England vs France - Match Preview

England vs France – Match Preview – England Women face France Women in a mouthwatering quarter final tie at the 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO’s. Mark Sampson’s England side topped Group D with three victories over Scotland, Spain and Portugal. France seemed to show frailties in Group C, scraping through in second place behind an Austria side that held them to a draw in the group stages. England will have hoped for an easier tie in the quarter final, as France are one of the tournament favourites despite their average showing so far.

England defeated Portugal 2-1 to reach the Quarter Finals Photo Credit: skysports.com

The ‘Lionesses’ have shown a ruthless side to their game so far at the tournament. England have scored 10 goals in their three matches; six of them coming against a Scotland side that seemed to crumble under the big lights. Confident they would qualify, Sampson made 10 changes for their previous outing against Portugal in an effort to rest his strongest eleven for this match, a good decision as they drew France. Jodie Taylor has stolen the spotlight so far having scored 4 goals in 2 games spearheading an experience and dangerous attack. Chelsea forward Fran Kirby has been the catalyst to England’s attack with her flair and composure in the final third. Can Sampson’s ladies continue their rampant form in this tournament by knocking out one of the favourites?

Skybet Match Result – England to Win in 90 mins – 13/8

As aforementioned, France have been a shadow of their former selves so far in this tournament, only showing their class in small glimpses. One victory and two draws was unexpected from the French, who struggled to convert their chances in front of goal and let the other nations control the tempo of the match. Midfielder Amandine Henry scored a vital goal in their 1-1 stalemate with Group C winners, Austria. Her steady, calming style of play will be crucial to the French in the quarter final if they are to compete against the abrasive English midfield. Attacker Elodie Thomis has also impressed at club level this past season but has yet to showcase her talent at the competition. If she finds her feet it could spell trouble for England. Can France turn around their tournament after a less than convincing start?

Skybet Match Result – France to Win in 90 mins – 15/8

 

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Portugal vs England - Match Preview

Portugal vs England – Match Preview – England will face Portugal in their final group stage fixture at the 2017 Women’s EURO’s where they will be looking to secure top spot in Group D. Mark Sampson’s side are yet to concede a goal in the tournament and have scored eight in two matches. Spain came close to breaking down the tough English defence led by captain, Steph Houghton, however failed to do so. Portugal overcame a tough test against Scotland where a late counter attacking goal gave them their first win of the tournament, despite having spent plenty of the match on the back foot.

England have been the most impressive team in the tournament so far. Their clinical attack led by poacher, Jodie Taylor, has delivered plenty of creativity and goals thus far. The Arsenal striker has scored four goals in two matches and currently leads the tournament golden boot standings. She has been supported by attackers, Ellen White and Fran Kirby who have also had no trouble finding the back of the net.

Jodie Taylor tops the scoring charts in the tournament so far with 4 goals Photo Credit: skysports.com

England have illustrated their strength and depth with midfield and defence also impressing. Centre midfield rock, Jill Scott, continued her impressive form following the Scotland victory and defender, Lucy Bronze, has continued to showcase her attacking ability down the right side. All in all, England shouldn’t have too much trouble dispatching of this rather underwhelming Portugal side.

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – England to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 11/4

Portugal scraped through victory over Scotland in their last game Photo Credit: skysports.com

Portugal most recently took to the field against Scotland, where they narrowly won 2-1. The Portuguese seemed to struggle to string many passes together and were only dangerous in counter attacking scenarios. Scotland were able to give Portugal a tough 90 minutes where they were on the backfoot for plenty of it, so England will be another level all together. Trindade Coruche Mendes’ pace was Portugal’s biggest outlet, however were lucky Scotland were not clinical enough and squandered easy chances.

Portugal, like many nations at this tournament, are appearing for the first time. Manager Francisco Neto, has expressed his delight that his team were able to salvage three points in their first major tournament and will also believe his side have a good chance of qualification. Can Neto and his side create more history?

Skybet Match Result – Portugal to Win in 90 mins – 14/1

 

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England Women's vs Scotland Women's - Match Preview

England Women’s vs Scotland Women’s – Match Preview – England will face Scotland in their opening match of their 2017 Women’s Euros campaign as the two nations fierce sporting rivalry continues.

England are entering the tournament as one of the favourites to go the distance, bringing plenty of talent and quality in their 23-woman squad. Scotland are participating in their first major tournament in the nation’s history- a big achievement for these women. England are the favourites to win on Wednesday however any contest involving England and Scotland often provides drama and entertainment.

England Women's vs Scotland Women's - Match Preview

Ellen White can provide a huge threat to the Scotland defence Photo Credit: skysports.com

Mark Sampson’s ladies most recently took to the field in some international friendlies against Switzerland and Denmark. The ‘Lionesses’ easily dispatched of the Swiss before defeating the Danes, 2-1, in a close encounter. A brace from Birmingham City FC striker, Ellen White, was enough for the English to continue their winning momentum and will also give the striker confidence ahead of Wednesday’s opener. White is arguably England’s biggest threat going forward but is in good company with Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor, just to name a few of England’s attackers. Can White and company kickstart their campaign with an expected three points against rivals?

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – England to Win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 11/8

England Women's vs Scotland Women's - Match Preview

Jane Ross will come up against many team mates when taking on England Photo Credit: skysports.com

Scotland will be looking to begin their first ever major tournament with a victory over tough opposition. Their very first major tournament will prove to be an uphill battle from the beginning, as they are joined by Portugal and Spain in Group D, however they feel confident they will prove people wrong. Striker, Jane Ross, has had a fantastic season at Manchester City and will be facing off against many of her team-mates, who will understand the threat Ross can cause. Scotland most recently took to the field in an international friendly against Ireland. A late 85th minute winner against Christie Murray grabbed the Scots the win they deserved; after failing to convert many chances. Can Scotland cause an upset on their debut at the Euros?

Skybet Match Result – Scotland to Win – 11/1

Both nations attacks have had no problem finding the back of the net this season. Will this translate into this tournament?

Skybet Under/Over Goals – Over 2.5 Goals in 90 mins – 4/6

 

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