2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: England vs. Canada Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/27/15
Canada (2-0-2) vs. England (3-1)
World Cup: Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Canada)
The Line: Canada +133 / England +233-- Over/Under: 2 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
England and Canada meet Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
England eliminated Norway with a late goal to win the match, 2-1. England has gotten to this point with a defense that’s allowed 18 shots on goal and four goals this tournament. England has made it tough to get good looks, and goalie Karen Bardsley has come away with 14 saves and allowed just one first half goal. Offensively, England has to believe it can do better, but it has scored six times on 20 shots on target. Karen Carney and Steph Houghton have combined for three goals, while Fara Williams has an assist and five shot attempts. England has lost the ball possession arrow twice this tournament and must be more aggressive offensively if it’s going to keep advancing. Still, England’s defense gives itself a shot against anybody, especially considering its blocked 14 shots in its last three matches.
Canada eliminated Switzerland in the round of 16 with a 1-0 victory. Canada is also a team that’s turned to its defense, allowing just one goal this tournament and nine shots on target. Canada has done a great job of controlling the pace of matches and has allowed just five shot attempts total in three of its four matches. Erin McLeod has made eight saves. Offensively, Ashley Lawrence, Christine Sinclair and Josee Belanger have combined for all three goals for the hoist country. Canada has 33 shot attempts in its last three matches and has to be frustrated that more have not found the back of the net. Canada is a dangerous team with its elite defense and the help from the home crowd, but it must find more success offensively if it’s truly going to win the trophy.
Both teams are struggling on the offensive end, which makes the under a possible play. As for a winner, I am leaning Canada once again.
The under line is exactly where it should be, so I'm taking Canada to get the job done during regulation. Canada is in better form right now and of course still has the home crowd advantage that keeps giving it a boost.