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England vs Portugal betting tips: Women’s international friendly preview, predictions, team news and odds

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England vs Portugal match preview

In front of a sold-out crowd in Milton Keynes, will England claim a friendly victory, before heading Down Under for the World Cup later this month?

The Lionesses are one of the favourites to go all the way in Australia & New Zealand this summer, given that they were crowned European Champions last summer.

Sarina Wiegman’s side will start their campaign on 22 July against Haiti, before taking on Denmark and then China PR.

So, in their last pre-tournament warm-up game, will England be victorious?

A Selecção das Quinas finished bottom of their group at the Euros last summer, so very little is expected of them this time round.

Francisco Neto’s team are building towards their group opener against Netherlands in 23 July, before meeting fellow-debutants Vietnam and then back-to-back World Champions USA.

Given that the two sides who contested the most-recent World Cup Final are alongside them in Group E, it would be a massive surprise if Portugal reached the knockout phase.

This’ll be a first meeting between these two since October 2019, with Beth Mead the only scorer at Estádio do Bonfim that night.

In all, England have won their last four meetings with Portugal, dating back to 2001, with a home win likely at Stadium MK.

England team news

Millie Bright will not feature here, having not played a minute since suffering an injury playing for Chelsea on 22 March, but is hopeful of starting the tournament opener against Haiti.

Thus, centre-back could be an issue, which is why England fans were so concerned when Alex Greenwood suffered a whack in training this week, but she said herself that she’s fine.

Jordan Nobbs is the other player carrying an injury, so won’t feature in this friendly.

Rachel Daly was the top scorer in the FAWSL this season, so will her and Alessia Russo start up front together, if so, how will they combine as a partnership?

Georgia Stanway, Chloe Kelly, Russo and Lauren James were all on target when England were last in action at Stadium MK in February, demolishing Korea Republic 4-0.

Portugal team news

A pair of Silvas, Diana and Jéssica, are likely to be Portugal’s most dangerous attackers, while Ana Borges could win her 155th cap, extending her own national record.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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