England Women vs Norway Women Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs Norway | Monday 22 June, 2015 | Ottawa | 22.00 GMT
England get ready to play Norway in the second round of the Women’s World Cup on Monday after an impressive win over Colombia in their final group game.
A 2-1 victory for the Lionesses saw them finish the group stages in second place, behind France only on goal difference.
Mark Samson said his team are now building momentum right at the point when it is most needed as they go into clash against Norway in the last 16 on Monday. Norway sit five places below England in the world, ranking 11th to England’s 6th.
“Norway drew 1-1 with the best team in the tournament [Germany], but we are playing well and have weapons to potentially hurt them,” commented Sampson.
“We are building a real sense of momentum emotionally and in our results and performances so we can play them confidently and look to be positive.”
If England had finished top in the group their last-16 opponents may have been less tough that Norway, however if they win the next stage they will now avoid playing Germany in the last eight.
Sampson revealed that he was not worried about the route that the team takes through the tournament as the team aims to reach at least the final four. Previously England have never made it past the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
“Norway have shown they are a very good side and, from now on, anything but a good England performance won’t be good enough for us to get a result,” said the England boss.
“We have to raise the bar because we are going to be challenged by some great teams.”
Karen Carney found the net against Colombia last time out as she snuck the ball past the keeper and Fara Williams took the tally up to two for the Lionesses with a penalty before half time. A late goal from Lady Andrade wasn’t enough for Colombia to get back in the game.
Carney has now scored twice in the competition and could be key to finding the win against Norway. Sampson praised his star play, saying, “She is a wizard at times on the football pitch, she just sees things and delivers things that no one else can imagine and we have seen that in the last two games.”
Norway beat Ivory Coast and Thailand and drew against Germany to come out second in the group. Germany, ranked second in the world, started out strongly in the tie and took the lead with a sixth minute goal from striker Anja Mittag.
Norwegian midfielder Maren Mjedle scored a stunning second-half free kick to secure the well-deserved 1-1 draw and proving that Norway are certainly a team to watch in the competition.
England Women vs Norway Women Betting Tips
It could be a tough match for the Lionesses but it looks like England will come out on top. We’re backing a 2-1 victory for England at 9/1 with Betway.