There could be goals aplenty in Edmonton’s consolation final
In general, there can’t be many more difficult matches to play in international football than a third-place play-off just days after you’ve been knocked out at the semi-final stage of a major tournament and England Women’s coach Paul Sampson will certainly have his hands full raising the spirits of his players after that heart-breaking last-gasp defeat by Japan.
It says much of the progress that England have made in this World Cup that they’ve come away from that match against the reigning world and Olympic champions feeling cheated that they are not in Sunday’s final against the USA but must instead face Germany 24 hours earlier in a game that neither side will really want to play.
Laura Bassett’s stoppage-time own goal eventually gave Japan victory in the semi-finals but it was hardly deserved. England had fought back well after conceding an early penalty and hit the woodwork twice in the second half as they forced their higher-ranked opponents on to the back foot. But their luck ran out and you wouldn’t expect Germany to show them much mercy.
An England win is priced up at 4/1 but they don’t have a great record against Germany, who have plenty stacked in their favour at 1/2. Both teams to score could be worth an interest at 4/6 with over 3.5 goals in our Totals market available at 7/5.
The match kicks off at 9.00pm on Saturday, July 4th at the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton