Women’s Euros: Spain to hold England to a draw

Spain face England in Breda on Sunday in the second bout of Women’s Euros matches, after both teams won their opening games on Wednesday.

England’s 6-0 triumph over Scotland signalled a record-breaking score line for the Lionesses and Spain’s derby ended in a 2-0 loss for Portugal.

Both teams will be confident coming into the game, with Spain also riding high on the memory of inflicting a Lionesses loss in their last Euro encounter in a 3-2 group stage thriller in 2013, where they went on to make the last eight of the competition.

The overall head-to-head record indicates a potentially tight match ahead, with Spain taking five wins across 11 encounters over the years – however England have scored three more than their opponents during these meetings.

England have failed to emulate their Euros heights of 2009 where they finished as runners-up but have come into the competition on good form, winning their previous three friendly fixtures.

 


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The FIFA world rankings place the Lionesses in fifth spot, with opponents Spain languishing in 13th, and the Spaniards lost the last encounter between the sides in a friendly back in October.

England’s Toni Duggan recently signed for Barcelona, where she will be playing alongside nine of the Spanish squad, and the forward will certainly be looking to get on the scoresheet this weekend.

However, with opposition goalkeeper Dolores Gallardo having picked the ball out of her own net just twice in 560 minutes, it could be a close one.

I’ll be going for the draw at 3.32 with Sportsbet.io


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