We’re updating our Women’s World Cup 2019 predictions throughout the tournament and have a 9/4 Wednesday double for punters as England’s group comes to an end.
Scotland are also still chasing a place in the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams, so an exciting evening is on the cards.
England to beat Japan @ 21/20
Phil Neville’s side have only been workmanlike in beating Scotland 2-1 and then Argentina 1-0, but this is a chance to make a statement against the 2015 runners-up.
The Lionesses were beaten 2-1 by Japan in the semis of the 2015 tournament in Canada, a match settled by Laura Bassett’s stoppage-time own goal, but look to have become the stronger of the two teams since then.
Barcelona forward Toni Duggan is “itching to get out there” after missing the two wins to date with a thigh problem and feels England are in fine spirits.
She said: “The first two games in this tournament haven’t been easy, they’ve been difficult, against tough opponents, but you’ve seen the real togetherness.
“Now it’s not about any revenge or how we played last time against Japan. It’s just about topping the group at this World Cup, that’s our aim.”
Japan are second with four points, having drawn 0-0 with Argentina and beaten Scotland 2-1, but they just haven’t impressed us visually so far.
Scotland to beat Argentina @ 3/5
Shelley Kerr’s side have performed with plenty of credit when underdogs versus England and Japan and now must prove they can handle the pressure of being favourites against Argentina.
Scotland have twice been edged out 2-1, each time in similar circumstances, conceding all their goals before half-time and then battling back in the second period.
Kerr commented: “Tactically, I’m not a coach who is going to sit in and park the bus against the better teams, because we’ll never improve.
“We’ve improved massively over the last year and a half and that’s because we have a philosophy…we needed to be brave and positive.”
Against Japan, Scotland could have had a penalty and then hit the post before substitute Lana Clelland pulled a goal back with a superb strike in the 88th minute.
In our book, such efforts have been far superior to the negative game-plan employed by Argentina and will help to overcome opponents who are 17 places below them in the world rankings.
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