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The co-hosts of the 2023 Women’s World Cup Australia exploded to live on the final day of the group stage when they trashed Canada 4-0. The Matildas put themselves in a tough spot after losing their second game 2-3 vs Nigeria. Their reaction couldn’t have been more convincing though. Since then they have only been going from strength to strength it seems. Now they are up a familiar foe France as the Matildas try for the first time ever to go past the quarterfinal stage. Here are our Australia women vs France predicted lineups and the latest team news.
The game is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th and will be played in Brisbane, Australia at the Brisbane Stadium. The kick-off time is 08:00 am GMT.
Australia women predicted lineup: Are the Matildas ready to tango?
The Matildas responded in the most convincing of ways to their shocking defeat vs Nigeria. Put under pressure and in need of a win they trashed Olympic champions Canada 4-0 in their final game of the group and with 2 wins in 3 they finished first. Despite missing their best striker Sam Kerr in all 3 group matches the Aussies found a way to win twice.
Their confidence oozed in the round of 16 when they easily breezed past Denmark with a deserved 2-0 win. Oh, and guess what Sam Kerr is back! Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer came on for the final 10 minutes of the match vs Denmark to signal to the world that she still intends to take her own World Cup by storm.
The influential Chelsea striker Sam Kerr, arguably Australia’s best forward, is finally over a calf injury and she will likely be ready to start for the first time. The Matildas are a different beast to handle when Kerr plays, so watch out for them scoring goals at will once she steps on the grass.
Raso should keep her spot on the right flank and she is full of confidence after scoring 3 goals in the last 2 matches.
Australia Predicted Lineups (4-4-2):
Arnold – Carpenter, Hunt, Kennedy, Catley – Raso, Gorry, Cooney-Cross, Foord – Kerr, Fowler
France predicted lineup: can Les Bleus outscore the hosts?
France still remember the 0-1 defeat they suffered vs Australia in a friendly just before the World Cup began. Les Bleus made a shaky start to the World Cup with a 0-0 draw vs Jamaica. They went on to beat Brazil and Panama after that though. With a bit of luck debutants Morocco awaited for them in the last 16 and France easily beat them 4-0.
Les Bleus have scored 11 goals in their last 3 games and despite being poor defensively they seem to focus on scoring more than their opponents right now.
The only injured player is Melle Laklar. Even she has a chance to recover on time so the French could be at full strength.
Diani has a guaranteed starting spot up front after scoring 4 goals in the last 2 matches.
France Predicted Lineups (4-4-1-1):
Peyraud-Magnin – Perisset, Renard, De Almeida, Karchaoui – Dali, Geyoro, Toletti, Bacha – Le Sommer – Diani
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