888Sport make the Steel Roses 11/25 (1.44) to bounce back with a win after their narrow defeat to one of the tournament favourites.
Lou Jiahui is set to miss out after being injured in the first half against Germany but otherwise China are likely to field the same team that held Germany for over an hour.
Nothando Vilakazi is suspended after being sent off against Spain. Thembi Kgatlana should lead the line again after her stunning opener in that fixture and is 9/2 (5.50) to score anytime on Thursday.
Despite eventually losing to Germany, China looked extremely organised at the back and it took a 20-yard thunderbolt from teenager Giulia Gwinn to break the resistance.
Jia Xiuquan’s side forced their opponents into shooting from long range, allowing them just four shots on target all afternoon from 16 total attempts, and will look for similar solidity against South Africa.
Banyana Banyana offered just five shots in their loss to Spain and mustered just 27 per cent possession, and another backs-to-the-wall performance could be on the cards for them here.
Tips and Predictions
As well as an impressive defensive effort against Germany, the Steel Roses offered plenty going forward and should have enough to see off their opponents on Thursday.
China to win to nil at 27/25 (2.08) for a 2pt stake with 888Sport