England Women continue their World Cup journey against Colombia Women at Stadium Australia in the quarter-finals on Saturday morning (11.30).
The teams are meeting each other for just the second time – their first and only clash occurred in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, with England prevailing 2-1 in the group stage.
The Lionesses will enter the game on the back of a difficult last-16 test against Nigeria that was decided by a penalty shootout, while Colombia edged past Jamaica.
England’s top scorer Lauren James will be suspended after her red card against Nigeria, so Rachel Daly, Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly will be eyeing this as an opportunity to stand out.
As for Colombia, Manuela Vanegas will return from suspension to take up her position on the left side of a back four.
England to win in extra-time @ 17/2
England have hardly pulled up any trees in this tournament so far, other than when the shackles were off against China. The shackles are certainly on here.
Colombia look a tough team to break down, and without top scorer Lauren James, the Lionesses could find it difficult to find the back of the net.
I can see this one being a tightly-contest affair, particularly over the opening 90 minutes, as both sides have shown themselves to be strong defensive units.
However, I’m favouring England to get the job done in extra-time, based on their experience, individual quality and squad depth.
Rachel Daly to score anytime @ 11/4
Daly was the Women’s Super League top scorer last season, but the Aston Villa star has been deployed as left-back by Sarina Wiegman, similar to Euro 2022.
However, Daly has still registered five shots on target across four games, and carries a set-piece threat, regardless of position.
With Lauren James being suspended for the game, the attacking burden will fall on the shoulders of the likes of Daly, who could even get the nudge to start up front in this match.
I think 11/4 is decent price for her to score anytime, so I’m backing it here.