England Women v Spain Women: Key stats and odds ahead of World Cup final
England Women v Spain Women betting tips, odds and key stats
England will meet Spain in the 2023 World Cup final after defeating co-hosts Australia in a pulsating semi-final in Sydney.
The Lionesses held off a Sam Kerr-inspired fightback to triumph 3-1 and book their place in Sunday’s showpiece at the same venue.
Here, we pick out some key stats and England Women v Spain Women betting tips ahead of the all-European encounter.
Both teams are playing in their first final, with England having lost back-to-back semis in 2015 and 2019 and Spain having only won one World Cup match before this year.
The Lionesses are unbeaten in the tournament having topped Group D, while Spain were runners-up in Group C following a 4-0 loss to Japan.
Spain are only the second team in World Cup history to reach the final having lost a game by four or more goals, after Norway bounced back from an opening 4-0 defeat against China to finish as runners-up in 1991.
Regardless of the result, Europe is guaranteed to end its 16-year World Cup drought, with Germany most recently winning in 2007, while it is 20 years since the last final to feature two European nations (Germany v Sweden in 2003).
As reigning continental champions, England are seeking to emulate the aforementioned German side by completing a historic double, having already matched Sarina Wiegman’s 2019 Netherlands team by reaching the final as Euros winners.
Wiegman keeps the faith
Netherlands’ defeat against the United States in the 2019 final remains Wiegman’s solitary loss across 25 matches at major international tournaments.
That remarkable record has been built on consistency in selection. Having started with the same 11 in every match of Euro 2022, England have used just 17 players at the World Cup so far, the joint-fewest of any team to reach the knockout stages.
Spain – in contrast – have called on all but one of their 23-strong squad, with only third-choice goalkeeper Enith Salon yet to feature.
Wiegman has also barely used her bench compared to Jorge Vilda – her Spanish counterpart – with England having made 17 substitutions to Spain’s 29.
Spain on song, England dogged
Statistically, Spain have outperformed England in most departments at this year’s World Cup.
They have scored 17 goals to the Lionesses’ 13, having attempted considerably more shots (143 to 81), passes (4,137 to 3,605), crosses (214 to 129) and ball progressions (181 to 99) than their final opponents.
Wiegman’s side have only occasionally found the form that carried them to the Euro 2022 title – when they scored 22 goals in six matches – and have instead relied on their defensive resilience to progress.
England have conceded only three times from 64 efforts on Mary Earps’ goal, while Spain have proved more susceptible having shipped seven goals from just 36 shots faced.
Both teams will be braced for a tight battle following their most recent meeting in the Euro 2022 quarter-finals.
The Lionesses emerged as 2-1 victors on that occasion, but only after a late fightback.
Esther Gonzalez fired Spain into a deserved lead before Ella Toone equalised in the 84th minute and Georgia Stanway scored an extra-time winner.
Spain dominated for large periods, ending with 56 per cent of possession and firing 17 shots to the Lionesses’ nine.
It remains the only tournament match under Wiegman in which England saw their opponents enjoy the majority of the ball.
England Women v Spain Women betting tips
There is very little to choose between the two teams in the betting for Sunday’s final. England were initially priced up as favourites but are now slight underdogs at 10/11 to lift the trophy while Spain are 17/20.
Russo to score last, as she did against both Colombia and Australia, is 11/2 while Salma Paralluelo has shone for Spain and opened the scoring against Sweden. The Barcelona forward is 13/2 to score first and 9/2 to be on target in a Spain victory.
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