Germany will be aiming for a third Women's World Cup victory this summer. At 11/2 (6.50) with bet365 the reigning Olympic champions are serious contenders, sitting behind only holders USA (7/2) and hosts France (7/2) in the outright betting.
Unsurprisingly, Germany are firm favourites to kick-off their campaign with a victory. bet365 are 2/7 (1.29) about Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's side picking up three points.
Peng Shimeng looks set to start in goal for Jia Xiuquan's side. The 21-year-old was named goalkeeper of the year in China after an impressive campaign with Jiangsu Suning.
Voss-Tecklenburg only took up her current role in November and has had limited time to prepare her players for this tournament. However, the 50-year-old coach has already overseen wins over Sweden, Chile and most notably, France.
Much of that success has been built on a solid defensive foundation, with three clean sheets in her five-match spell in charge.
While China have lost three of their last four outings in normal time, the quality of opposition has been high-grade for the most part. They've been far from outclassed and may be able to make things difficult for Germany, especially in the opening exchanges.
Given this is their toughest group stage assignment, it would be no surprise to see China take a pragmatic approach.
The 24-team configuration of this World Cup means there is a chance to qualify for the knockout stages in third place so Xiuquan may opt not to risk too much against a team well-fancied to make a deep run in the competition.
With that in mind backing under 2.5 goals looks the best option for punters at 43/40 (2.08). Germany should enough to secure an opening victory in Rennes but it's unlikely to be a rout against a stubborn Chinese team.
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