France Women and Morocco Women will lock horns on Tuesday afternoon (12.00) at the Hindmarsh Stadium for a place in the 2023 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals.
France reached the quarter-finals in the previous two World Cups and finished fourth in 2011, while Morocco have exceeded expectations at their maiden tournament.
After being rested for the final group game, France captain Wendie Renard and star strike Eugenie Le Sommer are expected to return to the starting XI here.
Maelle Lakrar has played every minute of the tournament, but the defender is a doubt for Tuesday’s contest due to a thigh issue.
As for Morocco, Nesrryne El Chad looks set to feature in central defence alongside Nouhaila Ben Zina, while Hanane Ait El Haj and Zineb Redouani look likely to start as the two full-backs.
France to win and over 3.5 goals @ 13/10
France produced the almost perfect campaign during the group stages in what was a tough looking Group F as they secured a point in a 0-0 draw with Jamaica in their opening group game and that was followed by a decisive 2-1 win against Brazil.
Only 52nd-ranked Panama stood in their way of emerging from the group and into the knockout rounds but Herve Renard’s side ran out 6-3 winners.
France have now suffered just the one defeat out of their last eight matches on the World Cup stage, while also losing once in their last 11 matches in all competitions.
Morocco now face the very tough task of containing a quality French outfit on Tuesday night and the bigger picture shows that they have managed to pick up just two wins out of their last eight matches overall.
In addition, Morocco have scored just two goals during this period and have failed to hit the back of the net in no fewer than six times in this period as well.
France hit six goals in their final group game, and Morocco were beaten 6-0 by Germany in the group stage, so there could be plenty of goals in this clash.
Kadidiatou Diani to score anytime @ 11/10
Diani bagged a hat-trick in the win over Panama and she is set to start as part of a front two with experienced striker, and the country’s all-time leading scorer, Eugenie Le Sommer.
The Lyon forward has 25 international goals for France and looks well priced to add to that tally against a vulnerable Morocco side.