Ahead of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, England were one of the favorites. The Three Lionesses were listed behind the United States, France, and Germany, and they have lived up to expectations. England have yet to drop a match in France, winning all three of their Group Stage matches before cruising to a win in the Round of 16 over Cameroon. Norway are out to derail England’s dreams of winning the World Cup though, and they have already knocked one perceived contender out of the competition. The winner of this match will face either the United States or France for a spot in the final.
England vs. Norway
- Date and Time: June 27, 2019, 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France
- US Television Coverage: FOX
- Betting Line: England PK and -0.5, O/U 2.5
Before the Women’s World Cup tournament started, Norway were seen as a decent team that should advance to the knockout rounds but not much further. However, they have looked impressive in all four of their matches to this point.The Grasshoppers had little trouble in their first match, beating Nigeria 3-0, and they withstood a late charge from South Korea to ensure that they finished in second place in Group A. Norway also hung tough against tournament co-favorites France, nearly earning a result in that match.
They were underdogs in their match with Australia, but after a few nervous moments early on, they settled in. Center back Maria Thorisdottir played right on the edge in trying to shut down Sam Kerr, and she ended up being successful in that effort. Karina Saevik set up Isabell Herlovsen for Norway’s lone goal in regulation, but the game went to penalties after a late score from the Matildas. Norway came through in penalties to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007.
At this point in the tournament, England have had the fewest real challenges. They had no problems in topping Scotland, Argentina, and Japan to win Group D, and Cameroon only tested their composure. England’s game with Cameroon was one of the ugliest matches in World Cup history. Two Cameroon players should have been sent off for brutal fouls, and the Three Lionesses did well to keep their composure. They went on to win the match 3-0, but their back line did give Cameroon some golden opportunities. That can’t happen against a Norwegian side that will finish those chances.
England Player to Watch
Nikita Parris was announced as one of Olympique Lyon’s newest signees last week, and Parris is looking to take England to the semifinals. She has not scored since slotting home the opening goal for the English against Scotland, but she has made her presence felt on the field. Parris does the dirty work that opens things up for her teammates, and she shouldn’t have to worry about intentional elbows in this match.
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Norway Player to Watch
Caroline Graham Hansen nearly won it for Norway before their game against Australia in the Round of 16 went to added time. Near the end of extra time, Hansen curled a lovely ball just from just outside the box that beat Australia’s goalkeeper but caromed off the post and across the face of goal. It was a beautiful effort that showed Hansen’s class, and the Barcelona midfielder is the main playmaker on this squad.
England vs. Norway Free Picks
This Norway team is solid, and I think they could beat out some other quarterfinalists, but I don’t believe they have the strength up front to take down England.
England vs. Norway Prediction: England 2, Norway 1
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