JPN-W vs ENG-W Dream11 Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Japan and England clash at the FIFA Women's Cup 2019 with the supremacy in Group D at stake.
Group D so far:
Japan responded to their stalemate with Argentina in their opening world cup game with a 2-1 win over Scotland in the next game.
Mana Iwabuchi (23′) and Yuika Sugasawa (37′ P) gave the Nadeshiko a 2-0 lead before the half time before Scottish forward Lana Clelland (88′) ensured a tough ending to the match for 2011 champions.
Japan need a point in their next game to ensure a 2nd place finish in the group.
England meanwhile are sitting at the top of the table with two wins in as many games.
A 2-1 win over neighbour Scotland was followed up with another close encounter against Argentina where Jodie Taylor's goal was the difference between the teams.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 match will be played between Japan and England at Allianz Riviera, in Nice, France. The ground has a capacity of 35,624. The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Thursday, June 20.
Sony Sports Network has the exclusive rights to broadcast FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 matches in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official SonyLiv App.
Recent form (Last six matches) Japan – L L L D D W England – L W W L W W
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Japan Team News:
Japan may be aiming for their 3rd consecutive finals appearance, the team is a different proposition. The squad is largely composed of young players, with the average age of the side being 24, while 17 players are making their World Cup debuts.
Forwards: Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby, Beth Mead, Nikita Parris, Jodie Taylor, Ellen White
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Even after England's 2-1 win in the opening game, Phil Neville didn't shy away from taking some tough calls for the Argentina game.
One of the surprising change came in goal with Karen Bardsley losing her place to Carly Telford. After her composed game, expect the latter to start the match.
England were shaky at the back in Game-1, and no wonder the backline was tweaked as Abbie McManus came in to replace Millie Bright.
While centre-back Steph Houghton managed to hold onto her place despite some wayward passing against Scotland. But she was more of herself in Game-2. Considering England have clinched the last-16 berth, Houghton may be rested here.
The real decision will be who starts up front. Ellen White and Jodie Taylor started the 1st and 2nd game respectively with both of them finding the back of the net. Taylor was an unused substitute in game-1, while White remained on the bench in Game-2.
England Probable XI: Carly Telford (GK), Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus / Millie Bright, Alex Greenwood, Keira Walsh, Nikita Parris, Fran Kirby, Jill Scott, Beth Mead, Ellen White / Jodie Taylor