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Both of these two teams enjoyed narrow victories in their World Cup openers on Saturday, so will either maintain their perfect start with a victory in Sydney?
European Champions England faced debutants Haiti in Perth at the weekend, with most expecting to see an emphatic victory.
Well, it didn’t pan out that way, with the Lionesses battling to a 1-0 victory at Lang Park, with the only goal of the night a retaken penalty.
Georgia Stanway’s spot-kick was saved but, because the goalkeeper had encroached off her line, Stanway was given a second opportunity, choosing to aim for the same corner, only this time finding the net.
So, just as they did last July, Sarina Wiegman’s team begin a major tournament campaign with a nervy 1-0 win, hoping this summer goes just as well as the last.
Only once before have the Lionesses kicked off a World Cup with two wins out of two, achieving that in 2019, so will England battle to another victory here, thereby booking their place in the round of 16?
Denmark have similar aspirations, after they, just about, defeated China PR in their opener at the weekend.
It took until the final minute of regulation time for the only goal of the night to come in Perth.
Pernille Harder’s corner picked out Amalie Vangsgaard on the edge of the area, and she pulled off the lesser-spotted long-range header, sparking wild celebrations both on the field and in the Danish technical area.
This is actually de rød-hvide’s first World Cup appearance for 16 years, but they have been Euro 2017 finalists during the intervening decade and a half.
Now, having beaten their most-obvious challengers for a top two finish, Denmark are in the catbird seat to get through to the knockout phase.
These two nations most-recently met in May 2019, with England prevailing 2-0 in Walsall in front of little over 8,000 spectators that night at the Bescot.
Safe to say, women’s football has come along way in a short period of time, but will there be a winner in front of a substantially bigger audience, at the far more glamour setting that is Sydney Football Stadium?
England team news
Sarina Wiegman named the exact same XI for all six Euro 2022 matches, making near-identical substitutions each time, but may be forced to tinker this summer.
Captain Leah Williamson, Fran Kirby and Euro golden boot winner Beth Mead are all sidelined, but Millie Bright is good to go, starting as captain against Haiti, her first appearance since sustaining a knee injury in March.
Alongside was Alex Greenwood, with Jess Carter at left-back, but those two could swap round.
If Wiegman does make any changes, it could come further forward, with many calling for Lauren James to displace Ella Toone as the number ten.
In attack, Alessia Russo was chosen to lead the line in Perth, with FAWSL top-scorer Rachel Daly left on the bench, but could that change here?
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Earps; Bronze, Bright, Greenwood, Carter; Walsh, Stanway, Toone, Hemp, Kelly; Russo.
Denmark teams news
Signe Bruun was, somewhat surprisingly, left on the bench against China PR, but could return, possibly in place of Nicoline Sørensen, on the wing.
Denmark’s main goal threat though is Pernille Harder, a player who will be very familiar to English football fans.
The Danish captain won the domestic double in each of her three seasons with Chelsea, seeking to add to her 70 international goals here, one of which came against England in Gladsaxe in a friendly six years ago.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Christensen; Sevecke, Boye Sørensen, Ballisager Pedersen, Veje; Holmgaard, Hasbo, Møller Kühl; Thomsen, Bruun, Harder.