Sunday 23 June: 5.30pm KO
Live on BBC1
Those with a certain age will remember England taking on Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup knock-out stages. 29 years later (where do they go?), it’s the turn of England Women to face the Africans with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.
England Women have won all three of their games so far in this tournament. Victories over Scotland, Argentina and Japan have seen Ladbrokes offer odds of 8/1 (9.0) to win the Women’s World Cup for the first time. They have slowly been improving throughout this tournament and the win over Japan showed what they are capable of. Still the question exists of whether they can beat the USA, France or Germany, the three teams ahead of them in the betting.
The win over Japan made it five wins from their last six matches. Their only defeat was a 1-0 loss to New Zealand in their final warm-up game. Their defence has been holding out well in this tournament with only one goal conceded to date. The odds on them winning this last 16 game to nil are 3/4 (1.75) at BetVictor.
If England make it into the quarter finals, then their opponents will be either Norway or Australia. They are in the same half of the draw as France and the USA, so reaching the final would be a great achievement for England. The odds on them winning this match in 90 minutes are 1/6 (1.16) at SkyBet.
Cameroon are ranked 46th in the world, compared to England’s current third position. They are competing in only their second Women’s World Cup finals. Their only other appearance was in 2015 when reaching this stage and losing 1-0 to China. They are 11/1 (12.0) at Betfair to qualify for the quarter-finals.
They have had a series of close misses in the Women’s African Cup of Nations. In the past nine tournaments, they have reached at least the semi-final. Still no title though despite being unbeaten in the 2018 event. The odds on them winning the Women’s World Cup this year are 500/1 (501.0) at Betway.
The African nation qualified for the knock-out stages by being one of the best third-place teams. They were in Group D and began their campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Canada. A 3-1 loss to the Netherlands followed but they were still in with a chance of third spot. Their final game saw them beat New Zealand (who recently beat England of course) 2-1. It took a 95th minute winner to secure them their place in the last sixteen. You can get 20/1 (21.0) at Paddy Power on them beating England in 90 minutes.
The two countries have no previous meetings. The nearest you can get is in 2012 when Great Britain beat Cameroon 3-0 in the Olympic tournament. A 3-0 win for England in this game has odds of 11/2 (6.5) at Bet365.
England have no fresh injury worries coming out of the win over Japan.
The Cameroon winner against New Zealand was the latest goal score in this competition. The earliest goal in a Cameroon match in their group was scored in the 41st minute. It’s 15/2 (8.5) at SkyBet that the first goal in this match is scored between the 41st and 50th minutes.
Eng;and’s men had a good draw in the knock-out section of the 2018 World Cup. The same seems to be happening for their women’s team too with this tie against Cameroon. They have put in increasingly better performances as this tournament has progressed and should be able to beat Cameroon with ease. The African side have lost two of their three games to date and needed a late goal to beat New Zealand. The odds on an England win with over 2.5 goals scored are