reached the quarterfinals, Office Essentials’ resident football (that’s “soccer” to you and me) fanatics, Stuart Hultgren and Andrew Corns preview the remainder of the tournament. Stay tuned over the next week as Stuart and Andrew continue to drop knowledge on us as they break things down as we get to the final match.

If you would like to break it down further, here are our thoughts on each quarterfinal game:

<h3>Norway v. England – Thursday at 2:00 pm</h3>
  • Norway had extra day of rest, but had to go to PK’s against Australia
  • Norway Key Player: Isabell Herlovsen
  • England Key Player: Ellen White (only 1 goal behind Alex Morgan and Sam Kerr for Golden Boot)
  • England undefeated and hasn’t conceded a goal since opening match v. Scotland
  • Will Ada Hegerberg’s absence for Norway eventually catch up to them?
  • Prediction: 2-1 England

France v. USA – Friday at 2:00 pm

  • France had extra day of rest, but had to play extra time against Brazil
  • France Key Player: Amandine Henry
  • USA Key Player: Julie Ertz (if she starts in midfield)
  • Battle to Watch: Alex Morgan v. Wendie Renard
  • France Strength: Left side (Majri, Le Sommer and Gauvin) has looked unstoppable throughout
  • USA Strength: Unparalleled bench depth and overall team experience edge
  • Prediction: 2-2 (USA wins 4-3 in PK’s)

Italy v. Netherlands – Saturday at 8:00 am

  • Both teams playing on 3 days rest
  • Italy Key Player: Cristiana Girelli (#10, CM)
  • Netherlands Key Player: Lieke Martens (#11, LW)
  • Netherlands looking to add World Cup to their trophy collection after winning Euro 2017
  • Italy are the most surprising team in the Quarterfinals after coming through very tough group
  • Prediction: 2-1 Netherlands

Germany v. Sweden – Saturday at 11:30 am

  • Germany had two extra days rest and a significantly easier round of 16 matchup
  • Germany Key Player: Alexandra Popp or Dzsenifer Marozsan (if she plays)
  • Sweden Key Player: Hedvig Lindahl (GK) – Has finished as 3rd place and runner-up in WWC
  • Can Sweden exact revenge after last year’s Men’s World Cup where Germany won?
  • Played a 0-0 draw in Euro 2017 group stage match
  • Prediction: Germany 2-0

Author

  • Andrew Corns

    Andrew is 33 years old. He was born in a town with a population less than 150 people, west of St. Louis, MO.  He is married with a 1-year old son, Jude. Andrew was a self-proclaimed nerd before it was cool to be one, and is an avid fan of Liverpool Football Club, the St. Louis Blues &amp; Los Angeles Lakers.  He can name every Beatles album in chronological order of release. Marvel is greater than DC, but Batman is greater than Everyone. Andrew spent 10 years in restaurant management before joining Office Essentials as a Strategic Account Manager and Editorial Writer.

  • Stuart Hultgren

    Stuart is an Ops Specialist in our Technology and Managed Print department. He's a South City resident who at a young age caught a love for the beautiful game (soccer, if you're wondering). He is a supporter of Saint Louis FC, Fulham FC, and the US National team and has traveled around the world following them. Send Stuart <a>an email</a>.

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