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STAR PREVIEW Mon: England Women v Norway Women

England’s EURO 2022 credentials will be seriously tested on Monday night when they come face-to-face with a plucky, well-drilled Norway side at the Falmer Stadium in Brighton.

The Lionesses got their tournament off to a strong start last Wednesday. Although they didn’t win by the margin that perhaps they were hoping for, a 1-0 victory over Austria in their first game – courtesy of a Beth Mead strike – will have gone done nicely for Sarina Wiegman and co.

Due to the emphatic nature of Norway’s win over Northern Ireland, England sit behind them in the group table on goal difference but a win for Wiegman’s side on Monday night would take them above Norway and surely seal their route into the next round.

The Lionesses are able to name an unchanged side for this encounter with Norway after coming through Wednesday’s victory over Austria unscathed but – with plenty of options for Wiegman to choose from – there could be a temptation to tinker and rotate.

England Women v Norway Women
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Group Stage
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SEPT 2019 FRIENDLY Norway 2-1 England
JUN 2019 WORLD CUP Norway 0-3 England
JAN 2017 FRIENDLY England 1-0 Norway
JUN 2015 WORLD CUP Norway 1-2 England
JAN 2014 FRIENDLY Norway 1-1 England
JAN 2012 FRIENDLY Norway 2-1 England
JAN 2011 FRIENDLY Norway 0-0 England
JAN 2010 FRIENDLY Norway 1-1 England
APR 2009 FRIENDLY England 3-0 Norway
FEB 2008 FRIENDLY England 2-1 Norway

Norway ended up being one of the biggest disappointments of the 2017 European Championship; losing all three of their group games without even scoring a goal.

They have already been able to better that after demolishing Northern Ireland 4-1 in their opening group match thanks to goals from Julie Blakstad, Frida Maanum, Caroline Graham Hansen and Guro Reiten.

The return of Ada Hegerberg is what is really giving Norway hope at this tournament, though. Although she didn’t get on the scoresheet in their opening game, the 26-year-old – with 154 goals in 134 games to her name for club Lyon – is definitely the player England need to look out for.

This should be a much tougher test for Wiegman’s side but, with the home crowd roaring them on, we expect them to come through that challenge. We’re backing England to win here but both teams to find the back of the opposition’s net.


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