The group stages are over and the knockout round is ready to begin in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022. The first quarterfinal matchup features host England against Spain in a battle of two teams ranked in the top 10 in the world in FIFA rankings. Kickoff on Wednesday is set for 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Wednesday’s quarterfinal will take place at The Amex in Brighton and Hove, England with a capacity crowd of just over 30,000 expected. These teams last met in February with a 0-0 draw in the Arnold Clark Cup, played in Norwich, England. Spain beat England in 2020 with the Lionesses grabbing a 2-0 win in the 2017 Euros group stage. It’s time to take a look at the upcoming match between these teams so you can get all set to bet against their UEFA Women’s EURO Odds.
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England Cruise Through Group Stage
England have flat out dominated this competition so far, blasting their opponents en route to a 3-0 group stage record. Not only did they beat Austria in front of the biggest crowd in the history of the tournament, they also broke scoring records in their next two games.
After opening the tournament in front of 68,871 fans at Manchester’s Old Trafford, the Lionesses crushed Norway 8-0 in The Amex. In the group finale they beat Northern Ireland 5-0 to set the all-time group record for most goals at 14.
England’s had six different goal scorers in the tournament, plus an own goal. Beth Mead has scored in every game and leads the Euros with five goals. Those five goals are a group record and just one away from the single-tournament record which she will look to equal against Spain.
Alessia Russo is second in the tournament with three goals and Ellen White has two, both against Northern Ireland. White has 52 career goals for England, one less than Wayne Rooney’s record on the men’s side.
England have yet to concede a goal in the tournament. In fact the defense has been so dominant and England have had so much possession that keeper Mary Earps has only been called upon to make three saves in the three clean sheets.
England haven’t lost in 17 games, dating back to a 2-1 friendly loss to Canada on April 13, 2021. They haven’t lost a competitive game since falling to Spain 1-0 on March 11, 2020 in the SheBelieves Cup in Frisco, Texas. England haven’t reached the final since falling to Germany in 2009 and they lost in the semifinals to Netherlands in 2017.
Spain Missing Superstars
Spain has slowly and steadily been climbing up the FIFA World Rankings since losing to the United States in the Round of 16 at the 2019 World Cup. Their last four losses in competitive games have come to Germany and the US, with two each since the start of the 2019 World Cup. As a result of their success, Spain entered this tournament ranked #10 in the world.
The entire Spanish squad play domestically in Spain except for defender Ona Batlle who plays for Manchester United. They are led by captain and defender Irene Paredes along with midfielder Mariona Caldentey and striker Esther Gonzalez. Sadly they are without UEFA Player of the Year Alexia Putellas who tore her ACL in the tournament warm ups and POY runner up Jenni Hermoso who suffered a knee injury in June.
Putellas scored 11 goals to lead Barcelona to the Women’s Champions League title last year. Hermoso, meanwhile, had 10 goals in the Euro qualifiers to lead all players in scoring. The two have combined for 72 goals since 2011 for Spain and without them the top scorer is Caldentey with 18 career goals.
Spain knocked off Finland 4-1 in the Group B opener as four different players scored. In the second game they ran into nemesis Germany and lost 2-0. Spain had to win their final game to ensure qualification to the quarterfinals and they beat Denmark 1-0 through a 90th minute goal from Marta Cardona.
At MyBookie, England is favored to win the game in regulation at +107. Spain is +216 to pull off the upset while a draw, sending the game to extra time, is +234. Over 2.5 goals is +103 and under 2.5 goals is -142. England is -166 to advance while Spain is +125.
With Putellas and Hermoso out it will be hard for Spain to keep up with England’s firepower. It may be smart for Spain to lay back, park the bus and attempt to score only on counters. Mead, White and the Lionesses are likely just too much for Spain in this quarterfinal matchup, especially with the backing of a large crowd in Brighton.
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