Norway vs England Preview

Norway vs England Preview: Lionesses should win open game

Amid all of the controversy in the aftermath of the Cameroon clash, it should be remembered how impressive England were at times in that victory. Phil Neville’s Lionesses have reached the quarter finals of their fourth-straight World Cup after winning 3-0, and though their opponents quite clearly lost their heads, England deserve credit as they prepare to face Norway.

They started with real purpose, doing exactly what they have been for much of the tournament so far by overloading the flanks and creating space in the middle of midfield. Once again, that allowed Fran Kirby and Jill Scott the space to supply Ellen White up front, though it was a surprisingly quiet game for Nikita Parris and Toni Duggan, who started the day out wide.

But Neville will be aware of the consistent issue facing his side; their inability to keep intensity up as games go on. On this occasion, their early goal, a free-kick inside the box scored by captain Steph Houghton, probably made them too comfortable, and they will get caught out by better teams if they do not improve quickly.

Will Norway be that team? Only time will tell, but even though they don’t have the individual quality of England, France or the USA, their main strengths lie in an area of the pitch that will really open England up to danger. Read More

Norway vs Australia

Norway vs Australia Preview: Will Sam Kerr prove the difference?

When Ada Hegerberg announced she wouldn’t be taking to the biggest stage in women’s football this summer, Norway’s slim chances of success in France took a huge and potentially fatal hit. Winner of the first Women’s Ballon d’Or last year, the Lyon striker scored a hat-trick in the Champions League final against Barcelona, and her country was expected to really struggle without her. So far, so good, though, as they prepare for a clash with Australia in the last 16.

Both of these sides have won two of three games at the World Cup so far. Norway beat Nigeria and South Korea, but lost narrowly to France, while Australia bounced back from an opening game defeat to Italy with six points, and seven goals scored, against Brazil and Jamaica. The different styles of these sides have been evident throughout the tournament; though Norway put a rather poor Nigeria side to the sword, winning 3-0, both their other games were tight and decided by the odd goal in three. Read More

France vs Norway

France vs Norway Preview: Les Bleues must tighten the screw

Someone asked if 2019 World Cup hosts France would get off to a good start on Matchday one against Korea Republic. They certainly did, with an emphatic 4-0 victory. But Les Bleues must now tighten the screw on their lead in Group A against an equally resolute Norway side who picked apart Nigeria in a 3-0 demolition.

$400 million was competed for by 32 teams at the men’s World Cup in Russia last year. France won the showpiece and took home $38 million. In contrast, only $30 million is up for grabs in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Once again, France are poised to gobble up the $4 million that goes to the eventual winners.

Despite the glaring gender disparity in football, the improvement of the women’s game is getting more pronounced by the day. Total prize money for the Women’s World Cup has risen by 100% and is set to go higher. For the 2019 edition, one question pundits are asking is, will France hold two categories of senior world cup titles come July 7th? This much points to the terrifying quality of Corinne Diacre’s French side. Read More