This year’s Women’s World Cup has shaped up to be quite a tournament. It may not have the promotion or kudos of the men’s game but its popularity is ever growing and it really shows on the pitch. The event started with just 24 teams, split across six groups. 16 teams made it through to the knockout stages and with those well underway, eight will progress to the quarter-finals.
And thankfully, England is among them. The Lionesses managed to overcome some very dodgy tactics from Cameroon to secure a 3-0 victory and march on to the next round. Despite having never played each other before, England were favourites to win the game from the outset. It didn’t take long for Captain Steph Houghton to find the back of the net. Her free kick in the 14th minute put them ahead and gave them the impetus to keep control of the game.
By the end of the first half, it as clear that Cameroon were struggling to keep hold of the ball. Possession stats showed England on 66% which they took full advantage of. Ellen White found the back of the net for goal number two on the stroke of half time after a lovely pass from Lucy Bronze.
The second half started better for Cameroon but less than five minutes in and their hopes were dashed when VAR ruled their goal offside. Less than 15 minutes later and Alex Greenwood solidified England’s lead with a third goal. And that was enough to take England through to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup.
Steph Houghton, Player Of The Match, said after the game: “I think as England players we remained calm, we didn’t get involved in anything and we’re through to the quarter-finals.
“For the goal, I saw a little gap, tried to use the technique that I’ve got – and practice every day in training – and I got it through.”
Phil Nevilles England team now face Norway in the quarter-finals. That game will take place on Thursday, June 27th at 8pm. The winners of that will face the winners of the France game in the semi-finals.
As expected, the USA are favourites to win the tournament outright at general odds of 7/4. After that, the running order is France, then Germany before England as 4th favourites to win the Women’s World Cup.
I’ve scouted around for the best England odds which range from 6/1 with Paddy Power Sports to 7/1 with both Betfred Sports and Bet365 Sportsbook. Only Ladbrokes sportsbook is slightly more favourable with odds of 15/2.
Can England win the Women’s World Cup 2019? Fingers crossed!