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China PR vs England betting tips: Women’s World Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

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China PR vs England match preview

England may have maximum points on the board, one of just five teams who can say that after two matchdays, but you don’t get the sense that the European Champions are going to go all the way do you?

To date, Sarina Wiegman’s side have recorded a pair of 1-0 wins Down Under, narrowly beating Haiti in Brisbane and then Denmark in Sydney on Friday.

Lauren James’ wonder-strike the difference at Sydney Football Stadium, becoming the second-youngest Lionesse to score at a World Cup.

However, the win was completely overshadowed by the knee injury suffered by Kiera Walsh shortly before half time, with this sucking the life out of both the team and the tens of thousands of supporters in attendance.

It’s since be confirmed that Walsh has not ruptured her ACL and will remain with the squad in Australia, but no other information has yet been made public.

In terms of results, the Lionesses need just a draw here to make sure of a place in the round of 16, a result that would see them clinch top spot, setting up a clash with Nigeria in Brisbane on Monday.

As for China PR, they kept alive their qualification hopes by beating Haiti 1-0 on Friday, certainly having to work hard to leave Adelaide victorious.

The Asian Champions were defeated by Denmark in their opener, conceding in stoppage time, and everything was going wrong against Haiti too when Zhāng Ruì was sent off half an hour into their must-win match.

However, with 15 minutes remaining, Zhāng Línyàn was tripped in the penalty area, an Wáng Shuāng convertd the subsequent spot-kick, as the ten-players held on for a crucial win.

The Steel Roses have never been eliminated in the World Cup group stages, reaching the final itself 24 years ago, with Shuǐ Qìngxiá’s team under enormous pressure to preserve that record.

China are currently below Denmark on head-to-head record, so must better the Danes result to sneak through, realistically requiring a win.

As alluded to, if both China and Denmark were both to win, the top three would all end up on six points.

If both England and Haiti or both China and Denmark win 1-0, the seventh tie-breaker disciplinary record will be used to determine who advances.

England do not want to be worrying about complicated permutations, so will the European Champions get the result they need against the Asian Champions at Hindmarsh Stadium?

China PR team news

Friday’s match winner Wáng Shuāng, who is undisputedly their best attacker, is yet to start a match at this World Cup, reportedly due to the fact the Racing Louisville striker joined up with the squad late.

She’ll surely start this time, while her strike partner from last summer’s victorious Asian Cup campaign, Wáng Shānshān will continue to be utilised as a centre-back; another weird one!

In goal, Xú Huān started the opener against Denmark, but her error saw her dropped against Haiti, with Zhū Yù coming in.

Meantime, Zhāng Ruì’s red card for a high tackle four days ago means she’s suspended, with Zhāng Xīn set to come into midfield.

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Zhū Yù; Li Mengwen, Wáng Shānshān, Yao Wei, Chen Qiaozhu; Zhāng Xīn, Lou Jiahui, Zhāng Línyàn, Yao Lingwei; Lou Jiahui, Wáng Shuāng.

England teams news

As mentioned, Keira Walsh suffered a serious knee injury against Denmark and while, thankfully, she has not ruptured her ACL, the 26 year old is unlikely to take to the field any time soon.

It’s impossible to overstate how important to this team Walsh is, not only is she one of the very best defensive midfielders on the planet, England do not have an obvious deputy.

Laura Coombs came on for Walsh on Friday, with Georgia Stanway dropping a bit deeper, while Jordan Nobbs and Katie Zelem are the other potential midfield options.

Goalkeeper Mary Earps deserves a mention, given that she’s been immense at this tournament, pulling off crucial saves in both wins to date.

FAWSL golden boot winner Rachel Daly, wearing the number nine shirt, was back at left-back against Denmark, where she was deployed during the Euros, a move that allows Alex Greenwood to shift inside.

Lauren James’ match-winner in Sydney will see her keep her place, chosen over Lauren Hemp, while Alessia Russo is set to continue up top, despite her ongoing goal draught.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Earps; Bronze, Bright, Greenwood, Daly; Coombs, Stanway, Toone, James, Kelly; Russo.

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