England take on Norway in the first quarterfinal of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, on Thursday. a prediction of how it will finish.
Following their great showcase against Cameroon in the Fifa Women’s World Cup round of 16, England presently have Norway standing a potential semi-final place.
Phil Neville’s side defeated Cameroon 3-0 out of an exceptionally disputable game that was overwhelmed by VAR decisions and sick control from the African side.
Nonetheless, the Lionesses should put that behind them as they fight with a Norway side who thumped out 10-lady Australia 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.
Houghton is a major uncertainty following her nasty ankle injury on Sunday. Otherwise, Neville won’t have to make too many alterations to his side.
For Norway, they suffered no injuries or suspensions against Australia and go into this match with a full squad.
1. Houghton to make it
Regardless of the worries, Houghton hasn’t yet been managed out of this fixture and with her significance, it would take something extraordinary to keep her out.
Manchester City teammate Abbie McManus could step in if necessary however – maybe ideally – we’re anticipating that Houghton should begin.
Predicted England XI (4-3-3)
Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton (c), Bright, Greenwood; Walsh, Scott, Kirby; Parris, Duggan, White.
2. Norway remain the same
In spite of the fact that they went the full 120 minutes against Australia, Norway will have had just about six days to relax, train and prepare for this vital fixture.
Expect a more tightly, more unbending development than England’s with both Herlovsen and Caroline Graham Hansen driving the line for the Norwegians.
Predicted Norway XI (4-4-2)
Hjelmseth; Wold, Thorisdottir, Mjelde, Minde; Saevik, Engen, Reiten, Boe Risa; Herlovsen, Graham Hansen.
It won’t be easy but the Lionesses have more than enough ability to bypass Norway en-route to yet another semi-final for England.
Goal Predicts: England 3, Norway 1