England avoided a shock exit in the previous round, as they narrowly managed to overcome Nigeria. However, they will need to be back to their best on Saturday, as they collide with Colombia for a place in the last four at Stadium Australia.
Women’s World Cup 2023 Preview
England can count their blessings that they are playing a part in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup, as they looked to be heading out in the previous round. It was the first time that the Lionesses have been truly tested, and that test was only passed by the skins of their teeth. England were on the back foot throughout their round of 16 stage clash against Nigeria, with the African nation hitting the woodwork on three occasions across 120 minutes.
However, despite a red card to Lauren James, England were able to re-group to book their spot in the last eight with success from the penalty spot. England will be playing in the quarterfinals for the sixth time this weekend, and they have progressed through to the semi-finals in each of the previous two. However, they have failed to win each of their last three matches in the knockout stage.
Colombia has made a lot of fans throughout this summer, as their performances have been among the best at the competition. They continued their progression at the competition in the round of 16, as they edged to a 1-0 win over Jamaica. It is the first time that they have reached the quarterfinal stage at the competition, and they will be looking to become only the second South American nation to reach the final four following Brazil in 1999 and 2007.
Interestingly, 75% of Colombia’s wins at the Women’s World Cup have come in this edition of the competition. Before the 2023 tournament, they had won just once in seven matches at the tournament.
England vs Colombia Head to Head
This weekend’s clash will be the second time that England and Colombia have met on the international stage. The previous meeting came at the 2015 World Cup, with England landing a 2-1 win in the group stage.
England vs Colombia Prediction
Lauren James will be a huge miss for England on Saturday, and her absence was felt in the final third against Nigeria in the previous round. Colombia has been excellent at both ends of the field, and the big shock at this stage of the competition could come in this showdown, as we will be siding with the South American nation.
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