Spain Women and the Netherlands Women will go head-to-head in Friday morning’s (02.00) 2023 Women’s World Cup quarter-final tie at the Wellington Regional Stadium.
La Roja cruised to victory in their last-16 meeting with Switzerland, while the Netherlands got the better of South Africa.
Spain are hoping that centre-back Ivana Andres will be fit to start after missing the last two matches with an injury issue.
Catalina Coll made her senior international debut against Switzerland, so she could retain her place between the sticks here.
As for the Netherlands, star midfielder Danielle van de Donk was booked against South Africa on Sunday, her second yellow card of the tournament, meaning she’ll miss this tie through suspension.
Sherida Spitse will look to continue as part of the back three, winning her 221st cap.
Spain to win and under 1.5 goals @ 6/4
La Roja were beaten by Japan in their final group game once progress to the knockout stage was confirmed but they have been sensational apart from that.
They have won eight of their previous nine games and are the second-highest scorers in the tournament behind Japan, netting 13 times across four matches.
Jorge Vilda’s team got the better of Switzerland 5-1 in the round of 16 and also stuck five past Zambia and beat Costa Rica 3-0.
These two sides have met three times in the last five years, with Spain coming out on top each time without conceding.
Jennifer Hermoso to score anytime @ 11/5
The goalscoring load has been shared between several players in the Spain squad, but one name that stands out is Jennifer Hermoso
The 33-year-old has three goals already at this World Cup and also has the joint-highest number of shots on target of any Spain player, registering six from 14 efforts at goal.
Hermoso is her nation’s record goalscorer for a reason and could be the one to make the difference here due to her experience, so I’m backing her to score anytime.