After wins in every one of their opening FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, have country France and Norway will meet in their second Group A fixture on Wednesday at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice.
France had no issues in their first game against South Korea, as they were absolutely overwhelming in a 4-0 win at the Parc des Princes in Paris. It was an update that with the quality they have and a huge crowd behind them, Les Bleues will be hard to beat at this World Cup.
Norway might be without star striker Aga Hederberg, however they proved they have quality inside and out when they coasted to a 3-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday.
Read on for the latest odds for the match, the viewing information and a preview of what’s to come in this key encounter.
France win (4-11)
Norway win (9-1)
Date: Wednesday, June 12
Time: 8 p.m. (BST), 3 p.m. (ET)
TV Info: BBC Four (UK), Fox (U.S.)
Live Stream: BBC iPlayer (UK), Fox Sports (U.S.)
Friday’s success over South Korea was the ideal starting to the competition for France, as they utilized their muscles with an overwhelming showcase.
The match was continually going to be a challenging one for South Korea given the gorge in quality between the two outfits. Even so, the hosts were able to settle any early nerves in the ninth minute, when Eugenie Le Sommer struck to give her side an early lead.
From that point it was plain sailing, with a Wendie Renard brace and a late strike from Amandine Henry completing the rout.
In the interim, Le Sommer made another step towards a landmark number of goals for her country with her opener:
Meanwhile, Le Sommer took another step towards a landmark number of goals for her country with her opener:
They flew out of the traps, scoring three first-half goals to adequately end the challenge. Guro Reiten was the key player for Norway, as she scored one and made another in a comprehensive win.
There’s no reason behind why they shouldn’t be confident of springing a disturbed going into the game with Les Bleues, either. Their fine structure began well before they landed at the World Cup, and the triumph over Nigeria was their fifth win in six matches in all competitions.
All things considered, the hosts will speak to a major advance up in quality. In light of that,Norway will need to adopt a different game plan from the attacking one they deployed against Nigeria, as the quality in the France setup will exploit any spaces left in defensive positions.
The French should be patient against a more robust opponent, but they will do enough to get the job done in the end.
France vs Norway prediction
France is just too powerful, dominates the ball and puts Norway away in the second half.