FIFA Women’s World Cup match between England and Argentina

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

By Jonathan Willis
FIFA Womens World Cup match England and Argentina

Ahead of the World Cup, England were seen as one of the favorites to win it all. The Three Lionesses were the fourth-favorite at the World Cup, and they took care of business in their first game. They can put themselves in prime position to win Group D with a win over Argentina on Friday. The Argentines stunned former world champions Japan by holding them scoreless in a 0-0 draw, and that was Argentina’s first ever result in this competition.

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England vs. Argentina

Date and Time: June 14, 2019, 3 p.m. ET

Location: Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France

US Television Coverage: FOX

Betting Line: England -2.5, O/U 3 and 3.5

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The plan for Argentina was pretty clear from the opening whistle. Stay behind the ball, crowd the box, and hope for the best. You can’t blame Argentina for going very conservative considering their history at the World Cup. In two previous trips to the World Cup, they were outscored by a combined margin of 33-2, and that was very much on their minds.

Argentina followed their plan to perfection in the first half. Japan had no great opportunities, and they were unable to find much open space once they were within 30 yards of goal. They had a few more chances in the second half, but Japan held firm for a scoreless draw in a game with 6 total shots on goal.

The Three Lionesses were looking to start with a bang, and they scored a 2-1 win over Scotland in their opener. Nikita Parris didn’t need long to open up the scoring, and Ellen White made the score 2-0 just before the halftime whistle.

In the second half, England weren’t able to convert some good chances, and things looked a bit hairy after Scotland scored to cut the lead to one. However, England put the clamps on from there, and the Scots didn’t have a good chance in the final 10 minutes.

England Player to Watch

Parris looks to be one of the top players at this year’s World Cup. She has 13 goals in 35 matches for the national team, and she has shown why Champions League title holder Olympique Lyon made the move to sign her last month. Parris has excellent ball skills, and she has a quick burst that she can use to get around defenders. She can play a very physical game too, and that will come in handy as Argentina are likely to use the same tactics they used versus Japan.

Argentina Player to Watch

Estefania Banini is the most talented player on Argentina. She has six goals in 16 matches with the national team, but she wasn’t really looking to score against Japan. Banini’s job was to hold the ball for as long as possible to try and draw fouls or burn time and take the pressure off of Argentina’s back line. Her dribbling skills were on full display, and we saw her continually stall things out to fluster Japan. Banini will likely have the same role on Friday.

England vs. Argentina Free Picks

The Three Lionesses have been in better form than Japan, and they have far more attacking talent. They won’t be befuddled in the same ways as Japan. Jill Scott and Karen Carney will put their attackers in dangerous positions with sharp passes from the midfield, and the forwards will break through early. That will cause Argentina’s defense to slowly unravel, resulting in a comfortable win for England.

England vs. Argentina Prediction: England 3, Argentina 0

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