Norway vs England, Thursday’s match for the Quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup at the Stade Océane in Le Havre, France.
The Norwegians secured the quarter-finals after beating Australia through penalties. Norway was very close to being eliminated as the Australians demanded additional strength from the Norwegians.
Usually this team has conceded goals, which is a concern and at the same time gives some hope to the English. However, that did not stop them from getting so far, with Martin Sjögren training to secure his place against the English, and with the dream of being able to go further.
Norway are not expected to make many changes in the starting eleven of the team, so the coach should play with his best squad with Caroline Graham Hansen to pull the team.
The English team were in first place in Group D with three wins and now have four consecutive victories in this competition.
However, England still needs to be tested in this competition, as their group was somewhat accessible. After the excellent display against Cameroon in the last 16, England now have a tougher challenge against Norway, but Phil Neville’s team want to continue this victorious record and they want to try to win this trophy and win the glory.
It will also be unlikely that Phil Neville will make many changes at England’s eleven, as the winning team does not need to be changed, although there are enough solutions on the roster with great quality.
England has been a little better in this World Cup campaign compared to the Norwegians, but the quality of play between the two teams has not been so uneven. I think it’s a very balanced and disputed game; both teams must have some scoring opportunities. In this game, my prediction goes to the victory of the English.