- England have looked mightily impressive in their two games at Euro 2017 and are certainly looking like one of the teams to beat. The Lionesses began their campaign with a 6-0 shellacking of neighbours Scotland, before overcoming Spain 2-0 in a match that saw the women in white post possession stats of just 22 percent across the 90 minutes.
- Portugal didn’t get off to the best start as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Iberian rivals Spain. The team currently ranked 38th in the world managed to boost their hopes of progression with a 2-1 victory over a beleaguered Scotland, however, Francisco Neto’s girls still face an uphill struggle if they are to make it out of Group D.
Despite seeing so little of the ball against Spain, England dug in to produce a fantastic defensive display and managed to grab two goals from just two shots on target. Thanks to their robust backline and the formidable presence of goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, the Lionesses are yet to concede and should have no problems keeping out a Portuguese attack that failed to break down Spain and struggled to dispatch a hapless Scottish side. A win to nil for England looks more than likely, with odds of 4/6.
At the other end, England have looked very impressive, particularly in their opening game against the Auld Enemy. Jodie Taylor is the competition’s top scorer with four goals in two games and is 10/11 to add to her tally against Portugal. The 31-year-old, along with her strike partners, could run up another hefty scoreline, especially if Mark Sampson’s side hit top gear and expose Portugal’s defensive frailties on the break. With that in mind, England netting over 4.5 goals (5/1) looks very tempting.
A solitary point would be enough to see the Lionesses through to the quarter-finals, but centre half Millie Bright has vowed there will be ‘no let-ups’ as the team aim to raise the bar in the Netherlands. With such passion coursing through the team, it is hard to see anything other than an England victory, and with 16 goals being scored in the opening 30 minutes of games so far, England/England in the Half Time/Full Time market looks like a sensible bet at 11/20, while an England lead after half an hour also looks enticing at 17/20.
Sports.net’s top tip:
England to score over 4.5 goals
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.