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The round of 16 action at the Women’s World Cup continues Down Under on Monday, as England resume their bid for a historic first honour. The Lionesses topped their group, and they will come up against Nigeria at Suncorp Stadium for a place in the last eight.
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England finally delivered a performance that was fitting of a nation in the hunt for World Cup glory on matchday three in Group D. The Lionesses were excellent from start to finish against China, as they scored six excellent goals to qualify as group winners. Lauren James maintained her excellent form at the competition, as she scored twice and was involved in all other goals.
England won three from three in Group D, but they were sluggish in their wins over Haiti and Denmark, meaning that questions were hanging over them going into their final group stage match. But, those doubts were routinely answered, and the win now means England are the outright favourites in the betting.
Nigeria were on course for qualification from Group B going into the final round of matches, as they only needed to match the result from the other match in the group. However, a victory would have assured their passage through to the round of 16 as group winners. Unfortunately, they were able to land a second straight win, as they played out a nervy 0-0 draw against Ireland in Brisbane.
Still, Nigeria’s progression through to the next round was a memorable moment, as it means that they have now made the round of 16 in each of the previous two editions of the World Cup. A victory over England would also see them reach the quarterfinal for just the second time in their history, having previously achieved that feat in 1999.
England vs Nigeria Head to Head
This will only be the second time that England and Nigeria have clashed at the Women’s World Cup. The previous clash came in 1995, as England registered a dramatic 3-2 win in Sweden. However, Nigeria are winless in their last nine matches at the World Cup against European opposition.
England vs Nigeria Prediction
England was excellent in their final group stage match, and they will come into the round of 16 with huge confidence behind them. For that reason, we struggle to see anything other than a comfortable win for the Lionesses.
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