No easy ride for hosts
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Reigning world champions Germany are the favourites to come out on top in Group A, although with Canada, Nigeria and France making up the section, the hosts can take absolutely nothing for granted. While the Germans will have to handle the pressure of performing in front of their own fans, the battle-hardened Nigerians and Canadians can be expected to mount a strong challenge and the French showed what they can do in a hugely impressive qualifying display. With no reputation to protect and nothing to lose, Les Bleues are sure to pose a danger to their esteemed rivals.

The favourite
Germany. Given their record on the big stage and their current form, the hosts will be expected to top the section. That said, they face plenty of pitfalls in a potentially challenging pool, and though they overwhelmed Nigeria and Canada in recent friendlies, they cannot afford to be complacent.

The players to watch
Nadine Angerer (GER), Ariane Hingst (GER), Birgit Prinz (GER), Inka Grings (GER), Christine Sinclair (CAN), Karina LeBlanc (CAN), Jonelle Filigno (CAN), Stella Mbachu (NGA), Perpetua Nkwocha (NGA), Sonia Bompastor (FRA), Camille Abily (FRA), Sandrine Soubeyrand (FRA) and Eugenie Le Sommer (FRA).

The big game
Canada-Nigeria. The last-day duel between these two competition regulars could well have a big bearing on the final outcome in the group. The two have appeared in nine FIFA Women’s World Cup™ finals altogether but have only met once, a 3-3 draw in the group phase at Sweden 1995, with both sides failing to make the next round on that occasion.

The stat
14 - The number of goals Prinz has scored in 22 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, making her the highest scorer in the history of the competition.

Have your say
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