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Friendly International: England vs Germany

Match Preview – Kick-Off 5:30pm Wembley

England’s women are aiming to put their recent poor form behind them by securing a first win on home soil against the two-time World Champions, Germany.

Saturday’s friendly at Wembley Stadium could see a record attendance for a women’s match in the UK with the 90,000 stadium expecting to be a sell out.

The FA will also use this fixture as an opportunity to honour former England women footballers at England’s home of football, where they never got a chance to play on. These players are expected to include former England Captain and current Manchester United Manager, Casey Stoney.

Previous Meetings

The Germans have largely dominated the rivalry between these two sides.  There have been 25 meetings in total and the Lionesses have lost 20 of them.

In the past four years however there has certainly been cause for optimism as England defeated Germany for the first time in a World Cup Third place playoff match 1-0 in Canada.

Phil Neville’s team have also achieved two draws in the past four years against Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side including a 2-2 draw in the SheBelieves Cup back in March 2018.

Form of both teams

Post the World Cup England’s form has dipped.  Since their Third-place playoff defeat to Sweden Phil Neville’s side drew with Belgium 3-3, having at one point been 2-0 ahead mid way through the first half.  England subsequently lost back-to-back matches 2-1 to both Norway and Brazil.    They did however return to winning ways against Portugal last time out, on October 8th, thanks to a goal from Arsenal’s Beth Mead.

The German’s form by contrast has been formidable, since their World Cup Quarter-final loss to Sweden.   They have scored 31 goals already in their four European Qualifying games including a 10-0 win against Montenegro at the end of August.

Team News and Players to watch

England welcome back star forward Ellen White – who shared the golden boot with Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, scoring six goals.  They will however be without Chelsea’s playmaker Fran Kirby and centre back Millie Bright through injury.  Other key players such as Jill Scott, Toni Duggan and Georgia Stanway will also be unavailable due to various injury problems.

The Lionesses will have to keep an eye on Freiburg’s Klara Buhl. The young forward has scored 6 goals in four matches in Germany’s Euro campaign, including a hat trick against Ukraine back in October.

Lyon’s Dzsenifer Marozsan is also regarded as an important player for this German side.  Marozsan has scored 32 goals in 96 appearances for the national team and has consistently proved to be one of the best playmakers in the women’s game over the past few years.

Key Stats

  • The first match between the two sides was played in 1984
  • England achieved their first draw with Germany in January 2007 – a goalless draw played in China.
  • Germany won the last match at Wembley 3-0 against England back in November 2014 in front of a then record crowd of 45,619.
  • Germany has won eight European Championships – six of those titles were achieved between 1995-2013 before World Cup runners-up, The Netherlands broke that dominance by winning the title in 2017.

Prediction

England 1-3 Germany

Can see a similar result to that of 2014 – the Lionesses still have a few important players missing and Germany’s form particularly in the past few months has been exceptional.

 

 

Women’s Super League Round Up: Week Five

Chelsea became the new leaders of the Women Super League following the completion of the fifth round of fixtures.

Emma Hayes’ side claimed a hard fought 3-1 win at West Ham United’s Rush Green Stadium.

Arsenal meanwhile bounced back from their defeat against Chelsea last time out, by overcoming title rivals Manchester City at Meadow Park 1-0, ensuring that City lost their perfect winning start to the campaign.

A bad week for Nick Cushing’s side was compounded in the Champions League, where Spanish side Atletico Madrid eliminated City 3-2 on aggregate.

Elsewhere, Casey Stoney’s Manchester United made it three wins in a row by claiming a 2-0 victory over Reading.

Merseyside club, Everton returned to winning ways against Hope Powell’s Brighton and newly promoted Tottenham Hotspur emerged victorious in the West Country against Bristol City.

The final games of the day saw Liverpool’s early season struggles continue as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Birmingham City.

Sunday 27thOctober results

Everton 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

 Manchester United 2-0 Reading

 Birmingham City 2-0 Liverpool

 Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City

 Bristol City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

 West Ham United 1-3 Chelsea

 Ji So-Yun fires the Blues top

Chelsea had to come from 1-0 down to defeat their London rivals, West Ham United.

Canadian striker, Adriana Leon gave the Hammers a shock lead with her first touch after coming on as a 58thminute substitute.

Welsh Captain, Sophie Ingle however equalised for the West London club ten minutes later with her second goal of the season.

Two minutes later, Ji-So Yun completed the turn around, firing in a stunning 20-yard strike past American goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan, before Drew Spence secured the victory in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

First league defeat for Manchester City

Vivanne Miedema scored her first ever goal against Manchester City with a clinical right-footed finish just before half time. This goal consigned Nick Cushing’s team to a first league defeat of the season.

The Gunners were worthy winners and could have added more to the one goal that they scored as Scottish international, Lisa Evans struck the cross-bar in the second half, while midfielder Jordan Nobbs and Beth Mead also wasted good chances.

The Red Devils make it three in a row

A Kirsty Hanson volley and a composed one-on-one finish from substitute Jessica Sigsworth, five minutes from the end secured victory for Manchester United over Reading.

Casey Stoney’s newly promoted team continue to impress in their first Super League campaign as they now gained nine points out of a possible 15 as well as a 2-0 victory over fierce rivals, Manchester City in the Continental Cup.

Pressure mounts on two time Super League winners

Birmingham City earned their first league win of the campaign at Damson Park against former two time winners of the Super League, Liverpool.

The Blues secured a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from defender Kerys Harrop, who headed in England midfielder Lucy Staniforth’s free kick. Stainiforth then completed the scoring with curling left footed finish seven minutes from the end.

This latest defeat for Vicky Jepson’s side sent them bottom of the table and they are still without a win in the WSL, with only one point from their opening five matches.

Toffees return to winning ways and Spurs triumph in the West Country

The final two matches saw Everton end a two match losing run as they beat Brighton 2-0 thanks to a fourth goal in five matches from striker Chloe Kelly and a header from on loan Manchester City defender, Esme Morgan.

Finally Tottenham Hotspur secured their third league victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Bristol City.

Abi Hasson had initially put the hosts, Bristol City ahead in the ninth minute following a goalmouth scramble. The West Country Club however are still looking for their first win of the season, thanks to two goals from Tottenham’s new striker, Kit Graham

What next?

The Women Super League takes a break for the next few weeks with the next round of fixtures not due to take place until Sunday 17thNovember. 

There are however tantalising England international fixtures.  The Three Lionesses first take on former World Champions, Germany in a sold out match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 9thNovember. This is followed by a trip to face the Czech Republic on Tuesday 12thNovember.

England Women’s International fixtures

Saturday 9thNovember

England vs Germany Kick-off (5:30pm)

Tuesday 12thNovember

Czech Republic vs England (7:15pm)

(Photo – Chelsea FC)

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Friendly International: England vs Norway Preview

England’s Lionesses face Norway’s Grasshoppers in Bergin on Tuesday evening in their second match, post the World Cup. (Kick off 5pm BST).

Their last meeting came just over two months ago when England defeated Norway 3-0 in the World Cup Quarter Finals.

The Lionesses will be looking to reach that level of performance again, as Phil Neville’s team begin to step up their preparations for the Olympics and the defence of the SheBelieves Cup next year.

England will certainly need to improve on their 3-3 friendly draw with Belgium last week, a team that are currently ranked 15 places below them.

It was only thanks to a late Nikita Parris penalty that the Lionesses avoided their first defeat to the Red Flames since 1980.

Opponents:

Following the World Cup, Norway have had a strong start to their 2021 Euro campaign by winning 6-0 against Northern Ireland last Friday.  Barcelona winger, Caroline Hansen scored an impressive hat trick and will certainly provide the main attacking threat for The Grasshoppers.

Team News:

Phil Neville will once again not be able to call upon World Cup top scorer, Ellen White. The Manchester City striker is likely to face a period on the side-lines through injury along with regular number one goalkeeper, Karen Bardsley.

In the past few days Reading midfielder, Jade Moore has also withdrawn from the squad with a thigh injury and has been replaced by Liverpool winger, Melissa Lawley. 

Midfielder Jill Scott meanwhile has also been rested for these friendlies.

Neville therefore may be tempted to rotate and hand a first start to Chelsea forward, Beth England, who gave an impressive display as a substitute against Belgium.

Manchester City’s, Aoife Mannion could also have a debut at centre back as well as other first time call-ups that include England Under-20 Bronze Medallists, Sandy MacIver and Anna Patten.

Recent Meetings:

Norway won the last international friendly between the two sides, 1-0 in January 2017.  England however won the last two World Cup matches, 3-0 in June 2019 Quarter-final and 2-1 in the Round of 16 match, 2015.