FIFA Women’s World Cup: Canada vs. England Score, Odds, Time

Frank Doyle | Sat. Jun 27 2015, 03:06 pm

Canada is two wins away from the Women’s World Cup Final and expects a record crowd for its quarterfinal match with England.

Team Canada vs. England

Time: Saturday June 27, 7:30 p.m. ET

Odds: Canada +101 favorite, England +262 underdog, Draw +227

Location: BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

TV: CTV

Women’s World Cup Odds

Canada

Team Canada has had some close calls, but have managed to do just enough so far in the Women’s World Cup. Canada has just three goals for in comparison to only one against, thanks in large part to keeper Erin McLeod’s tremendous play. Team Canada will be challenged at the back, but teenager Kadeisha Buchanan looks ready to hold the back line by herself if need be. In attack, the Canucks must push the ball wide to open up lanes for runs; Canada has been much too willing to forge ahead down the middle of the field instead of spreading the ball to the flanks. That must change against England. Canada will likely need at least two goals to advance now.

Woman to watch:

Josee Belanger, striker: Canada moved Belanger from fullback to striker against the Swiss and she made an immediate impact by driving defenders back and stretching the field before scoring Canada’s only goal of the match in the second half.

Quote of note:

“You’re not meant to have fun. I mean you climb Everest. It hurts, it’s painful. We’re now in the death zone where the oxygen’s thinner. It’s not meant to be fun. But when we look back, that’s when we’ll reflect and go, ‘Wow, what an achievement, what we’ve done for our country.’” – Team Canada coach John Herdman.

England

England has already scored six times in the tournament and likely presents the toughest challenge to Canada’s defence yet. The Lionesses started slow in those competition but have gained momentum with each match. England is looking for revenge after Team Canada knocked Team Great Britain out of the 2012 Olympics in London and has proved its toughness after coming back to beat Norway in the Round of 16. England can match Canada’s physical style and is potent around the box with numerous players capable of putting the ball away.

Woman to watch:

Fran Kirby, striker – It might look like a mismatch on paper when the 5-foot-2 Kirby runs at Canada’s stout back line for the first time, but Kirby has lived up to her “Mini Messi” nickname. Her ball control and playmaking will be key to England’s success.

Quote of note:

“This is a different Canada who have relied on some fortunate refereeing decisions. I’m not sure we’ve seen them score a really strong goal that hasn’t come from an opponent’s error or a refereeing error.” – England coach Mark Sampson on Team Canada.

Prediction:

Canada 2, England 1.