Women's Euro 2017 Final - Denmark vs Netherlands - Match Preview

Women’s Euro 2017 Final – Denmark vs Netherlands – Match Preview – The final of the 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO is upon us with surprise finalists Denmark facing the hosts, Netherlands. The tournament has provided plenty of shocks with defending champions Germany crashing out in the quarter finals having won the previous six tournaments in a row.

Netherlands

The host nation has really impressed since their opening match against Norway in Group A. Their potent attack of Lieke Martens, Vivienne Miedema and Shanice van de Sanden has helped the Netherlands score nine goals in their five outings. Not only the ‘Clockwork Orange’ attack has been prospering in front of a home crowd however; the defence has also illustrated stability and rigidness having only conceded once in their path to the final.

Women's Euro 2017 Final - Denmark vs Netherlands - Match Preview

The Netherlands have been in great form and home support will be an advantage Photo Credit: skysports.com

After gliding through the group stages without a hiccup, the hosts continued to showcase their class in their quarter-final against Sweden where goals from Barcelona winger Lieke Martens and Arsenal striker Vivienne Miedema elated a packed-out home crowd. The semi-final saw Netherlands face their toughest test against an England side who had been scoring for fun in the run up to the fixture. However, the hosts made lightwork of the English disposing of them in a clinical 3-0 victory. The ruthless, potent manor of the Netherlands style of play will make it hard to bet against them in this final.

Skybet Match Result – Netherlands to Win – 3/4

Denmark

Denmark have been defying the odds since the group stages in an impressive manor. Qualifying second through Group A, behind their final opponents, was unexpected for the Danes following a tough Group draw. Their final group stage victory over a strong Norwegian team saw them clinch second place in the group and a quarter final draw against tournament favourites, Germany.

Women's Euro 2017 Final - Denmark vs Netherlands - Match Preview

Denmark defeated Austria on penalties to reach the final Photo Credit: skysports.com

The Danes fairy-tale continued as two second half goals including a late winner from right-back, Theresa Nielsen, provided the tournaments biggest shock and saw them progress to the semi-final stages and draw the other surprise package of the EURO’s, Austria. Penalties decided the Danes fate, in which they held their nerve and beat the Austrian’s 3-0 to see them astoundingly reach the final of the tournament. The underdog story has captured the eyes of all Women’s football fans across Europe and although they will be playing against a difficult away crowd, plenty will be cheering for the underdogs back home.

Skybet Match Result – Denmark to Win – 15/4

 

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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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France Women's vs Iceland Women's - Match Preview

France Women’s vs Iceland Women’s – Match Preview – France face Iceland in their opening fixture at the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euros. The two nations have a history in the tournament, having met eight years ago when Iceland kicked off their debut campaign at the European Championships; where France were victorious, 3-1. This was one of France’s seven victories over Iceland in a total of nine competitive encounters that has seen the small Scandinavian nation win once. With form, quality and history, it would suggest an easy three points for the French, however, Iceland will be looking to establish themselves amongst Europe’s elite by providing a monumental shock in their curtain raiser.

France recently took the field on two occasions for friendly internationals against Belgium and Norway. A dominant 2-0 victory over the Belgians showcased the class that the French women possessed, however, were held to a 1-1 draw with the Norwegians most recently after taking an early lead in the third minute. Defensive insecurities were capitalised on by Norway as they equalised late on to stop the French in their tracks. France’s world class attack is their best asset, however they will have to keep defensive mistakes to a minimum if they are to go all the way in this tournament; a milestone that manager, Olivier Echouafni, believes is a realistic achievement. Can the French kickstart their campaign with an expected victory?

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

Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir will spearhead the Iceland attack Photo Credit: visir.is

Iceland have failed to impress in their recent showings; their most recent match ending in a 1-0 loss to Brazil in an international friendly. The small, proud nation also drew with Ireland in a recent friendly and have failed to show much attacking prowess in their bouts. Manager, Freyr Alexandersson, will understand the mammoth task ahead of his rather inexperienced side and may play for a draw; a result that would be fantastic for Iceland and terrible for France. Going toe to toe with one of the world’s strongest nations should prove too difficult for the Icelandic outfit, however, with the magical feeling surrounding this tournament, anything could be possible. Icelandic legend, Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir, will be her nation’s biggest threat, spearheading the Scandinavian attack. The striker is the women’s side all-time top scorer and will be looking to add to her already impressive career tally. Can Viðarsdóttir and company provide a huge shock?

Skybet Match Result – Iceland to Win – 18/1

 

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