Netherlands vs South Africa 8-5-2023

Netherlands vs South Africa Women’s FIFA World Cup Round of 16 Free Picks, Odds and Predictions

Netherlands vs South Africa Women’s FIFA World Cup

Netherlands vs South AfricaWhen The Oranje Leeuwinnen and Banyana Banyana square off at the Sydney Football Stadium, they will aim for a spot in the quarterfinals. The Netherlands, who finished second four years ago, feel inspired to perform better this time, and their impressive performance in the group stage raised their expectations. They distinguished themselves by defeating the USA, the reigning champions, in their group.

South Africa has proven their attacking power by scoring six goals in the group round, despite being viewed as huge underdogs in the match that will take place on Sunday. In the current Women’s World Cup, Banyana Banyana has demonstrated its growth and development.

In the round of 16 of the 2023 Women’s World Cup on Saturday in Sydney, Australia, the Netherlands takes on South Africa. The United States, the defending champion, was in the group the Netherlands won. The Netherlands, who finished second to the US four years ago, have done well at the tournament, defeating Portugal 1-0, playing the Americans hard to a 1-1 draw, and thrashing Vietnam 7-0.

For the first time since defeating South Africa 5-1 in an exhibition match in April 2022, Oranje Leeuwinnen will take on South Africa. Four years ago, the Netherlands had their only prior participation in the round of 16 of a Women’s World Cup, defeating Japan 2-1 before losing to the United States in the championship game. The Netherlands, though, hopes that this year will be the year they finally get to hoist the trophy.

Netherlands vs South Africa Game Info

When: Thursday, Aug 5, 2023 10:00 PM ET
Where: Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney, Australia
TV: FOX, Peacock, Telemundo, Universo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo


Soccer Odds/Point Spread: Netherlands -430, South Africa +950, Draw +500


Netherlands’ Quest for Glory: Rising to 9th in FIFA Women’s Ranking, Dominating Group Stage, and Set to Challenge South Africa in Round of 16

The Netherlands currently holds the 9th spot in the FIFA Women’s Ranking. Having secured a remarkable victory over the USWNT to claim the top position in Group E, the Netherlands is poised to take on South Africa, a team making its debut in the Women’s World Cup knockout stages. A standout performer in the tournament, the Netherlands showcased their prowess by netting an impressive nine goals across three group-stage matches, conceding only once.


Their journey through the group stage included a 1-0 triumph against Portugal on July 23 and a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the United States on July 26. The group stage concluded with a resounding 7-0 victory over Vietnam on Tuesday. In their match against South Africa, the Oranje outshot their opponents 42 to 5, maintaining 72% ball possession and 86% passing accuracy.


The Netherlands has dominated both offensive and defensive fronts throughout the tournament. They rank second in the Women’s World Cup for goals scored (averaging three goals per match), and fourth for goals conceded (averaging 0.3 goals per match), boasting an impressive goal differential of +8.


As reigning vice-champions, the Netherlands is undeniably the favored team in their upcoming Round of 16 clash against South Africa. Dutch fans are undoubtedly hopeful for another successful campaign in this Women’s World Cup edition.


Leading the scoring charts for the Netherlands is Jill Roord, with three goals to her name. Stefanie van der Gragt and Danielle van de Donk have each contributed one goal and one assist. Dominique Janssen has played a pivotal role in goal creation, providing two crucial assists.


South Africa, in only their second World Cup appearance after their 2019 debut, is determined to make an impact. After starting the group stage with a narrow 1-0 loss to Sweden, they displayed resilience by recovering from a two-goal deficit against Argentina to secure a draw. A victory over Italy, with a score of 3-2, earned South Africa a spot in the last 16, showcasing their determination and growth on the global stage.


How South Africa Plans to Win Over the Netherlands

South Africa, crowned champions of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in 2022, is poised for a formidable World Cup journey in only its second appearance on this global stage. The Girls’ recent accolades encompass a notable fourth-place finish in the 2021 COSAFA Women’s Championship, a commendable seventh place in the 2019 African Games, and participation in two Olympic Games.

Demonstrating remarkable prowess, South Africa secured a commendable second place in Group G, surpassing nations of higher rankings such as Italy and Argentina. Despite their 54th rank, South Africa emerged as an unexpected qualifier for the Round of 16. Their group stage campaign concluded with a win, a draw, and a loss.
After commencing a narrow 2-1 loss to Sweden, they displayed resilience by earning a draw against Argentina (2-2) and clinching a stunning victory over Italy (3-2) on Wednesday. With an even goal differential, they hold the 18th position in the tournament, showcasing their determination even as they were outshot 13 to 10 by the Italian team in their recent triumph.

Regarding offensive statistics, South Africa holds ninth in the Women’s World Cup, tallying six goals at an average of 2.0 per match. Defensively, they conceded six goals across three games, maintaining an average of 2.0 per match. The Banyan Banyana boasted a 17% conversion rate, created an average of 2.3 scoring opportunities, and recorded 11.7 shots per game, with 4.3 shots on target per game. They secured an average of 3.0 corners per game and maintained a possession rate of 36.0%. However, a clean sheet remains elusive in this tournament.

Integral figures for South Africa include Thembi Kgatlana, who contributed two goals and two assists in Women’s World Cup matches, and Hildah Magaia, who scored two goals and provided an assist across three games. Linda Motlhalo made her presence felt with one goal in three matches, while Jermaine Seoposenwe registered an assist.
While the team rides a wave of confidence following their dramatic qualification, a formidable challenge looms in the Round of 16 against the Netherlands, the finalist of the previous World Cup. The absence of Refiloe Jane sidelined due to injury, could potentially impact South Africa’s prospects.


Netherlands vs South Africa Betting Picks

Despite the team’s high confidence following their spectacular qualifying, they will have a difficult battle playing the Netherlands in the Round of 16 because they were the last World Cup finalist. Refiloe Jane’s injury-related absence from the game might hurt South Africa’s hopes. Sports picks: The odds seem stacked against them, but in football, surprises are always possible.

Free Pick and Prediction: Netherlands will triumph 3-1.


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