Norway vs. England
|Date & Time||Thursday June 27, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Le Havre, France
The Line: Norway +230 / England +110 / Draw +250 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Norway and England meet Thursday in the FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinals at Stade Océane.
Norway was able to pull off a slight upset against Australia in the round of 16, a match that was dominated on penalty kicks. Norway produced 27 shot attempts, eight of which were on goal and allowed just four of Australia’s 20 shot attempts to be on goal. Norway was physical throughout the match, got good looks offensively and really bottled up Sam Kerr throughout the victory. Isabell Herlovsen has found the back of the net in the last two matches for Norway and coach Martin Sjogren mentioned how impressed he is with how his team has handled the pressure of these big matches. With a respectable win under its belt, Norway can no longer be overlooked. Norway looks to make the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time since finishing in fourth place in 2007.
England is fresh off a comfortable 3-0 win over Cameroon in the round of 16 and has now won all four of its matches to get to this point. In the victory, England controlled the ball for 63 percent of the match and got three of its seven shot attempts on goal. Ellen White has scored three goals for England this World Cup and is now tied with Karen Carney for the most goals scored (32) on this active squad. It’s hard to argue with the results, as England is finding ways to win and has shown explosiveness at times offensively, but this team has to play faster if it hopes to keep marching forward in the tournament. You’d like to see England push the pace a little more and make the most of dominating ball possession the way it has up to this point. England looks to make back-to-back World Cup semifinal appearances.
Norway won a 2017 friendly match 1-0 against England, while the Three Lionesses won a 2015 World Cup match 2-1.
This is going to be the toughest test yet for England, as you can argue it’s been a fairly easy road up to this point. I’m also concerned about the speed England has played with and not exactly making the most of its opportunities. While wins are wins, England has left some meat on the bone through four matches. Norway just beat a really good Australia side and hung around with France for majority of its match. Norway is battle tested and has enough depth offensively to make this match interesting.
I like the value of Norway and the big plus money.