In the upcoming semifinals of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, Australia and England are set to compete on Wednesday, vying for a place in the final showdown. The match is scheduled to take place at Stadium Australia in Sydney. The victor of this clash will progress to face either Spain or Sweden in the championship match.
Tournament co-hosts, Australia, secured their place in the semifinals after a thrilling penalty kick shootout against France in the quarterfinals, marking their inaugural entry into the World Cup's final four. Meanwhile, England, having triumphed 2-1 over Colombia, are making their third appearance in the semifinals throughout their program history.
Here's your guide to catch the game:
Date: Wednesday, August 16
Time: 6:00 a.m. ET
Venue: Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia
TV Broadcast: Fox
Live Stream: fubo (Free Trial Available), Fox Sports app
Betting Odds: Australia +230; Draw +185; England +135
Australia: The Matildas have captured the hearts of the nation on their journey to the semifinals. Despite their historic run, they're regarded as underdogs in the eyes of oddsmakers, faced with the formidable challenge of confronting the reigning 2022 Euro champions. The path to this stage hasn't been smooth, with multiple players grappling with injuries. Notably, star striker Sam Kerr has been absent for most of the tournament. The likes of Caitlin Foord, Hayley Rasso, and Mary Fowler have stepped up to lead the attack in Kerr's absence. Midfielders Kyra Cooney-Cross and Katrina Gorry have proven indispensable in the middle third, and their performance against England will be crucial.
England: The Lionesses find themselves in their third World Cup semifinal, with an opportunity to finally clinch their maiden appearance in the final. Despite being labeled as favorites, manager Sarina Wiegman acknowledges the significance of the match for both teams. Facing the host nation in front of an enthusiastic crowd presents a formidable challenge, requiring not only physical preparation but also mental resilience. England's strength lies in their deep bench, although they'll miss winger Lauren James due to suspension. The journey to this point has been marked by challenges, including a knee injury to Keira Walsh and the aforementioned suspension. Exciting matchups are anticipated in the attacking lines, with players like Alessia Russo, Lauren Hemp, and Ella Toone aiming to dictate the pace of the game and stifle the home crowd's support.
Anticipate a tentative start in the first half as both teams strive to secure their first-ever World Cup final berth. The presence of exceptional goalkeepers, England's Mary Earps and Australia's Mackenzie Arnold, will likely lead to narrow scorelines. Prediction: England 2, Australia 1.
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