World Cup Daily: England And Australia Target Quarter-Final Spots

Will Wiegman continue to tinker with her system?
19:00, 06 Aug 2023

We have reached the final round of last 16 games and with the likes of Japan and Spain impressing, now it is England’s turn. Here’s what Monday’s action looks like. 

England v Nigeria 

Where: Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane

When: 8.30am (BST)/ 5.30pm (AEST)

TV: BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website

Referee: Melissa Borjas

Last meeting: England 0-3 Nigeria, 2004.

England’s group stage results: 1-0 win v Haiti, 1-0 win v Denmark, 6-1 win v China

Nigeria’s group stage results: 0-0 v Canada, 3-2 win v Australia, 0-0 v Ireland

England had a slow start to the tournament but emerged from the group stage with three wins out of three. The Lionesses' change in shape against China to three at the back unleashed their attacking potential and it is thought Sarina Wiegman will go with a similar system this time around. Lauren James is on fire, and England are favourites to make it to the last eight. 

Nigeria’s solid defence in games against Ireland and Canada saw them finish above both nations, while a shock win over Australia looks even more impressive when you consider the host nation won both of their other group games. 

Betfred odds: England 2/9, Draw 4/1, Nigeria 10/1

Sportsman stat: Lauren James has registered three goals and three assists in three matches. No other player at the tournament can boast more goal contributions. 

Lauren James is 9/2 to score first*

Australia v Denmark

Where: Stadium Australia, Sydney

When: 11.30am (BST)/ 8.30pm (AEST)

TV: BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website

Referee: Rebecca Welch

Last meeting: Australia 3-1 Denmark, 2022. 

Australia’s group stage results: 1-0 win v Ireland, 2-3 loss to Nigeria, 4-0 win v Canada

Denmark’s group stage results: 1-0 win v China, 1-0 loss v England, 2-0 win v Haiti

Host nation Australia have coped with the pressure of their own fans by getting out the group as winners. An opening day win over Ireland relieved the nerves, before a loss to Nigeria heaped on the pressure. Without Sam Kerr, they were struggling, but a 4-0 hammering of Canada has seen them sail into the knockout and with a favourable draw. 

Meanwhile Denmark haven’t set the world alight here and are seemingly fortunate to have made it out the group. They were okay against China, poor against England and only just got past a tough Haiti side. They may get found out here. 

Betfred odds: Australia 9/10, Draw 21/20, Denmark 3/1.

Sportsman stat: Denmark have never won a Women’s World Cup knockout game.

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