Mary C Posted July 8, 2022 Share Posted July 8, 2022 POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: SPAIN: GK | Sandra Paños RFB | Ona Batlle RCB | Irene Paredes LCB | María Pilar León LFB | Leila Ouahabi LCM | Aitana Bonmatí DM | Patricia Guijarro RCM | Mariona Caldentey RW | Esther González CF | Nahikari García LW | Athenea del Castillo FINLAND: GK | Tinja-Riikka Korpela RFB | Tuija Hyyrynen RCB | Anna Westerlund LCB | Elli Pikkujämsä LFB | Emma Koivisto DM | Adelina Engman AM | Emmi Alanen CM | Eveliina Summanen CF | Ria Öling CF | Linda Sällström RW | Sanni Franssi What an exciting time this Saturday to kick off another match of the UEFA Women’s Championships League with Spain’s La Roja heading to face Finland for one of three matchdays at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, England. Spain has always had a powerful presence in the UEFA Women’s Championships League with Barcelona dominating the field in the previous seasons, which is in stark contrast to Finland, who is only back in the finals after 2017. As of now, Spain holds excellent form with 2.60 points per game and eight wins, two draws, and zero losses in their last ten games. Their stats show 5.70 goals scored per match and only 0.20 conceded. Not only does this emphasize the team's ability to work together cohesively and create a powerful offensive, but it shows the cohesiveness of their defensive lineup that can help keep up against the competition. However, it is not looking all positive for Spain as the ACL injury of superstar Winger/Midfielder Alexia Putellas alongside Jenni Hermoso has left a huge gap in Spain’s offense. It is now up to Caldentey to fill in the shoes of the two superstars and hopefully bring in some hope to the team after the devastating injuries of their top players. On the side of the pitch, Finland seems to be struggling this season with only three wins, two draws, and a disappointing five losses in their last ten fixtures. They currently hold an average form of 1.10 points per game, 1.70 goals score per match, and a very poor 1.60 goals conceded per match. Their last match ended in a loss, and they have yet to prove themselves with more wins to move up the ladder of the Championships League, especially against such a formidable force that is Spain. Despite the injuries of their opponent, Finland will have to make sure to play a careful and extremely cohesive defensive game against Spain if they want to have a chance of possibly winning against the team. Center midfielders Summanen and Alanen have to make sure to keep a slight defensive playstyle alongside their defensive lineup in order to support the team against the dominating of Spain’s top strikers. The most important thing Finland can do for now as this is only the first game is to get a feel for any weak points in Spain's defense. Will they fend off attacks from them? Overall, despite big blows to their offensive lineup, the odds seem to be in favor of Spain, who have racked up a significant amount of wins this season and are seemingly out for blood this coming match for the first of three matchdays in the UEFA Women’s Championships League. 12:00 AM (PST), Saturday, 9 July 2022. Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, England. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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