Wiegman predicts tight Norway tussle

England expected to fare strongly

England head coach Sarina Wiegman is expecting an “open match” against Norway, as the Euro 2022 hosts aim to make it back-to-back Group A wins on Monday night.

The Lionesses started their campaign with a 1-0 win over Austria on Wednesday but now comes a seemingly tougher test against the Norwegians, who beat Northern Ireland 4-1 in their first match.

England are the favourites to win at the Amex Stadium in Brighton at 4/7, but Wiegman insists there is little to choose between the two nations. Norway are 9/2 to come out on top and the draw is 3/1.

She said: “I think they have a very strong squad and we do too. I expect an open match so let’s see where it goes. Obviously I hope we win it.”

Norway boss Martin Sjogren, meanwhile, believes England are under pressure with the tournament being played on home soil and was keen to play up her side’s underdog tag ahead of the big clash on the South Coast.

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He added: “England is one of the big favourites for the tournament. I think England feels quite a lot of pressure from being at home, being one of the favourites.

“They’ve had very good performances, especially in the preparations before the Euros. England need to be the favourites in this game going into it.”

England are on a seven-game winning streak and are 15 unbeaten going into the Norway showdown, while Sjogren’s team have won their last six.

After they both started the competition with wins, it’s thought both could be unchanged for the second group game, with Ellen White up front supported by the likes of Beth Mead, Fran Kirby and Lauren Hemp for the hosts, while Norway have former Ballon d’Or Feminin Ada Hegerberg in their ranks.

Northern Ireland take on Austria in Southampton at 17:00 in the other match in the group on Monday (Match betting – Austria 2/11, NI 12/1, Draw 6/1).

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Author: Lucas Carlson