Hosts Australia and European champions England meet in Sydney on Wednesday morning for the semi final of 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Australia v England odds
England head into their third semi final in as many tournaments as the favourites to win the match and reach their first ever World Cup final, with Sky Bet pricing a Lionesses victory at 13/10.
Australia upset the odds to knock out France in the last round, and will have to do the same again to reach Sunday’s all important final.
The Matildas have been given 12/5 odds knock the European champions out, while a draw is priced at 2/1.
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Australia v England preview
The Lionesses came from behind to win their quarter final tie against Colombia on Saturday as they equalled their best performance at a World Cup by reaching the semi finals for the third tournament in a row.
Sarina Wiegman’s side fell behind in the 44th minute but Lauren Hemp found the back of the net in the seventh minute of first half stoppage time to send the teams into the break all square.
Alessio Russo’s second goal of the tournament midway through the second half saw England through to the semi finals, where they will play against the hosts, Australia.
It was another not entirely formidable performances from the European champions, but it was an improvement on their Round of 16 victory over Nigeria, in which the Lionesses were largely dominated before progressing via a penalty shootout.
England’s top scorer and top assister of the competition, Lauren James, remains sidelined for the semi final after it was deemed by FIFA officials that her red card against Nigeria was worthy of a two-match ban.
Australia have reached the last four of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in their country’s history after defeating France in a marathon penalty shoot out in Brisbane in the quarter final on Saturday morning.
It took 10 penalties each before a winner was found, as Matildas substitute Cortnee Vine struck the winning penalty to give them a 7-6 shootout victory after a previously goalless 120 minutes.
Tony Gustavsson’s side will feel the backing of their nation as the hosts bid to reach the World Cup final for the first time.
The two nations have met before on six occasions, with England leading the head-to-head 3-2, but the Matildas are the only nation to have beaten the Lionesses since Wiegman took charge in 2021, with that one defeat in 37 matches coming in London earlier this year.
Australia v England betting tips
Both sides have needed a penalty shootout at some point in the knockout stage to reach Wednesday’s semi final, and it’s unlikely that spot kicks may be required again to find a winner, with Sky Bet offering 8/1 odds on either to win on pens.
England are the narrow favourites to progress to the final having reached the semis of the last two tournaments as well, and head into this year’s as champions of Europe.
A closely-fought out game seems likely and a narrow England win of 2-1 can be had at 17/2 with Sky Bet.
How to watch Australia v England
- Location: Stadium Australia, Sydney
- Date and time: Wednesday 16 August 2023, 11am
- How to watch: BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website
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