Defending champions handed tough opener

England expected to fare strongly

The Netherlands (8/1 Women’s Euros Outright) won their maiden European Championships in 2017 and they face a tough start to their defence with Olympic silver medallists Sweden (6/1) set to provide a stern test.

Indeed, Sweden, who won the inaugural Euros in 1984, have claimed the silver medal at the last two Olympic Games, while they have finished runners-up at the European Championships on three occasions.

There is every chance that these two nations could end up meeting in the final at Wembley on July 31st and Dutch head coach Parsons is under no illusions of the task that awaits them at Bramall Lane.

Parsons said: “Sweden were probably the best team in the Olympics, although they fell just short, and they’ve done well to continue moving forward. They are a very experienced team with great communication on and off the pitch. Will have to be at our best.”

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That clash in Sheffield is set to get underway at 20:00 with the other two sides in Group C, Portugal and Switzerland, squaring off at 17:00 (Match Betting – Portugal Women 2/1, Draw 11/5, Switzerland Women 13/10).

Portugal and Switzerland, who meet at Leigh Sports Village, made their debuts in the competition in 2017 and both failed to get out of their group.

It looks like it could be difficult to reach the knockout phase once again with the Netherlands and Sweden fancied to finish in the top two spots, therefore, winning this opening match could be crucial in trying to upset the heavyweights.

Switzerland ran out 3-1 winners over Portugal when they last met in the Algarve Cup in 2019 but they arrive at the Euros in terrible form, having failed to win in six games and losing each of their last three without scoring.

Portugal, meanwhile, have been building momentum and they are unbeaten in four games, winning three during that sequence without conceding.

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Author: Lucas Carlson