World Cup Daily: England Look To Turn On The Style In Second Outing

England face Denmark in Group D
18:00, 27 Jul 2023

England are in action for their second group game and the Lionesses will be hoping for a much-improved display after their drab 1-0 win over Haiti in the opener. It’s now been four games without a goal from open play for Sarina Wiegman’s side, an issue they will hope to address as they take on Denmark. A win should take them through, while there are two other games to look forward to on Friday. 

Argentina v South Africa - Group G

Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

When: 1am (BST)/12pm (NZST)

TV: ITV1, STV, ITVX, STV Player

Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)

Last meeting: N/A

Argentina’s last result: 1-0 loss v Italy

South Africa’s last result: 2-1 loss v Sweden

It’s now or never for both Argentina and South Africa at this World Cup after narrow defeats in their opening games. What it should produce is a thriller in Dunedin as both sides know they have to win to stand a realistic chance of progression. Argentina were unfortunate to lose late on to Italy having created the better chances and threatened from set pieces throughout. Meanwhile South Africa were also handed a last-minute heartbreak as group favourites Sweden came out on top. The underdogs had taken the lead but were undone by a late header from Arsenal’s Amanda Ilestedt. We should get goals.

Betfred odds: Argentina 19/20, Draw 21/20, South Africa 11/4

Sportsman stat: Argentina are yet to win a match at a World Cup despite this being their fourth tournament, while South Africa are chasing their first victory having made their debut in 2019. Winless.

England v Denmark - Group D

Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney

When: 9.30am (BST)/6.30pm (AEST)

TV: BBC One, BBC iPlayer

Referee: Tess Olofsson (Sweden)

Last meeting: England 2-0 Denmark (2019)

England’s last result: 1-0 win v Haiti

Denmark’s last result: 1-0 win v China

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England’s opening game was nothing to write home about. In fact, their lack of cutting edge was concerning as they needed a retaken Georgia Stanway penalty to get past minnows Haiti. The Lionesses will be desperate to make amends for that first showing, and WSL top scorer Rachel Daly could be handed her first World Cup start. Denmark needed a late winner to get past China but now they are looking good to get out of the group. Another win here would secure top spot for the team ranked 13th in the world. 

Betfred odds: England 4/11, Draw 3/1, Denmark 7/1

Sportsman Stat: Friday’s meeting in Sydney will be the first time the two teams have ever faced each other at a FIFA Women's World Cup.

China v Haiti - Group D

Where: Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide

When: 12pm (BST)/9.30pm (ACST)

TV: ITV1, STV, ITVX, STV Player

Referee: Marta Huerta de Aza (Spain)

Last meeting: N/A

China’s last result: 1-0 loss v Denmark

Haiti’s last result: 1-0 loss v England

Both teams are coming into this one on the back of narrow 1-0 losses but both will feel they could have got something against much stronger opposition on paper. That makes this clash in Adelaide an intriguing one as both sides know anything less than three points will likely result in their elimination at the group stage. 

Betfred odds: China 8/13, Draw 5/2, Haiti 4/1

Sportsman Stat: China have made it out of every single World Cup group they have played in, and they’ve played at every World Cup except 2007. This could be their toughest test yet. 

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