England v Spain: Lionesses can tame Spaniards in quarter-finals
Euro 2022: Preview, odds and England Women v Spain Women betting tips
England are bidding for a place in the Euro 2022 semi-finals when they take on Spain at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on Wednesday night when coach Sarina Wiegman is hopeful of taking her place in the dug-out having missed the win against Northern Ireland with Covid.
The Lionesses were already guaranteed top spot in the group with a game to spare but head coach Sarina Wiegman named a full-strength team for Friday night’s 5-0 victory over Northern Ireland which gave us a winning tip at evens.
The tournament hosts are also evens to win inside 90 minutes as we look at the main talking points in our England Women v Spain Women betting tips.
England Women v Spain Women form
The Lionesses made light work of already-eliminated Northern Ireland in Southampton last week despite the absence of Covid-hit Wiegman who may not be on the touchline for the quarter-final, with assistant Arjan Veurink potentially in charge again.
England got off to a slow start in the group with a 1-0 win against Austria, but 8-0 and 5-0 victories over Norway and Northern Ireland mean they are yet to concede a goal at the European Championship and are 9/4 to win to nil once again.
The score was goalless against Kenny Shiels’ side five minutes before the break, but Fran Kirby curled in the opener before Beth Mead scored her fifth goal of the tournament.
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Alessia Russo scored twice as a second-half substitute and an own goal from Kelsie Burrows wrapped up the scoring to make it 98 goals in England’s 17 matches under Wiegman, 15 of which were wins.
Spain suffered a massive blow to their hopes even before the tournament had begun, with Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas sustaining an ACL injury which required surgery and means the Barcelona star will miss the whole of next season. Spain were already without all-time top goalscorer Jennifer Hermoso with a knee injury.
La Roja, 11/2 in the Euro 2022 winner odds, started their group campaign with a 4-1 victory over Finland, but lost 2-0 to Germany four days later.
That meant they only needed a draw against Denmark to reach the knockout stage, but Marta Cardona’s last-minute header ensured a 1-0 win on Saturday.
The hosts are the 11/4 favourites to win the tournament and their spectacular win against Norway will have given the Spaniards plenty to think about, but we’re not expecting a cakewalk on Wednesday, so a win and under 3.5 goals at 8/5 is one of our England Women v Spain Women betting tips.
England Women v Spain Women head to head
The two teams met in an intense friendly at Carrow Road exactly five months ago which ended in a goalless draw, although Putellas was in Spain’s starting line-up.
Wiegman made eight changes to the side that had drawn with Canada just three days earlier and despite only having 34% possession, England created several opportunities.
However, Wiegman has named the same starting XI in all three group matches at Euro 2022 and may decide to stick with a winning formula once again.
Winger Lauren Hemp said: “They’re a great side, possession-based football, and we’re ready for that and we’ve done all the preparation needed for it. It’s going to be a massive challenge. But we know on our day we can beat anyone.
“I think it’s important we go into the game with the same mindset, the same attitude – they are still a fantastic team, even though they are missing some key players.”
England struggled to break down Northern Ireland in the first half though and the last two encounters with the Spaniards have been goalless at the break, so we’ll go with Draw HT/England FT at 18/5 or alternatively the game to be 0-0 at the break is 29/20.
England Women v Spain Women team news
Goalkeeper Hannah Hampton has tested positive for Covid, but all other members of the squad are available, according to Wiegman who could pick the same starting XI for a fourth successive time as Ellen White closes on Wayne Rooney’s all-time goalscoring record.
White needs just one goal to match the former England men striker’s tally of 53 and is almost certain to lead the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation on Wednesday, but Russo’s double against Northern Ireland will have given Wiegman food for thought.
Spain could also stick with a similar line-up to the one that squeezed past Denmark in a 4-1-4-1 system in which Lucia Garcia started up front.
Mead looks excellent value at 11/2 to bag the opening goal or 23/10 to score any time, while White can be backed at 9/2 and 9/5 in the two markets.
Winger Lauren Hemp has scored two goals at Euro 2022 and looks an interesting prospect at 8/1 and 16/5, the same prices as Georgia Stanway, England’s penalty-taker.
"I wasn't surprised!" 😏
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 16, 2022
Kirby opened the scoring on Friday and is 17/2 to repeat the trick or 7/2 just to find the net in our England Women v Spain Women betting tips.
Centre-back Irene Paredes scored Spain’s equaliser in their opening group game and is 25/1 to break the deadlock again or 9/1 just to score, but striker Esther Gonzalez is more likely at 6/1 and 13/5 in the two options.
Where: Amex Stadium, Brighton
When: 20:00, Wednesday 20th July
How to watch: BBC 1
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication